“That metaphor of so many empty seats on the plane was so theatrical – her being able to transform her pain and anger and all her feelings into helping other people, which has been the grand story of her life,” Filloux says. With a score by American composer John Glover, the operetta is set in the mid-1970s, when Pol Pot became the head of the Cambodian government, looking to destroy anyone who opposed him. The resulting operetta is not a bio of Keo, but a “poetic” rendering of her experience, says Filloux, who came to Houston last year to meet refugees firsthand.
4 p.m. June 17. Rothko Chapel, 3900 Yupon. Other performances run June 16 to June 23 at various locations. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit www.houstongrandopera.org.
Sun., June 17, 4 p.m., 2012