Rinde Eckert is critically renowned as a
composer, writer, director, singer, actor and movement artist. He conceives,
creates, composes, writes and performs in Opera / New Music Theatre productions
which tour throughout the United States, in Europe and Asia.
American Repertory Theatre commissioned and produced the playwright /
composers first full-evening opera conceived and written for a major
theatre company. Directed by ART artistic director Robert Woodruff, Highway
Ulysses carries a cast of eight, including Eckert, with music performed
by the Empty House Cooperative. Highway Ulysses had a success 24-performance
run in March 2003 and won the Norton Award for Best New Play in Boston.
Eckert conceived, wrote the book and music, and performed in And God Created
Great Whales. Produced by New Yorks Foundry Theatre, the two-person
opera opened in May 2000, taking national critics by storm, and winning
a special Obie-Award. And God Created Great Whales was remounted again
twice for off-Broadway runs. The opera was part of Baltimores Center
Stage season, ran for a week at the Mondavi Center at the University of
California, Davis, and is at Londons Barbican Center in June 2003.
Solo staged works by Eckert include An Idiot Divine, Romeo Sierra Tango,
Quit This House, and the two-person musical play The Gardening of Thomas
D. Shoot the Moving Things and Four Songs Lost in a Wall were written
for radio. Eckert frequent collaborates with Paul Dresher, and wrote and
performed in Slow Fire, Power Failure, Pioneer, and the one-person opera
Ravenshead, with music by Steve Mackey. Eckert is also a frequent collaborator
with choreographer Margaret Jenkins. The three artists won the San Francisco
Bay Areas Isadora Duncan Award for the text and music of Shelf Life
written for the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and reunited for Jenkins
30th Anniversary in April 2003.
Record producer Lee Townsend and Eckert have created three CDs of his
uniquely eclectic music: Finding My Way Home, Do the Day Over and Story
In, Story Out are available on the Intuition label in Köln, Germany.
Eckert was the featured playwright when three of his librettos were published
in the Summer 2000 issue of Theater ("New Music-Theater"), Volume
30, Number 2 published by Yale University. Rinde Eckert now lives in New