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Join us to celebrate the opening night of Rufus Wainwright and Robert Wilson’s Shakespeare’s Sonnets at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) on October 7, 2014. Iambic pentameter gets a surreal makeover in this pop-opera romp through Shakespeare’s sonnets. The enigmatic poems are pared down to 25 selections, set to everything from medieval German Minnesang to cabaret rock and performed by Bertolt Brecht’s historic Berliner Ensemble.

In dedication to Robert W. Wilson

6:30 pm:The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation and BAM invite our guests to a pre-show reception to toast the late Robert W. Wilson with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at the BAMcafé, located on the second floor of the Peter Jay Sharp Building.

7:30 pm: The curtain rises in the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House for the U.S. premiere of the production Rufus Wainwright and Robert Wilson created with the Berliner Ensemble in 2009. Join us in the BAMcafé for refreshments during intermission.

10:30 pm: Post-show reception with Robert Wilson and the Berliner Ensemble at Berlyn Restaurant.

Tickets:$1000 for pre-performance & intermission reception, premiere theatre ticket and post-performance reception.

For reservations | +1 212 253 7484 x 10 | benefit@watermillcenter.org

Special thanks to Martha Clara Vineyards for their generous support of the evening.

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