On Monday, March 28, the Portland Opera held its final "Drink n' Draw" -- inviting a handful of PDX cartoonists to the Newmark Theatre to quaff beer, eat pizza, get a backstage tour, and watch a dress rehearsal of two Ravel one-act operas, "L'Heure Espagnole" and "L'Enfant et les Sortileges."
(God, I love that I live in a city where this sort of thing happens.)
I was just over a virus that spent a week staggering wino-style through my body, so I didn't draw as much as usual. But I managed to assemble low-calorie "live comics adaptations" of both (very entertaining) shows.
My drawings after the jump -- along with links to drawings by other, better cartoonists. These sketches will also be on display in the rotunda-level lobby of the Newmark Theatre during the Friday, April 1 performance of the two mini-operas -- possibly with a few artists in attendance.
So basically, Ravel's "L'Heure Espagnole" is set in the shop of a cuckold clockmaker (above right)...
The second one-act mini-opera, " L’Enfant et les Sortilège," was a lot of fun to watch, but moved so fast it was kind of hard to draw. I gave it my best shot.
Basically, it went like this: A little boy (played by a woman, mezzo soprano Hannah S. Penn, above) hates doing his damn homework...
Thanks again to the Portland Opera's incredibly open-minded creative, administrative and PR teams for allowing us to attend all these dress rehearsals this season. It's one of the coolest experiences I've ever had as a cartoonist.
DRAWINGS BY THE OTHER CARTOONISTS, &tc. :
Jared Souza: [ 1 ]
Sarah Oleksyk: [ 1 ]