Chromatic is a new Los Angeles-based production company led by director James Darrah, whose collective of interdisciplinary artists collaborate to create aesthetic theatrical experiences across blurring mediums. Comprised of directors, production designers, illustrators, fine artists, photographers, authors, and performers, the group combines their prismatic skills for original projects within the realms of theater, opera, film, special events, design, and visual curation. In the past year, members of Chromatic have participated on projects with Relativity Media, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Beth Morrison Projects, Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, PBS, Opera Omaha, wildUp, LA Opera, Los Angeles Theater Center, the HBO Network, Sundance Institute, San Francisco Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony, with whom Chromatic’s production of Britten’s Peter Grimes was described as “one of the strongest, most theatrically imaginative, musically and dramatically compelling productions of the work I have seen” by the Wall Street Journal.
This season Chromatic returns to Opera Omaha for their annual residency, mounting productions of repertoire ranging from the 18th century to modern opera by living composers. Their 2014 production of Handel’s Agrippina “brought ancient Rome to racy contemporary life” by use of “elegant minimal lines with shifting video projections that enhanced the action dramatically” (Omaha World Herald). This year they will undertake a new production of John Adams’ A Flowering Tree, directed by James Darrah, designed by Chromatic with wildUp artistic director Christopher Rountree conducting. Chromatic will also design and install an immersive theatrical event inside an abandoned shopping mall as a reinvention of Opera Omaha’s annual opening gala.
In March the group joins famed composer Tobias Picker for their debut in his inaugural season at Opera San Antonio with Poulenc’s La voix humaine in a new production with soprano Anna Caterina Antonacci. Chromatic has partnered with wildUp for the design and curation of their concert PULP at Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West, the first in a series of collaborations with the trailblazing orchestral ensemble, and will also design and direct a new production of Peter Brook’s La tragédie de Carmen for Bay Chamber Festival in Maine. Committed to original works, Chromatic is currently continuing development on the new play The Ballad of Haint Blue by Sundance playwright fellow Roxie Perkins, written for actress Sheila Vand, which was recently heard in New York as part of the Lark Playwright Center reading series.