|Wes Mason as Reinaldo Arenas (left) and Elliot Madore (right)|
Barihunk Elliot Madore will sing the role of Reinaldo Arenas. The only cast member returning from the original production is tenor Javier Abreu, who is reprising the role of Pepe.
Based on the famous memoir of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas, Before Night Falls follows Arenas’ life from childhood poverty in the Cuban countryside to his emigration to the United States in the 1980 Mariel boatlift, and his last decade in New York City. Disillusioned by the Cuban Revolution and persecuted by the Castro regime as a dissident writer and gay man, the opera follows his trials and tribulations as a political prisoner forced to smuggle his manuscripts abroad for publication.
Reinaldo Arenas led a life full of tragedy and didn't live to make any real money off his writing. While dying of AIDS in 1990, he committed suicide in his New York apartment because he did not want return to a hospital.
Tickets and additional cast information is available online.