Jaffa Aharonov


Philemon and Baucis - Planet in Peril

Aug. 17
7 p.m.
$15 suggested donation
Food and Drink, Theater

The Picnic Operetta is a lot to get your head around if you’ve never experienced it before. Yes, there’s opera... and pop music, and farm-fresh snacks. Oh, and a politically charged theme. Last summer’s show was a satire of the Trump candidacy. This year, a Haydn adaptation titled Philemon and Baucis — Planet in Peril explores gentrification as a metaphor for species extinction. “It uses the music of Queen, and takes some inspiration from the big flip in housing,” says producing artistic director Scotty Reynolds, who has helped lead the annual production since its founding in 2009. “Some of the biggest rent spikes in New York were when the AIDS generation was dying and being replaced by a completely different mindset.” The operetta tours to locations across the metro area and greater Minnesota. Last year, says Reynolds, audiences enjoyed it — even if they thought the show’s buffoon was just what America needed. “We did get some audience feedback that went, ‘Nice show. I’m still voting for Trump.’ I got the feeling that they had a good time, and I hope that even when we’re being satirical there’s something charismatic and loving about the way we present villains.” Make reservations by calling 1-800-838-3006, or visit for locations and info.