Ty Sassaman


Tonya and Nancy: The Opera

Feb. 24
10 p.m.

It’s easy to get caught up in figure-skating fever these days thanks to the glamour of the 2018 Olympics and the darkly fantastic I, Tonya bringing the notorious ’90s scandal back into the spotlight. But if you still haven’t had enough ice drama, never fear: Tonya and Nancy: The Opera is back. The piece follows the story that shocked the figure-skating world: Top athlete Nancy Kerrigan was attacked with a collapsible baton, and it turned out that Tonya Harding’s then-husband Jeff Gillooly (and possibly Harding herself?) hired the hitman. Created in 2006 by composer Abigail Al-Doory Cross and writer Elizabeth Searle for the American Repertory Theatre, Tonya and Nancy captures all the drama in true operatic style. Mixed Precipitation first produced the piece in 2010, and revisited it for the 2014 Olympics. This time, performances will be supplemented by a viewing of the Pyeongchang games, along with commentary by skating competitors, coaches, and comedians. For tickets, go to