With original libretto by DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and a score by George and Ira Gershwin, the modern opera focuses on the denizens of the fictitious Catfish Row and in particular, a disabled beggar's attempts to rescue a woman from her violent lover. Among the most famous songs to come from the piece are "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So."
The creative team will include scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer Emilio Sosa, and lighting designer Christopher Akerlind, along with Acme Sound Partners, which will provide sound design.
A.R.T. will present the production in in association with Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel.