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Opera Double Bill: We've Got Our Eye on You and 600 Square Feet
February 17th - February 20th, 2022 AZ Time
Online sale ends: 02/17/22 at 10:30pm AZ Time
Evelyn Smith Music Theatre
50 E. Gammage Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281
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ASU Music Theatre & Opera presents

We've Got Our Eye On You and 600 Square Feet

This is an in-person, reserved seating event. All ticket sales are available online only.

600 Square Feet

A Micro-Opera

Music by Nkeiru Okoye

Libretto by David Cote


We've Got Our Eye On You

A Chamber Opera

Music and story by Nkeiru Okoye

Libretto by David Cote

Conducted by Nathan De'Shon Myers and Brian DeMaris

Directed by Kelli Shill and Stephanie Sadownick

ASU is pleased to present the Arizona premiere of two new operatic comedies.

In "600 Square Feet," a young couple, Alexandra and Lance, share a small but cozy apartment. They have hit a rocky patch in their relationship. In fact, they just broke up. But rather than move out, they break up the apartment. Alexandra takes the bedroom, Lance stays in the living room. The reason for their fight: Lance saw Alexandra having coffee with a mutual friend and assumed they were having an affair. Meanwhile, Alexandra demands to know what Lance was doing downtown, not at his office. Both refuse to explain, yet each badly misses the other - in the next room. Can ex-lovers cohabitate in only 600 square feet without total honesty? See if love or stubbornness will triumph in this operatic rom-com about trust, boundaries and real estate.

We've Got Our Eye On You is a 60-minute opera loosely based on Ancient Greek myth, made famous in the "Stygian Witches" episode from 1981 fantasy classic Clash of the Titans. Inspired by that work and a dizzying range of influences-Gilbert & Sullivan, the Gershwins, Monty Python, Stephen Sondheim and Aretha Franklin-the opera uses broad laughs and keen, unexpected pathos to explore the unleashed desires of three highly unusual sisters torn between dignity and desire. The story takes place in Ancient Greece, in and around a cave inhabited by the Graeae, or Gray Sisters-Enyo, Pemphredo and Deino-eyeless siblings who share an external eyeball. A Chorus of Greeks introduces the sisters, who are cooking a man in their cauldron as they prepare for a visit from Pythia, the Oracle at Delphi. Pythia arrives and soon has a vision that the ladies will be "known" by the hero Perseus, who is on the hunt for Medusa. Inflamed by the idea of a strange man but honor-bound to protect their half-sister, the sisters vow not to tell. Inwardly, however, they fantasize about knowing him. Will romantic impetuosity ruin all? Is Perseus hunter or prey? Mixing broad feminist comedy with elegant, witty songwriting, the opera explores and critiques notions of heroism, chastity and the phenomenon of "hooking up."

Note: "600 Square Feet" was commissioned by Baldwin Wallace University Voice Performance in Collaboration with Cleveland Opera Theater and Onsite Opera.

The development of "We've Got Our Eye On You" was made possible in part by an OPERA America Discovery Grant for Female Composer program through the generosity of The Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Suitable for audiences age 12 and up.

Licensing information: "600 Square Feet" and "We've Got Our Eye on You" are presented by arrangement with Nkeiru Okoye. www.nkeiruokoye.com

Notice about purchasing tickets:

At this time, all ticket sales are ONLINE ONLY. There will be no in-person sales at the event. Please purchase tickets in advance. Guests who do not have a ticket at the door will be directed to purchase them online.  Additional ticket service fees apply to every purchase.

Notice to Herberger Institute Faculty, Staff, Students and Mirabella Residents:

Herberger Institute Faculty, Staff, Students and Mirabella residents redeem complimentary tickets for eligible events online directly through the ticketing system: 


Click ‘Buy Tickets’ and select desired seat(s), then:

Faculty/Staff: Select one or two 'Faculty/Staff' tickets

Students: Select one ‘Student’ ticket

Mirabella Residents: Select one 'Adult' ticket 

All: Enter your 10-digit ASU ID as the coupon code, then click the ‘Apply’ button to complete the order. For assistance, email hiboxoffice@asu.edu.

Notice about ASU Safety policies:

All attendees are required to agree to adhere to ASU policies. At this time, consistent with CDC guidelines for colleges and universities, FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED IN THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC, DANCE AND THEATRE INDOOR PERFORMANCE SPACES, and strongly encouraged in our outdoor spaces when physical distancing is not possible. We ask that you monitor for cold/flu/COVID-like symptoms, and stay home if you are unwell. Our safety policy permits performers to remove face coverings for performance as they are frequently testing and monitoring their health. ALL POLICIES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE and ticket holders will be notified via email prior to the event date should this occur. 

University COVID-19 information may be found at https://eoss.asu.edu/health/announcements/coronavirus.

Items Not Allowed
No food or beverages (other than water bottles with lids) are allowed inside the seating area of the venues. No recording devices allowed.

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Event starts at 7:30pm
Doors open at 7:00pm

Adult: $22.00
Faculty/Staff: $16.00
Senior: $16.00
Student: $12.00
Wheelchair Accessible Adult: $22.00
Wheelchair Accessible Faculty/Staff: $16.00
Wheelchair Accessible Senior: $16.00
Wheelchair Accessible Studenttaff: $12.00


Evelyn Smith Music Theatre<br> 50 E. Gammage Parkway<br> Tempe, 85281




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