The Central Park Five

Composed by Anthony Davis
Libretto by Richard Wesley


Winner of the Pulitzer Price for Music in 2020, The Central Park Five takes us to New York City in the late 80s—when five Black and Latino teenagers were falsely accused of rape and assault, and coerced into confession, during a terrible incident that gripped the nation, and still strikes our hearts. 

After serving prison sentences, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise were exonerated through DNA evidence. This courageous work speaks to the injustices and experiences they endured. 

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2 hours and 10 minutes
English with captions

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The Central Park Five is sung in English with live English captions. 

Tickets start at $35. In addition to the ticketed performances at Newmark Theatre, digital access will be available for a limited time on Portland Opera Onscreen


Captions: For patrons who are deaf or hard of hearing, each performance (whether virtual or in person) includes live English captions projected above the stage, or streamed virtually on the screen.

Audio Description: For patrons who are blind or have low-vision, the Sunday matinee performance will include a live audio description of the action and dialogue onstage.

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