Black Violet Act I: The Leagues of Despair

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ticket Information

$12 in advance, $15 at the door

8:30 PM
Presented By
Fifth House Ensemble and Constellation Chicago
Event Type
Event Contact
Carole Deeter
Contact Email

Fifth House Ensemble is excited to bring Black Violet, its landmark graphic novel collaboration with Chicago artist Ezra Claytan Daniels, back to the Chicago Stage! Join us at Constellation Chicago for an exciting evening that includes a pre-concert reception with drinks, complimentary snacks from Trader Joe’s, a Black Violet themed photo booth, drawing along-side Chicago artistSarah Becan, and the chance to check out Black Violet writer & illustrator Ezra Claytan Daniels’apps for the iPad.

Walter Piston — Divertimento for Nine Players
Johannes Brahms – Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano Op. 40
Jonathan Keren — Hungary is Far Away*
Heitor Villa Lobos — Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6
Greg Simon — Kites at Seal Rock+

*winner of 5HE 2009 Young Composers Competition
+honorable mention of 5HE 2009 Young Composers’ Competition

Historical Consultant: Kristen Klebba
Story and Illustrations by Ezra Claytan Daniels

The Artist: EZRA CLAYTAN DANIELS is a writer and illustrator based in Chicago, IL. His critically acclaimed graphic novel series, The Changers, began a unique comics career peppered with a number of collaborative multimedia projects ranging from video games to animation to feature documentaries. Ezra is also the creator of the popular live art spectacle, The Comic Art Battle, and Loaded Blanks Greetings, a line of fill-in-the-blanks comic-art greeting cards featuring both established as well as up and coming comics artists. Ezra recently collaborated with Chicago-based chamber group Fifth House Ensemble on the narrative concert series, Black Violet, which the Chicago Sun-Times called “a modern classic”. Ezra is currently working on Upgrade Soul, a science fiction graphic novel about an elderly couple and their malformed clones. Upgrade Soul was released in 2012 from Opertoon. For more information on Ezra, please visit WWW.DREAM-CHOCOLATE.COM.

The Story: BLACK VIOLET takes place during the last major outbreak of the Black Plague in 17th Century London. During this time, it was widely believed that black cats were the source of the disease decimating Europe. They, along with other domestic pets, were systematically rounded up and exterminated in an attempt to contain the spread of contagion. With the resulting lack of natural predators, however, London’s rat population skyrocketed—the same population that was in fact the true carrier the plague.Our story follows Violet, a young black house cat living comfortably in London. When her owner leaves home to do her part to help ease the suffering of London’s afflicted and her caretaker falls prey to the plague. Violet is forced to venture out into the world for the first time in her life. In her search for her owner, Violet faces unimaginable dangers, crosses paths with bizarre characters, and forges unexpected friendships, all amidst one of the most terrifying passages of London’s history…

Ensemble Name
Fifth House Ensemble
Speakers / Participants
Ezra Claytan Daniels, writer & illustrator
Piston, Brahms, Keren, Villa Lobos, Simon

Walter Piston — Divertimento for Nine Players
Johannes Brahms – Trio for Horn, Violin, and Piano Op. 40
Jonathan Keren — Hungary is Far Away
Heitor Villa Lobos — Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6
Greg Simon — Kites at Seal Rock

Constellation Chicago
3111 North Western Ave
Chicago, IL