Date: Thursday, Sep 2nd, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Stuart’s Opera House

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Effective August 23, 2021, Stuart’s Opera House will require proof of full vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours or less prior to attending any event at Stuart’s Opera House. This requirement is for all audience, staff, special event staff, and performers. In addition to this change, all guests will be required to stay masked within all Stuart’s Opera House spaces. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided for you.

Everyone entering Stuart’s Opera House must show their legal identification along with a valid vaccination card or a legible image of their valid vaccination card.

Attendees who refuse to abide by this policy are welcome to transfer their tickets to guests who are fully vaccinated or willing to provide a negative COVID-19 test result.

We appreciate everyone’s willingness and cooperation as these new policies are necessary and essential to keep live performance happening and to keep our staff, artists, audience, and family members safe.

Stuart’s Opera House is excited to host Laughter, Music and Loneliness: A Conversation with authors Bela Koe-Krompecher and Kelly Sundberg on September 2 at 7pm! Join us for a musical performance by Chris Biester followed by readings from Bela Koe-Krompecher and Kelly Sundberg, two Ohio authors sharing stories and conversations about their writings and life experiences. A Q&A session will follow.

I started writing the foundation of “Love, Death, & Photosynthesis” in the summer of 2009 when I was on vacation in the Netherlands. It had been nearly ten years since I last had a drink and I was a new father. I felt the need to look back as my life was transitioning. I completed the book in early 2020. This book began as a map of my life, but it has evolved into a meditation on friendship, and the cost of addiction and mental illness. It’s about two friends who died too young and me in the middle who has tried to make sense of all the pieces of the map that seems to have been shredded along the way. Jenny Mae lived a difficult life: an honor roll student and musician who spent some years homeless on the streets of Columbus and Miami, and whose life changed me forever. Then there’s Jerry Wick, whose friendship was complicated and seemed on the border of inner peace when he was killed. For me, my hope is that their story resonates with the reader in the same way that the music they made, and the music we shared, saved us.

– Bela Koe-Krompecher, 2021

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