Harvey Pekar is writing a libretto:
Pekar and former Cleveland Heights jazz saxophonist Dan Plonsey will premiere Leave Me Alone! on Jan. 31 at Oberlin College's Finney Chapel. The performance will be webcast. . . .Read more:
Pekar has a simple reason for accepting the job with the Real Time Opera Company, a New Hampshire-based performing-arts organization formed in 2002 to promote new opera.
"The Real Time Opera Company offered me money to write the libretto for an opera, so I figured 'Why not?'" Pekar said. "These days, I hate to turn money down."
Harvey Pekar teams with saxophonist to stage jazz opera (The Plain Dealer)
Leave Me Alone! (Real Time Opera)
Harvey Pekar on life and death
Harvey Pekar's The Quitter
[Note to the Real Time Opera webmaster: "Streamed Live 1/31/2009 8 PM" will leave many people wondering when to watch. Please, add the time zone. Thanks!]
[Update: It's 8 EST.]