Deep in the bowels of a bunker in North Dakota, 20-some-year-olds Lieutenants Martinez and Walker have one job: follow protocol. If the phone rings, answer it, verify code, initiate launch. No room for error. No room for thought. Just wait for the call. A call that in fifty years has never come. To pass time they play cards, have spitting contests, and try – try – not to think. Above ground, a new president is about to be elected into office.
In collaboration with the librettist Sophia Chapadjiev, this is the first opera I have worked on. We have been working on this piece for over a year now, and we are going to premiere it as part of the 2020 Tete a Tete Opera Festival!