played by Mikel Rouse
"Let me tell you something about myself. I hate advertising. I hate it so much I want to kill it. Have you ever hated anything that much?" -- Mal Osborne
Mikel Rouse was born in 1957 in St. Louis Missouri. He attended the Kansas City Art Institute and the Conservatory of Music at the Unviversity of Missouri at Kansas City. Rouse moved to New York City in 1979, where he studied African and other World Musics and began his study of the Schillinger Method of Composition.
Upon moving to New York, Mr. Rouse formed his contemporary chamber ensemble, Mikel Rouse Broken Consort, consisting of keyboard, electric guitar/base, woodwinds and percussion, producing numerous recordings.
In 1996 Mr. Rouse premiered the opera Dennis Cleveland which explores the late 20th century phenomenon of television ritual as a replacement of ceremony previously associated with religion. The opera, which takes place on the set of a television talk show, was hailed by The Village Voice as "the most exciting and innovative new opera since Einstein on the Beach and Perfect Lives." In 1998 The Brooklyn Academy of Music commissioned the third opera of his trilogy, The End of Cinematics, to be presented at BAM's Next Wave Festival.
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Mikel Rouse: "MAL OSBORNE"
Zoe Lister-Jones: "MOLLY HOWE"
Cort Garretson: "JOHNNY MILO"
and Doug Kastilahn as "THE ANNOUNCER"
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