Hurricane Zoo

Hurricane Zoo is a darkly comic video opera with text by Hunter S Thompson. Encapsulating the zeitgeist of the 60's counterculture, Thompson's alter ego, Duke, uses a mescaline trip to rage against the failed promises of the American Dream.

The opera will premiere in 2019, fifty years after Thompson first published the experimental short story 'First Visit With Mescalito' on which the work is based. 

The scene below, in which Duke is tormented by the radio, was produced with support from Gestalt Arts, Tête à Tête and Second Movement.

Benjamin Tassie