“Opus” Explores the Relationships between Musicians and Music

(Left to right) Tom Mula, Lee E. Ernst, Cassandra Bissell and Tim Monsion perform in “Opus.”

Peninsula Players will perform Opus by Michael Hollinger through June 24. Elliot, Carl, Alan and Dorian are members of a high-profile string quartet that has have been playing together for years. When Dorian disappears prior to the quartet’s televised White House appearance a replacement must quickly be found.

The play is an insider’s at look the charged interpersonal relationships and dynamics between the musicians and the music, as well as each other. Hollinger began writing plays after studying viola at Oberlin Conservatory. Because of his background as a musician, Hollinger considers his plays to be compositions.

“Plays are music to me; characters are instruments, scenes are movements; tempo, rhythm and dynamics are critical; and melody and counterpoint are always set in relief by rests—beats, pauses, the spaces in between,” he said.

Prior to performances, Players patrons are invited to picnic, relax on the grounds and enjoy the ambience of the beer garden. Peninsula Players perform Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm, except for a 4 pm matinee June 24.

Opus ticket prices range from $33 to $39 and discount tickets are available for groups of 15 or more. For more information or to reserve tickets, call 920.868.3287 or visit