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La MaMa presents in association with Columbia Stages

A Screeching Weasel Rock Opera

Music and Lyrics: Ben Weasel
Libretto: Ben Weasel (after Victor Hugo and Francesco Maria Piave)
Director: Michael Scholar, Jr.
Music Director and Arranger: Andy Peterson
Choreographer: Samantha Sheppard
A November Theatre Production

Verdi’s classic opera Rigoletto gets a punk rock overhaul by iconic frontman of Screeching Weasel (“Cool Kids”), Ben Weasel. In Baby Fat: Act I, we find ourselves in The Reptile House, a Chicago club where the house band Serpentello and its entourage are at the center of a dark vortex of debauchery from which seemingly no soul can escape unharmed. Michael Scholar, Jr. (The Black Rider) directs this advance showing for a strictly limited run.


Russell Fischer* | Marlene Ginader | Kwame Michael Remy*

Please note that Screeching Weasel does not appear in this production of Baby Fat: Act I.


Anne Bragg | Ryan Connolly*

Matt Felkey | Mallory Gladman*

Ryan Halsaver* | Darian Marchetto

Maggie Politi* | Dan Rosenbaum

Basit Shittu | Alexander Tomas


Guitar: Mike Hunchback

Guitar/Keys/Band Leader: Keith Patchel

Bass: Billy Smolen

Drums: Derek Swink

Creative Team

Director: Michael Scholar, Jr.

Music Director & Arranger: Andy Peterson

Choreographer: Samantha Sheppard

Set and Props Designer: You-Shin Chen

Costume Designer: Joseph Blaha

Lighting Designer: Oona Curley

Video Designer: Conor Moore

Sound Designer: John Sully

Dramaturg: Anchuli Felicia King

Assistant Director: Ran Xia

Set and Props Associate: Yu-Ting Lin

Casting Director: Jamibeth Margolis, CSA

Production Team

Producer: Kyle Cadotte

General Manager: Lucia Xiaoran Zhu

Associate Producer: Sipei Fang

Production Stage Manager: Joan Wyatt

Assistant Stage Manager: Abraham Marlett

Marketing Manager: Erik Kaiko

Company Manager: Michael Leibring

* Appears courtesy of Actors Equity

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“While a handful of bands are prepping storylines for the stage, this may be the first opera in punk rock, and is a creative leap from the Weasel aesthetic.”

– Scott Murry, New Noise Magazine

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