Lost in the Stars

Lost in the Stars

Music by Kurt Weill | Book & Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Presented in English with English subtitles

A journey of loss and grief finds hope in the most unlikely of places.

Based on Alan Paton’s novel Cry, the Beloved Country, Kurt Weill’s musical tragedy places us in apartheid South Africa as two fathers’ tragedies connect them through acts of compassion. Reverend Stephen Kumalo has heard no word from his son, Absalom, for a year. Stephen travels to search for him and meets Absalom’s pregnant girlfriend. He discovers that his son has been arrested for murder, setting into motion a series of events that challenge the foundation of his faith. Stephen and the murdered boy’s father, James Jarvis, find understanding in their grief and discover hope.

Made possible in part by a generous grant from the Kurt Weill Foundation.

Friday, October 28, 2022 | 7:30 PM
Sunday, October 30, 2022 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, M

We invite you to join Annapolis Opera’s Artistic and Music Director, Craig Kier, with members of the cast for a brief conversation following the Sunday matinee performance. This conversation will commence shortly after the performance concludes. Guests are encouraged to move downstage to the front of the theater where the Q&A will be held. 


The Annapolis Opera is currently following the COVID-19 safety policy of Maryland Hall. Masks are encouraged for all performances but are optional inside the building and theaters. Seating is at full capacity and not socially distanced unless otherwise specified in the event description. This policy is subject to change at any time based on current federal, state and local government mandates and public safety issues.


In order or appearance

Nicholas Davis
Karon-Ann Samuels
Carl DuPont
Tim Mix
Lincoln Dodson

Karon-Ann Samuels
Grace Kumalo

Carl DuPont
Stephen Kumalo

Timothy Mix
James Jarvis

Lincoln Dodson
Edward Jarvis

Miles Herr
Justin Harrison
Christian Eberhardt
Taylor Boykins
Kari Dione Lumpkin
Brandon Shaw McKnight
Naivell Steib
Ruth Acheampong
Andrew Adelsberger La Boheme

Naivell Steib
Absalom Kumalo

Andrew Adelsberger
Judge/Station Keeper


Craig Kier
Dennis Whitehead Darling
Karon-Ann Samuels
April Joy Bastian

Craig Kier

Karon-Ann Samuels
Associate Director

Adriane Fang

Heather C. Jackson
Costume Designer

April Joy Bastian
Set Designer

Peter Leibold
Projection Designer

Tláloc López-Watermann
Lighting Designer

Presented under license from European American Music Corporation, on behalf of The Kurt Weill Foundation for Music, Inc., and the Estate of Maxwell Anderson. 

The Kurt Weill Foundation, Inc. promotes and perpetuates the legacies of Kurt Weill and Lotte Lenya by encouraging an appreciation of Weill’s music through support of performances, recordings, and scholarship, and by fostering an understanding of Weill’s and Lenya’s lives and work within diverse cultural contexts. It administers the Weill-Lenya Research Center, a Grant and Collaborative Performance Initiative Program, the Lotte Lenya Competition, the Kurt Weill/Julius Rudel Conducting Fellowship, the Kurt Weill Prize for scholarship in music theater, and publishes the Kurt Weill Edition and the Kurt Weill Newsletter. Building upon the legacies of both Weill and Lenya, the Foundation nurtures talent, particularly in the creation, performance, and study of musical theater in its various manifestations and media. Since 2012, the Kurt Weill Foundation has administered the musical and literary estate of composer Marc Blitzstein. www.kwf.org.



Speaker: Craig Kier, Annapolis Opera Artistic & Music Director

Saturday, October 8, 2022 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 2o5  | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; reservations required.

Join Artistic and Music Director, Craig Kier, as he explores Kurt Weill’s life and the American identity he embraces after emigrating to the United States in 1935. His influence on Broadway was immediate and long-lasting, as was his ability to tell stories that appealed to audiences then and now!

Kurts Weill's America


Speakers: Professor Phiwokuhle Mnyandu & Professor Emeritus Robert Russell Edgar

Saturday, October 15, 2022 | 3 PM
Maryland Hall, Room 308  | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; reservations required.

This inside perspective on the history and effects of Apartheid in South Africa is presented by Howard University African Studies experts, Professor Phiwokuhle Mnyandu & Professor Emeritus Robert Russell Edgar.


Speaker: Hannah Epstein

Friday, October 28, 2022 at 6:30 PM
Sunday, October 30, 2022 at 2 PM

Maryland Hall, Room 205  | 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD

Free and open to the public; reservations required.

Hannah Epstein will facilitate a lecture and discussion of Kurt Weill’s last score for Broadway. We will explore the musical theater climate of the 1940s, the novel the show is based on, and the musical style of the creative team.