I CAN'T BREATHE

May 2022

El Portal Theatre

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5269 Lankershim Blvd

North Hollywood, CA


May 13, 2022 | 8:00

May 14, 2022 | 6:00

May 15, 2022 | 3:00


In May of 2022, POP presented “I Can’t Breathe” at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood. Written by Brandon J. Gibson and Leslie Burrs, “I Can't Breathe” was inspired in the wake of repeated instances of fatal police brutality perpetrated against African Americans. The show tells the stories of five individuals from different walks of life, each forever changed by innocent interactions with law enforcement gone wrong.

This opera was conceived and commissioned by Kathryn Frady & Marble City Opera. Pacific Opera Project is a co-commissioner along with Opera Columbus, and Cleveland Opera Theater.

Conductor: Josh Foy

Co-Director: Sierra Hammond

Co-Director: Josh Shaw


The Mother: Jayme Alilaw

The Lover: Audrey Yoder

The Thug: Michael Washington

The Scholar: Geoffrey Peterson

The Athlete: Orson van Gay II