IC Grad's Opera "Alice Flagg" to Spook Crowds at Kennedy Center

Joseph Kaz, a 2014 graduate of Ithaca College, will debut his new opera, “Alice Flagg,” at the Kennedy Center on Monday, Sept. 7, this Labor Day Weekend.

Based on a popular ghost story, the opera is part of the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival, a three-day festival featuring new work from over 50 theaters in the Washington, D.C., area. The festival starts this Saturday and is free to attend. Kaz’s “Alice Flagg” will be performed on Monday, Sept. 7, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Russian Lounge.

Alice Flagg is the main character in a popular ghost story originating in South Carolina about a young girl who dies of a broken heart. Kaz says he was interested in the story because it takes place close to his hometown of Pawleys Island, S.C., where Flagg was actually buried.

A recent Ithaca College graduate, Kaz says he’s thrilled to have his work debut at the Kennedy Center at such a young age. “Having my work performed at the Kennedy Center is exciting! And it would be at any age—but the fact that I'm so young, and so early into my career, makes it that much more exciting.”

Joseph Kaz