Music by Amy Ziff & Peter Kiesewalter
Libretto by Amy Ziff
A chamber Pop-Opera based on a true story
A Danger to Us All: Typhoid Mary is the true story of Mary Mallon, a poor Irish immigrant who came to New York City, alone in 1883, when she was only fourteen years old. While cooking for a very prominent family one summer in Oyster Bay, Mary Mallon was discovered to be one of the first “healthy carriers” of typhoid, and was sent away against her will to be isolated in quarantine to North Brother Island for a total of 26 years, where she eventually died. The story holds relevance for a myriad of issues polarizing our society today, including the ongoing plight of immigrants, the status of women, the authority of government and health officials, the anti-vaxer movement, class struggles, and the power of the press.