The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2021)

Libretto by Gene Scheer & Music by Joby Talbot

A true story of strength, determination, and the desire for connection
Journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby awakes from a coma unable to move or speak, “locked-in” like a diver at the bottom of the sea. But his mind is as brilliant as ever, and with the help of his assistant, he creates his memoir—an extraordinary story of strength and imagination. This world premiere production from the composer of Everest will capture your heart from the first note.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
"We are thrilled to bring three new-to-Dallas productions and a long-awaited world premiere to our audiences, both near and far, in the 2023/2024 Mainstage Season," said General Director and CEO Ian Derrer. "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the remarkable true story of a man whose determination leads to one of the most poignant memoirs ever written. We are honored to bring this story to our stage for the first time anywhere..."