As you may recall, Gonzales was questioned and criticized (by Republicans as well as Democrats) about the decision to fire certain assistant AGs. (And if you do recall that, you have a better memory than Gonzales does.) Every word sung by the 30 performers is taken from the transcripts of those hearings.
An excerpt from the libretto:
8. I DON’T RECALL (ARIA)
GONZALES: I did not make decisions
about who should or should not be asked
I don't recall ever saying
"No, take that person off,"
or, "Add this person."
I ultimately approved the list of
that were submitted to me.
Those were my decisions.
9. YOU DON’T RECALL (RECIT.)
LEAHY: You don't recall the meeting
where you made the decision.
How can you be sure you made the
GONZALES: Senator, I recall making the decision.
GONZALES: Sir, I don't recall.
The work, created by Melissa Dunphy, is being performed as part of the Philly Fringe Festival.