More than 20 years ago, multimedia artist Jay Bolotin read a story in the newspaper that affected him for the rest of his life. The story was about a boulder that had been perched atop a mountain for years. It abruptly became dislodged and rolled down the mountain, through a house, past a sleeping child, and onto her parents, instantly killing them. Jay carried the news clipping in his wallet, perhaps as a reminder of the uncertainty or brevity of life. The story haunted him, and he began creating woodblock prints of the events and characters, working and reworking the story until finally he had an opera.
In Limbus: A Mechanical Opera, giant mechanical actors share the stage with human actors. A unique theatrical experience, the piece took its final form at a workshop performance and exhibition at the Louisville Water Tower in the spring of 2001. It then premiered at the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh under the direction of world-renowned stage director Jonathan Eaton.