Amanda Lynn Bottoms sings the mezzo solo role in Fifty Trillion Molecular Geniuses.

Amanda Lynn Bottoms, Mezzo-soprano

Amanda Lynn Bottoms, Mezzo-soprano

“The drama in the piece lies in the unexpected textures of the music and the unexpected words that flow out. The things that are said are things we never would think about on a daily basis. We don’t consider that a small molecular part of us allows us to breathe and to love and to smell. We get so caught up in rushing through the day and thinking we have control, when indeed our own bodies are governed by little bits of energy within us. We indeed are not sole captains of our ship. It’s something that’s very scary….we don’t have that much power over our trajectory in life.

“I have a background in musical theater, so I do have a lot of acting facilities that I can dive into to help tell the story. But this is a very elevated experience, it forces me to dive even further into my acting, my interpretation of text. There are moments of joy and moments of tragedy and fear. I’m excited to dig into my bag and pull those out.

“I realize that Dr. Taylor will be in the audience for this world premiere and I cannot explain how exciting and daunting that is at the same time. Because you want to honor her and her experience but you want to put your own spin and your own personality in it. And I really hope she likes it. From what I’ve seen of the project, Dr. Taylor seems to really want to be a part of it and to see it grow as she is continuing to grow.  This is just a part of her trajectory upward.”