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Members of the innovative Alliance for New Music-Theater, a collective of local composers and writers who seek to recombine a broad spectrum of genres into fresh amalgams, are unveiling their latest project as part of the IN Series at Mount Vernon College. The eight music-theater vignettes comprising Making It! dramatize the issues raised at the 1994 Cairo Conference on World Population in a variety of scenarios expressed through a gamut of musical styles, from jazz and American musical theater to opera seria. Featured in the lineup are excerpts from leading contemporary composer Anne LeBaron’s Croak (pictured), a new work with a Leslie Jacobsen libretto that will be premiered in full next April at George Washington University. Croak mythically recasts the tragedy of environmental devastation in the story of Cassandra, the last frog left on the planet, who prophesies the consequences of the destruction of her species and recollects what has been lost in such songs as “Herp Haven Hotel” and “Eggs Are Expensive (Sperm Are Cheap).” Other topics include China’s draconian family-planning policies (A Chinese Village by Robert Johnson and Susan Galbraith), nursing homes (Movin’ by Andrew White and William Moses), and what goes on in Pope John Paul’s head (Christopher Forbes and Moses’ Vox Papa). Additional angles on the population crisis are contributed by George Fulginiti-Shakar, Elizabeth Pringle, Deborah Wicks LaPuma, and Robert and Martha Hanrott, together with a message of hope in Carleton Coon’s Hymn for the Millennium. At 8 p.m. on Nov. 22 & 23, 7 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Mount Vernon College’s Hand Chapel, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW. $16. (202) 625-4655. (Thomas May)