Presented in collaboration with Farmers Alley Theatre
In 1986 Vienna, a young Jewish pianist has come to study. But before he begins his piano instruction, he must first take singing lessons from the harsh, anti-semitic Professor Mashkan. As the play unfolds through the poetry of Heinrich Heine and the music of Robert Schumann, secrets are revealed, and these two men from different generations find they have much more in common than they think.
Written by Jon Marans
Directed by D. Terry Williams
Actors: Keith Baker, Nich Mueller
Keith Baker is the artistic director of the Bristol Riverside Theatre, a professional regional theatre in the historic district of Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania, producing more than 240 performances each year. Baker has directed more than 40 of these productions. He has been nominated for ten Barrymore Awards and is the winner of a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play and the Broadway World Award for Best Actor in the theatre’s production of Old Wicked Songs. Baker has twice won the Best Actor and Director Carbonell Award, and he was nominated eleven times as the Best Actor and Director at the Carbonell Awards.
A pianist and actor trained in musical composition, arrangement, and performance, Baker also plays the guitar and sings in five languages. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and at The Julliard School, then completed his studies at the University of Freiburg in Germany.
A Kalamazoo, Michigan, native, Nich Mueller is a jazz studies major at Western Michigan University. Mueller began playing piano at age three, encouraged by a family of musicians, with his father and brother later joining him in blues, bluegrass, and rock jam sessions. Until becoming a music student at WMU, Mueller was largely self-taught in classical, pop, and jazz. He received awards in composition, piano playing, and performance during his high school years.
During his music studies at WMU, Mueller has played piano and sung in a variety of jazz ensembles at the university, including Gold Company, Advanced Jazz Combo, and University Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Allen Room in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Western Michigan University’s Miller Auditorium, Van Andel Arena, and DeVos Performance Hall, and in master classes for Fontana Chamber Arts and the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, as well as Jazz Educators Network.