Selected Festival dates between April 20 – May 5, 2012
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Presented in collaboration with the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre
Premiered on Broadway in 2009, 33 Variations is a subtle tale of survival, exploring how one’s obsessions can help overcome overwhelming obstacles in life. The play tells of a contemporary musicologist who is dying of Lou Gehrig’s disease and is preoccupied with unraveling a historical mystery: why did Beethoven, deaf and nearing the end of his life, feel compelled to write 33 variations based on a trivial bit of a waltz by the minor composer Anton Diabelli? The Tony-nominated play by American playwright Moisés Kaufman focuses on a mother coming to terms with her daughter, and a composer coming to terms with his genius.
During the course of this captivating drama, pianist Silvia Roederer performs selections from Beethoven’s monumental work to accompany and connect the play’s scenes, in effect bridging the present day with Beethoven’s time. This collaboration with the Kalamazoo Civic Theatre, directed by D. Terry Williams, will be the play’s first production in the Midwest.
A preview article on the production of 33 Variations from MLive’s Kalamazoo Gazette.