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33 VARIATIONS

by Moisés Kaufman

33 Variations Playbill

In 1819, fledgling publisher Anton Diabelli commissioned 50 composers to write a variation on a waltz he had created. Beethoven rejected the invitation, dismissing Diabelli’s waltz as ordinary. He then changed his mind and created not one but 33 variations on Diabelli’s theme.

 

Why? Why would a composer at the height of his powers become obsessed with such an insignificant little waltz, and build a major work on it? Kaufman’s play weaves Beethoven’s artistic journey with that of Katherine, a contemporary musicologist wrestling to pin down the source of the composer’s fascination with the simple waltz. Deciphering clues left behind in Beethoven’s notebooks and letters, Katherine delves into his compositional process and daily life, finding even greater insight into her own obsession with genius.

 

“Indisputably ravishing to listen to and to watch. The play emerges at Arena Stage as a symphony of light and shadow – it is absolutely transporting.”

-Bob Mondello, Washington City Paper

“An utterly absorbing new play. Moisés Kaufman’s new play promises to do for Beethoven what Proof did for mathematics and Copenhagen did for nuclear physics.”

-Michael Toscano, Theatermania

“A theatrical masterwork! The play’s an enormously creative feat and heartbreakingly real. To witness this original work is an opportunity that mustn’t be missed. A perfect pitch world premiere.”

-Debbie Minter Jackson, DCTheaterScene

Cast

Jane Fondajane_fonda

Dr. Katherine Brandt

Don Amendoliadon_amendolia

Anton Diabelli

Scott Barrow*ScottBarrow

Ensemble, u/s Anton Schindler, Mike Clark

Samantha Mathis
samantha_mathis

Clara Brandt

Susan Kellermansusan_kellerman

Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger

Emily DonahoeEmilyDonahoe

Ensemble, u/s Clara Brandt

Colin Hankscolin_hanks

Mike Clark

Erik Steeleerik_steele

Anton Schindler

Caitlin O’ConnellCaitlinOConnell

Standby Katherine Brandt, u/s Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger

Zach Grenierzach_grenier

Ludwig Von Beethoven

Diane Walshdiane_walsh

Pianist, Musical Director

Michael WintherMichaelWinther

Ensemble, u/s Ludwig Von Beethoven, Anton Diabelli

Creative Team

MOISÉS KAUFMAN* (Playwright & Director)
DEREK MCLANE (Set Design)
JANICE PYTEL (Costume Design)
DAVID LANDER (Lighting Design)
ANDRÉ J. PLUESS (Sound Design)
JEFF SUGG (Projection Design)
CHARLES LAPOINTE (Hair /Wig Design)
DANIEL PELZIG (Choreography)
DAVID C. WOOLARD (Additional Costumes)
MARK BLY (Dramaturg)
LINDA MARVEL (Production Stage Manager)
PAT SOSNOW (Stage Manager)
MELISSA M. SPENGLER (Assistant Stage Manager)
JAMES CALLERI, CSA (Casting)
101 PRODUCTIONS, LTD.(General Manager)
JUNIPER STREET PRODUCTIONS (Production Manager)
JIMMY MAIZE* (Assistant Director )

* indicates member of our resident company


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