33 Variations

May 13-24th, 2015


Montreal's Brave New Productions is proud to announce the run of Tony Award winning 33 Variations at Theatre Paradoxe (5959 Monk Boulevard) from May 13-24th.

Written by Moises Kaufman (The Laramie Project), 33 Variations will be Brave New Productions 20th production and will be directed by Donald Rees and Tracy Allan.

A mother coming to terms with her daughter. A composer coming to terms with his genius. And, even though they're separated by 200 years, these two people share an obsession that might, even just for a moment, make time stand still. Drama, memory and music combine to transport you from present-day New York to nineteenth-century Austria in this extraordinary American play about passion, parenthood and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.

33 Variations simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and the journey of a musicologist, Katherine Brandt, to discover the meaning behind why Beethoven was compelled to write thirty-three distinct variations on a simple theme by a minor music publisher. The progression of her Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and her relationship with her daughter are also themes, as is Beethoven's growing deafness.

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About

  • Year: 2015
  • Written by: Moisés Kaufman
  • Directed by: Donald Rees & Tracy Allan
  • Produced by: Donald Rees
  • Technical Director: Isabelle Tremblay
  • Musical Director: Kenny Wong
  • Pianist: Ian Baird
  • Movement Coach/Choreographer: Stephanie McKenna

Cast

Emma McQueen

Dr Katherine Brandt

Emma McQueen
Stephanie McKenna

Beethoven

Stephanie McKenna
Joy Ross-Jones

Clara Brandt

Joy Ross-Jones
Sean Curley

Anton Schindler

Sean Curley
Nir Guzinski

Mike Clark

Nir Guzinski
Bryan Librero

Anton Diabelli

Bryan Librero
Marie-Noelle Dufour

Gertie Ladenburger

Marie-Noelle Dufour
 
 

Critical Acclaim

You don't have to know Beethoven from Bach to find yourself thoroughly absorbed by the theatricality with which Kaufman has tied a historic event—the legendary mystery surrounding one of Beethoven's compositions—to a drama about a fatally ill Beethoven scholar, her relationship with her daughter and the daughter's burgeoning romance.
~CurtainUp

It's a compellingly original and thoroughly watchable play for today that deserves to remembered
~Talkin' Broadway

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