A music-filled, life-affirming theatrical event by the author of The Laramie Project
The Beck Center will be presenting the regional premiere of “33 Variations”, October 11 through November 17, 2013in the Beck Center’s Studio Theater. Times for the shows will be Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. No performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 19.
“33 Variations” was written by the award winning playwright Moisés Kaufman (author of “The Laramie Project). The play follows the challenges faced by a musicologist who has been diagnosed with ALS while attempting to finish her research on Beethoven. In a parallel time (1819 Vienna) the ailing and deaf Beethoven has become obsessed with a simple waltz. The play draws parallels between the two as the two protagonists fight against time in order to complete their challenging works. Nominated for numerous Tony Awards,Broadway World called 33 Variations “one of the most satisfying new plays that Broadway has seen in a long while.”
“33 Variations” is directed by acclaimed director, Sarah May who is blessed with an ensemble of seven veteran actors including Equity actors Dana Hart and Maryann Nagel who appear courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association. Stuart Raleigh, former esteemed choral director at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory and integral part of the Northeast Ohio music scene, will play piano.
“You don’t have to know anything about classical music to enjoy this show,” remarked May. “It’s a wonderful, totally accessible story about determined people following their dreams, all underscored with some of the most beautiful music ever written.”
Post-show talks with experts from the medical and music communities will follow performances on Sunday, October 13, Saturday, October 26 and Friday, November 8. The panelists include leading interpreters of Beethoven, renowned pianists, and experts from Cleveland Clinic who will discuss the effects of ALS and hearing loss. The list of panelists and topics can be found at beckcenter.org.
Tickets for33 Variations are $29 for adults, $26 for seniors (65 and older), $12 for students (with valid I.D.), and $10 for children (12 and under). An additional $3 service fee per ticket is applied at the time of purchase. Preview Night is Thursday, October 10 is $10 with general admission seating. Group discounts (13 or more) are available. Purchase tickets online at beckcenter.org or call Customer Service at 216.521.2540, ext. 10. Beck Center for the Arts is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood, just ten minutes west of downtown Cleveland. Free onsite parking is available.
Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. this production of 33 Variations is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.
Celebrating its 80th anniversary, Beck Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers professional theater productions on two stages, arts education programming in dance, music, theater, visual arts, early childhood, and creative arts therapies for special needs students, and free gallery exhibits featuring local, regional, and international artists.