THE LINE BETWEEN GENIUS AND MADNESS IS THIN INDEED
Fresh off the successful run of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, Silver Summit Theatre Company (SSTC) is pleased to announce their upcoming production of the Broadway hit, 33 Variations, to be directed by Jesse Peery. The show will perform at The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake City, November 7 through November 13, 2013. Silver Summit aims to create not only a beautiful piece of artwork, but an overall “experience” with this multi-media theatrical work.
Nominated for 5 Tony awards including Best Play, 33 Variations, by award winning playwright, Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde), explores the struggle between the ferocity of human spirit, and the inevitability of one’s mortality.
33 VARIATIONS is an elegant waltz between past and present, fact and speculation, a mother and daughter, and art and life. One of classical music's enduring riddles is why LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN devoted four years of his diminishing life writing 33 variations of a mediocre waltz. Two hundred years later, a modern-day music scholar is driven to solve the mystery even as her own health and relationship with her daughter crumbles.
The result is an extraordinary new American play — accompanied throughout by a live pianist playing the variations themselves — about passion, parenthood, and the moments of beauty that can transform a life.
“We invite our audiences to not only be entertained, but to be stimulated and even provoked at times, “says Peery, who is not only the show’s director, but currently serves as the board chair for SSTC. “We look for plays that are rarely produced in our area, and also those that challenge one’s moral and social conscience. This play does all of that and more with its compelling storyline, filled with humor, music and history, as well as with its poignant and honest moments between the very realistic and relatable characters.”
The company has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise capital for production costs. Backers may receive tickets to the show as “rewards” for backing the project. Tickets go on sale in September. For more information or to purchase tickets online please visit http://silversummittheatre.org. You can also follow them on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/SilverSummitTheatreCo