About the Show
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.
- Written by: Moisés Kaufman
- Directed by: Donald Rees & Tracy Allan
- Produced by: Donald Rees
- Technical Director: Isabelle Tremblay
- Music Director: Kenny Wong
- Pianist: Ian Baird
- Movement COach/Choreographer: Stephanie McKenna
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.
It’s a compellingly original and thoroughly watchable play for today that deserves to remembered.