September 2008.By The Guthrie Theater, The Teaser.
A Theater Latté Da production of Old Wicked Songs by Jon Marans directed by Peter Rothstein Now – October 5, 2008. $18 – $34
Vienna, 1986. A young American piano sensation has lost his spark; he travels to the Old World determined to reignite his passion for music. His aging tutor is the irreverent and irresistible force determined to do so. Schumann’s poignant song cycle Dichterliebe inspires this combustible duo to find common ground. An emotional journey through joy and sadness, anger and redemption, Old Wicked Songs explores the unique connection between two cultures and two generations of musicians.
The Guthrie welcomes Theater Latté Da to the Dowling Studio this fall with Old Wicked Songs, a 1996 nominee for the Pulitzer Prize. Now in its 11th season, Theater Latté Da has earned a unique place in the Twin Cities’ arts scene. Under the artistic leadership of Peter Rothstein and Denise Prosek, Theater Latté Da has created a new voice for musical theater that both respects and challenges its audience: Theater Latté Da has created a new voice for musical theater that both respects and challenges its audience: Theater Latté Da holds itself at the highest standards of artistry while remaining committed to taking risks and constantly pushing the boundaries of musical storytelling.
Playing the young pianist Stephen Hoffman is Jonas Goslow, a graduate of the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program (and featured prominently in the inaugural issue of the Teaser two years ago). Raye Birk, a seasoned actor who among other roles has been our Scrooge in A Christmas Carol for the past few years, plays Professor Josef Mashkan. Rothstein, who directed a memorable production of Private Lives on the McGuire Proscenium Stage last season, directs Old Wicked Songs.
Special Recital Schumann’s Dichterliebe September 21, 28 and October 5 at 4 p.m. Tickets: $15
Complementing the theater performance, baritone Bradley Greenwald and pianist Sonja Thompson will perform the song cycle at the heart of Old Wicked Songs.