“I have to understand why a genius becomes obsessed with mediocrity!” exclaims New York music scholar Katherine Brandt, herself rather obsessive.
She is the central figure in Moisés Kaufman’s “33 Variations,” now in a West Coast premiere at TheatreWorks. The title refers to Beethoven’s variations on a simple melody composed by his contemporary, the music publisher Diabelli. Read More
In creating her story of two young women in love, Jane Austen cast such an empathetic and amused eye on the manners and mores of her time — and wrote so gracefully, and with such sly humor and deep understanding of the female heart, that her many novels have endured for two centuries.
Along the way, they’ve been transformed into entertaining plays and musicals as well as films and TV miniseries. Read More
TheatreWorks founding director Robert Kelley has a theory why Jane Austen’s works remain so popular two centuries after she wrote them. “She was what we might call one of the early feminist writers. It’s fascinating to see what it was like for her,” says Kelley, who directed TheatreWorks’ acclaimed production of Austen’s “Emma” and is now at the helm of the American premiere of the stage version of “Sense and Sensibility” at the Center for the Performing Arts in Mountain View. Read More