The Other Mozart, a play with music billed as “the forgotten story of Mozart’s genius sister” has returned to Off-Broadway through November 13 at the Players Theatre in New York’s Greenwich Village. It is scheduled to return again January 6-9, 2017, at the same venue.
Presented by Little Matchstick Factory, the 75-minute show tells the story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus. She was a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother, reportedly to equal acclaim, though her story has been lost to history. The solo drama is based on facts and stories taken directly from the Mozart family’s surviving correspondence and is performed in and on a colorfully-lit 18-foot dress, created by Magdalena Dabrowska to fill the entire stage.
The show is described in production notes thus: ”With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smell of perfume and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage,The Other Mozart is a multi-sensual experience that transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight—but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice where, finally, this other Mozart tells her story.”
Here is a trailer of Sylvia Milo performing The Other Mozart:
Written by Sylvia Milo and directed by Isaac Byrne,The Other Mozart is performed by four actors in rotation: Milo, Samantha Hoefer (a German actress who performs in English and German), Daniella Galli (a Brazilian actress who performs the play in English and will perform it in Portuguese next year, in Brazil, then take it in Italian to Italy) and the newly added Jody Christopherson (an American actress).
The Other Mozart has music by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (additional music by Marianna Martines, Leopold and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart); sound design by Nathan Davis; period style movement directed by Janice Orlandi; costume design by Dabrowska and Miodrag Guberinic (pannier / corset sculpture), with dress concept by Anna Sroka and hair design by Courtney Bednarowski; lighting design by Joshua Rose.
The show has been touring the U.S. and Europe for the past three years, with previous New York City runs at HERE Arts, Cherry Lane and Players Theatre.
Milo told Playbill.com that she is currently in Vienna, about to perform the play at the Mozarthaus Vienna—Amadeus’ apartment— where, she says, “I first discovered Nannerl 10 years ago.”
Performances are given at varying times and days of the week, For a detailed schedule please visit: theOtherMozart.com.
The Players Theater is located at 115 MacDougal Street, third floor. Tickets, at $45-$65, can be ordered online at web.ovationtix.com or by calling (866) 811-4111.