Written, arranged and performed by Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy, and directed by Rachel Chavkin, the piece will close Jan. 16, 2011, at NYTW's home at 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery.
Billed as "a theatrical explosion," Three Pianos "is a colorful and imaginative evening of chaos that explores Schubert’s music, life, and times. On a blustery winter night three friends—each manning a piano—perform Schubert's famous work adding their own fantastical touches and inventive arrangements, while drinking and grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of music. Eventually the three slip into a wild reenactment of a 'Schubertiad,' a party similar to ones thrown by Schubert and his friends, and the audience joins in (with complimentary wine!) on an evening of hilarity and heartbreak, not to mention compositional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language."
Performances began Dec. 7 prior to a Dec. 19 opening.
The creative team includes scenic designer Andreea Mincic; costume designer Jessica Pabst; lighting designer Austin Smith; sound designer Matt Hubbs & Dave Malloy; video designer Dave Mallo and production stage manager is Jessie Vacchiano.
The regular performance schedule is Tuesday at 7 PM; Wednesday through Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 3 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM. There will be a special student matinee on Jan. 6 at 1 PM. Three Pianos runs through Jan. 16, 2010. Tickets start at $65 and may be purchased online at www.ticketcentral.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by phoning Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. For exact dates and times of performance, visit www.nytw.org.
An "AfterWords" post-performance audience discussion will take place Jan. 8 after the 8 PM performance.