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33 Variations Post Show Talks

Photo: Kathy Sandham

Photo: Kathy Sandham

Many parallels run between the lives of Dr. Katherine Brandt and Ludwig van Beethoven in 33 Variations. For instance, Dr. Brandt is recently diagnosed with ALS as she races to finish her research, while Beethoven is going deaf as he obsesses over the completion of a simple waltz. Although they struggle with their deteriorating health, both are driven with passion to overcome any obstacles that stand in the way of their goals. These journeys are nothing short of inspiring and life-affirming!

To find out more about ALS and the intricacies of Beethoven, please attend the 8pm performance on Saturday, October 26, followed by a discussion with the doctors that assisted the company of 33 Variations. Their expertise not only benefits the production, but allows audience members to better understand the play. In addition, learn about Beethoven and the Diabelli Variations in a way you never thought possible with Daniel Shapio. Post-show talks will surely enhance the 33 Variations experience! The next post-show talk is Sunday, November 8. Tickets are on sale now.

Saturday, October 26 (8:00 show)

  • Dr. Eric Pioro, MD, PhD, Director of the Section of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and related disorders at Cleveland Clinic
  • Lisa Bruening, MS, CCC-SLP, Director of Care Services and Speech Pathologist, ALS Assoc. of Northeast Ohio
  • Daniel Shapiro, Internationally renowned pianist and a leading interpreter of Beethoven; a faculty member of the Cleveland Institute of Music. His beautiful recording of the Diabelli Variations is available on CD

33 Variations has genuinely moved the critics – see what they have to say!
“This witty, lively and fascinating play is one for both the heart and the mind.” - Kate Miller, Cleveland Examiner
“Brilliantly acted…catches hold of your imagination” -  Mark Horning,
“Thought-Provoking…an intriguing theatrical experience.” - - Roy Berko, Broadway World Cleveland
“Absolutely engaging…spirited and superb” - Bob Abelman, The News-Herald
“Gorgeous language and imagery…a powerful, visceral manifestation of the creative impulse” - Andrea Simakis, The Plain Dealer

Friday, November 8 (8:00 show)

Dr. Richard Lederman, MD, PhD, Cleveland Clinic, Dept. of Neurology, has experience with ALS patients, as well as an interest in the health issues of artists, particularly those that afflicted Beethoven.

Mary Wilson Wheelock, Executive Director of the ALS Association of Northern Ohio

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