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33 Variations

October 11, 2013 8:00PM  to  November 17, 2013 3:00PM


Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday;
Studio Theater
Please note: Sunday, October 27 performance begins at 7pm

33 Variations

  • Written by Moisés Kaufman
  • Directed by Sarah May
  • Featuring Stuart Raleigh on piano
  • Who's Who in the Company
  • Presented through special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Written by Moisés Kaufman, the award-winning author of The Laramie Project, this imaginative play follows a modern day musicologist diagnosed with ALS as she races to finish her research on Beethoven. Across time in 1819 Vienna, the ailing and deaf composer becomes obsessed with a simple waltz. Plagued by illness, but gifted with passion, their parallel journeys entwine as they learn to embrace the gift of time and find peace in letting go. Nominated for numerous Tony Awards, Broadway World called 33 Variations “one of the most satisfying new plays that Broadway has seen in a long while.”

Beck Center’s production of 33 Variations is directed by the acclaimed director Sarah May and features an ensemble of seven talented area actors including Equity actors Dana Hart and Maryann Nagel who appear courtesy of the Actor’s Equity Association. Stuart Raleigh, an integral part of the music scene in Northeast Ohio, will play the piano. “You don’t have to know anything about classical music to enjoy this show,” remarked May. “It’s a wonderful, totally accessible story about determined people following their dreams, all underscored with some of the most beautiful music ever written.”

Join us for post-show talks immediately following performance noted below. Panels will include local experts from the medical and music communities:

Sunday, October 13 (3:00 matinee)

  • Dr. Martin Kohn, PhD, Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, is a faculty member who continues to pursue ways to incorporate the arts and humanities into medical treatment.
  • Dr. Robert Katz, MD, ENT-Otolaryngologist, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, specializes in treating hearing loss.
  • Dr. Andrew Cluts, physical therapist at Cleveland Clinic.

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

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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