BACH AT LEIPZIG

Text – Itamar Moses
Direction – Pam MacKinnon

Scenic Design – David Zinn
Costume Design – Mathew J. LeFebvre
Lighting Design – David Lander
Sound Design – John Gromada
Production Stage Management – C.A. Clark

Cast:
Johann Martin Steindorf – Jeffrey Carlson
Georg Friedrich Kaufmann – Richard Easton
Georg Balthasar Schott – Michael Emerson
Johann Friedrich Fasch – Boyd Gaines
Georg Lenck – Reg Rogers
Johann Christoph Graupner – Andrew Weems

Cast and production bios
New York Times article on Itamar Moses

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Single tickets on sale October 1.
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Single tickets, $60.00 each.
CheapTix Sundays, $20.00 (all tickets for all Sunday evening performances at 7:00pm; tickets must be purchased in person, in cash at the NYTW box office).

Description:
Leipzig, Germany, 1722: seven rival musicians jump at the chance to fill the most sought-after musical post in Europe: organmaster at Leipzig. Inspired by actual events, emerging playwright Itamar Moses has crafted a hilarious fugue of schemes and mayhem as each musician deliciously blackmails, bribes, and double-crosses to win the position. When Bach at Leipzig played at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater last season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said, “Imagine the Marx Brothers and Tom Stoppard collaborating on a play.”

Dates:
First preview, Friday, October 28; opening night, Monday, November 14; final performance, Sunday, December 18.
Performance schedule:
Tuesday at 7:00pm; Wednesday – Friday at 8:00pm; Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm.

Exceptions:
Saturday, October 29, no 3:00pm performance
Sunday, October 30, no 2:00pm performance
Saturday, November 12, no 3:00pm performance Monday, November 14, added 7:00pm performance (opening night)
Tuesday, November 15, no performance Wednesday, November 23, no performance (Thanksgiving eve) Thursday, November 24, no performance (Thanksgiving)

AfterWords (post-performance discussions):
Tuesday, November 1; Tuesday, November 8; Tuesday, November 22; Tuesday, November 29.

Running time:
approximately two hours with one intermission

About the artists:
Playwright Itamar Moses is the author of several plays, including Outrage, Celebrity Row, and The Four of Us. His work has been produced and workshopped at Hangar Theatre, Florida Stage, Wilma Theater, Portland Center Stage, American Conservatory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, Underwood Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, New York Stage and Film, La Mama, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on commissions for Playwrights Horizons, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Wilma Theater, and Manhattan Theatre Club. Itamar holds an M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from NYU, has taught playwriting at Yale and NYU, and is a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect. He was born in 1977 in Berkeley, CA. He now lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Pam MacKinnon has directed workshops of Bach at Leipzig at New York Stage and Film as well as New York Theatre Workshop. She also recently directed a workshop of Itamar Moses' The Four of Us (ACT-San Francisco). She has worked extensively with Edward Albee, having directed the world premiere of Peter and Jerry: Homelife and The Zoo Story (Hartford Stage), the regional and European premieres of The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? (Alley Theatre and Vienna's English Theatre), and The Play About the Baby (Goodman Theatre and Philadelphia Theater Company). She is an Affiliated Artist with Clubbed Thumb, a New York City-based company devoted to new American plays.

Production History
Fall 1996, as a college undergraduate, Itamar Moses takes a music history class. In the margin of Malcolm Boyd’s biography of Bach, he writes a note, “Is there a play in this?” Writes a one-act set in the present day called LEIPZIG, which he immediately discards.

Fall 2000, as a graduate student at NYU, Itamar Moses writes first version of BACH AT LEIPZIG.

July 2002, first version produced at The Hangar Theatre, Ithaca, NY.

December 2002, amended first version produced, Florida Stage, Manalapan, FL.

January 2003, NYTW receives amended first version of BACH AT LEIPZIG and another play, OUTRAGE.

April 2003, NYTW reading of OUTRAGE, directed by Pam MacKinnon, as part of Mondays @ 3 series. NYTW artistic director James Nicola looks to continue working with Itamar Moses.

August 2003, BACH AT LEIPZIG is part of NYTW’s Dartmouth Summer Residency, during which Itamar Moses further develops text. NYTW commits to a full production.

June 2004, workshop of first version at New York Stage and Film Company, Poughkeepsie, NY. Further develops text.

Summer – Fall 2004, Itamar Moses writes final version of text.

January 2005, first reading at NYTW of final version. NYTW artistic director James Nicola believes text is fully ready for production. Production scheduled for Fall 2005.

March 2005, final version produced at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, directed by Pam MacKinnon.

 

 

 

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