Written, Arranged and Performed by Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

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First preview
December 7, 2010
Opening night
December 19, 2010
Final performance
January 9, 2011

Production Photos

Scenic Design – Andreea Mincic
Costume Design – Jessica Pabst
Lighting Design – Austin Smith
Co-Sound Design Matt Hubbs
Co-Sound Design Dave Malloy
Video Design – Dave Malloy

Company Biographies

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Three Pianos – the OBIE winning hit music-theatre event that wowed audiences and critics alike in its sold-out run
at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater in March – is a theatrical explosion of Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise. Filled with fantastical touches and inventive arrangements, Three Pianos is a colorful and imaginative evening of chaos, exploring Schubert’s music, life, and times. Written, arranged, and performed by Rick Burkhardt (Nonsense Company), Alec Duffy (Hoi Polloi) and Dave Malloy (Banana Bag & Bodice), the play is set on a blustery winter night on which three friends – each manning a piano – lead the audience through Schubert’s famous work. Performing the song cycle while grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of music and drinking way too much, the three pianists slip into a wild reenactment of a “Schubertiad,” a musical salon party thrown by Schubert and his friends, connecting the two groups through the centuries. An evening of hilarity and heartbreak unfolds, in which the audience is invited to the party – with complimentary wine. Compositional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language ensue.

Performance schedule:
Tuesday at 7:00pm
Wednesday – Friday at 8:00pm
Saturday at 3:00pm & 8:00pm
Sunday at 2:00pm & 7:00pm. 
Sunday, December 19, 7:00pm Sold out
Monday, December 20, 7:00pm performance
Friday, December 24, 7:00pm performance
Saturday, December 25, no performances
Monday, December 27, 7:00pm performance
Wednesday, December 29, 2:00pm and 8:00pm performances
Friday, December 31, no performance
Sunday, January 9, 2:00pm performance only
Wednesday, January 12, no performance

Student Matinee:
Wednesday, January 5 at 1:00pm

4th Street Bar Association Night
Thursday, January 6

Repeat Defender's Night
Tuesday, December 14 with
pre-show reception

Repeat Defender's
Fireside Chat, Nov 16 with co-creators Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy, Dave Malloy, and director Rachel Chavkin, as they discussion their production with Christopher H. Gibbs, Professor of Music at Bard College. Download recording

AfterWords (post-performance audience discussion):
Tuesday, Dec 14 after the 7pm performance

Saturday, Dec 18 after the 3pm performance

Saturday, Jan 8 after the 8pm performance

download audio recordings of the AfterWords

Running time:
1 hour and 55 Minutes
No intermission

Production history

Suggested reading list and links

Three Pianos Study Guide

Please remember that performances start promptly and latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break.
There is a monitor in the lobby where late-comers can view the performance. If you leave the auditorium during the performance, you may be asked to wait until a suitable break before you can reenter.

About the artists:

Rick Burkhardt (Co-Creator) is an award-winning composer, songwriter, and playwright whose original chamber music, theater, and text pieces have been performed by dozens of ensembles in over forty US cities, as well as in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a founding member of the Nonsense Company, a touring experimental music/theater trio, and songwriter/accordionist for the Prince Myshkins, a political cabaret/folk duo whose songs have been performed and recorded by a wide variety of musicians across the US.

Alec Duffy (Co-Creator) is a director/playwright and is the founder of the theater company Hoi Polloi. Recent original work includes The less we talk: a meditation on group singing, Dysphoria (Ontological Theater) and The Top Ten People of the Millennium Sing Their Favorite Schubert Lieder, which premiered in New York and toured to Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Duffy is a Drama League Directing Fellow and was one of seven directors nationwide to be selected for the 2007-09 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors.

Dave Malloy (Co-Creator) is a composer/sound designer/performer, winner of a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant and a recipient of the 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers. His most recent large-scale work, Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage, a Banana Bag & Bodice SongPlay commissioned by Berkeley’s Shotgun Players featuring dueling trombones and 40's vocal jazz harmonies, enjoyed sold out runs in Berkeley and NYC, received the 2008 Glickman Award and appeared on the Best of 2008 lists of every major Bay Area paper (including two #1 spots).

Rachel Chavkin (Director) is the Artistic Director of the TEAM, with whom she has directed/co-authored six works including Particularly in the Heartland, Give Up! Start Over! (In the darkest of times I look to Richard Nixon for hope), Howl, based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg, and Architecting, produced by the National Theatre of Scotland. Outside of her work with the TEAM she has collaborated with Taylor Mac on The Lily's Revenge at HERE, playwright/composer Molly Rice and composer Ray Rizzo on Canary, and playwright Steve Yockey on Wonder. She earned her BFA at NYU where she now serves on the directing faculty at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and earned her MFA at Columbia University.

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