The Texas Premiere of 33 VARIATIONS
Written by MOISÉS KAUFMAN
Directed by DAVE STEAKLEY
In a major coup for ZACH, Anton Nel, one of the world’s greatest concert pianists, brings Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations to brilliant life in this Texas premiere. Mother and music scholar Katherine Brandt, played by TV and film star Beth Broderick is coming to terms with her daughter. Beethoven is coming to terms with his genius. And even though separated by 200 years, these two talented people share an obsession that makes time stand still in this extraordinary Broadway play about passion, ferocious tenacity, and moments of beauty that transform our lives.
ZACH’s Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley says: “Piano virtuoso Anton Nel, who is a ZACH subscriber and donor, approached me about a year and a half ago with the idea of doing 33 VARIATIONS with him playing Beethoven's ‘33 Diabelli Variations’ live on stage. I was thrilled that Anton would consider carving out such a large chunk of time from his international touring schedule to make this possible for us, and for all of the Austinites who will get to savor this experience. We have a rich history with playwright Moises Kaufman, having produced both halves of The Laramie Project, so I’m delighted we will produce the Texas premiere of his extraordinary new American play about the moments of beauty that can transform a life.”