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Fonda Led 33 VARIATIONS Tickets Now On Sale

Oscar & Emmy Award winning screen legend Jane Fonda will return to Broadway in MOISÉS KAUFMAN's 33 VARIATIONS.

Tickets are now available to the general public by visiting Telecharge.com, calling (212) 239-6200 and at the box office of the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street).

Performances begin on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street).  The official opening will be Monday, March 9th, 2009.  The engagement will play through May 24th, 2009.

The play marks Fonda's first time on Broadway in 46 years.

Kaufman is both the author and director of 33 VARIATIONS.This production will mark his Broadway debut as a playwright.

David Binder (A Raisin in the Sun) presents the Tectonic Theatre Project's production of 33 VARIATIONS.  Tectonic Theater Project is the award winning non-profit theater company behind such plays as The Laramie Project and Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, as well as nationally recognized arts education programs in high schools and universities around the country. 

33 VARIATIONS tells the story of Beethoven's fascination with a trivial waltz, and the modern-day musicologist Katherine Brandt (Jane Fonda) who sets out to discover the root of his obsession. As Beethoven's indisputable genius and delightful humanity come to life on the sheet music in front of her, Katherine not only reveals the true nature of his gift, but also comes to embrace the beauty and legacy of her own life. Featuring an on-stage pianist, 33 Variations is a feast for the senses and the spirit.

33 Variations was developed in association with Arena Stage and played pre-Broadway tryouts at Arena Stage and the La Jolla Playhouse.

Oscar & Emmy Award winning Jane Fonda made her Broadway debut in the 1960 play There Was a Little Girl for which she earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured actress. Her last appearance on Broadway was in the 1963 drama Strange Interlude. 33 VARIATIONS marks her return to Broadway after 46 years.

In addition to being the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theatre Project, Moisés Kaufman is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright for I Am My Own Wife & The Laramie Project. 

33 VARIATIONS will play Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with a Wednesday and Saturday matinee at 2:00PM and Sunday matinee at 3:00PM.  (Please note: There will be a performance on Monday, February 9th, 2009 at 8PM; There will not be a performance on February 11th at 2PM, February 15th and March 10th, 2009.)  Tuesdays at 7PM begin on March 17th, 2009. 

Jane Fonda (Katherine Brandt). Having enjoyed tremendous success as a stage and screen actress, Jane Fonda now focuses much of her time on activism and social change - with much of her work devoted to the program she founded in 1995, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (G-CAPP). Fonda chairs this statewide effort to reduce the high rates of adolescent pregnancy in Georgia through community, youth and family development, training of professionals who work with adolescents, and legislative advocacy. Fonda has long been known for activism and advocacy on environmental issues, human rights, and the empowerment of women and girls. In 2000, Fonda traveled to Nigeria and produced a film, in collaboration with the International Women's Health Coalition, entitled "Generation 2000: Changing Girls' Realities." Fonda is a member of the Women & Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of the Council on Foreign Relations; the board of Women's Media Center, which she co-founded in 2004; and she sits on the board of V-Day: Until The Violence Stops, a global effort to stop violence against women begun in 1998 by Eve Ensler, author of "The Vagina Monologues." At the Emory School of Medicine, Fonda established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health which engages in research, curriculum development and trainings that broaden understanding of adolescent development and reproductive health and enhance service delivery to children, youth and families. In addition, Fonda's gift has endowed a faculty chair in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Emory University School of Medicine named the Marion Howard Chair in Adolescent Reproductive Health. In 1994, Fonda was named Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund. Fonda was born in New York City in 1937, the daughter of Henry Fonda and Frances Seymour Fonda. She attended the Emma Willard School in Troy, New York, and Vassar College. In her late teens, Fonda studied with renowned acting coach Lee Strasberg and became a member of the Actors Studio in New York. Her subsequent work on stage and screen earned numerous nominations and awards, including Oscars (Best Actress in 1971 for Klute and in 1978 for Coming Home) and an Emmy for her performance in The Dollmaker.

Along with starring roles in dozens of highly acclaimed productions, Fonda also took on responsibilities as a film and television producer. Her credits include Coming Home, The China Syndrome, Nine to Five, Rollover, On Golden Pond, The Morning After and The Dollmaker. Fonda revolutionized the fitness industry with the release of Jane Fonda's Workout in 1982. She followed with the production of 23 home exercise videos, 13 audio recordings, and five books - selling 16 million copies all together. The original Jane Fonda's Workout video remains the top grossing home video of all time. In May 2005, Random House published Fonda's memoirs, "My Life So Far," which immediately went to #1 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. That same spring "Monster-in-Law," her first film in 15 years, also became the #1 box office hit making Fonda the first person to simultaneously have a #1 book and #1 movie. Fonda's most recent film, Georgia Rule, opened in spring 2007. Fonda is an avid reader, hiker, fly fisherwoman and yoga enthusiast. She lives in Atlanta, along with her daughter Vanessa Vadim, and her two grandchildren. Her son, Troy Garity, lives in Los Angeles and is an actor.

MOISÉS KAUFMAN (Playwright & Director) is a Tony and Emmy nominated director and award-winning playwright. His plays Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and The Laramie Project have been among the most performed plays in America over the last decade. Mr. Kaufman also directed the Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play I Am My Own Wife, earning him an Obie award for his direction as well as Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel nominations. Other recent credits include: 33 Variations (La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage); Macbeth with Liev Schreiber (Public Theater); Lady Windermere's Fan (Williamstown Theater Festival); This Is How It Goes (Donmar Warehouse); One Arm by Tennessee Williams (Steppenwolf Theater Company); and Master Class with Rita Moreno (Berkeley Repertory Theater). As a writer/ director: Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Lucille Lortel Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Joe Callaway Award, GLAAD Media Award); The Laramie Project (Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk noms, GLAAD Media Award). Mr. Kaufman also directed the film adaptation of The Laramie Project for HBO, which was the opening night selection at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival and won the National Board of Review Award, the Humanitas Prize and a Special Mention for Best First Film at the Berlin Film Festival. The film also earned Mr. Kaufman two Emmy Award nominations for Best Director and Best Writer. He is the Artistic Director of Tectonic Theater Project and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting.

TECTONIC THEATER PROJECT (Moisés Kaufman, Artistic Director; Greg Reiner, Executive Director; and Dominick Balletta, General Manager) is an award-winning company whose plays have been performed around the world. Since 1992 TTP has produced innovative works that explore theatrical language and form, fostering an artistic dialogue with our audiences on the social, political and human issues of the day. The company has developed and produced works for theater and film, including: the smash hit Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde; The Laramie Project (one of the most produced plays in the country, as well as an HBO movie written and directed by Kaufman); and I Am My Own Wife (2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play). Tectonic has garnered numerous awards including the Humanitas Prize, the Obie, the Lucille Lortel Award, The Outer Critics Circle Award, the GLAAD Media Award, and the Making a Difference Award from the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The film of The Laramie Project was also honored with four Emmy nominations, The National Board of Review Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie and a Golden Bear Award from the Berlin Film Festival. As a non-profit laboratory we are grateful for the long-term support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greenwall Foundation, The Arcus Foundation, The Small Change Foundation, The Educational Foundation of America, Shawn Donnelley, Judy Dimon, and the donors and friends of Tectonic. For more information on the company, visit www.tectonictheaterproject.org.

David Binder (Producer) has spent the last decade bringing new artists and audiences to the theater. He produced the first Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry's classic A Raisin in the Sun, starring Sean Combs, Audra McDonald, Phylicia Rashad and Sanaa Lathan. The Tony Award winning production was widely recognized for bringing in the most diverse audience Broadway had seen in decades. David is the original producer of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's rowdy, loud, and ultimately sweet rock n' roll musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Off-Broadway, at De La Guarda, a group of flying Argentines literally lifted a young international crowd off its feet for more than six years. David has brought the show everywhere from London to Las Vegas, Tokyo to Tel Aviv. With Lisa Kron's 2.5 Minute Ride (New York and San Francisco), and Kenny Lonergan's Lobby Hero (with the Donmar in the West End), David showed his support for new writing that is polemical, political, and hilarious. Other credits include The Public Sings: A 50th Anniversary Celebration for the Public Theater and the Donmar productions of Guys and Dolls and Frost/Nixon. He is currently producing Fuerza Bruta the new show from the creators of De La Guarda.

Photo by Walter McBride



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