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CADENZA PLAYS TO SELLOUT AUDIENCE
in a new collaboration with
MAINLY MOZART and THE TIMKEN MUSEUM.
As part of the 25th Anniversary Season of Mainly Mozart,
Vantage Theatre presents a staged reading of Robert Salerno's highly acclaimed
"Cadenza: Mozart's Last Year"
at The Timken Museum
Balboa Park, San Diego
May 25th at 7pm
Champagne Reception with the artists following the performance.
Baldrige's Theatre review:
Mozart in a Gallery
I saw Robert Salerno's reworked Cadenza: Mozart's Last Year May 25. He originally wrote it in honor of Mozart’s 250th anniversary and after its creation Vantage Theatre presented it at Centro Cultural de la Raza.
Now produced by Mainly Mozart, the Timken Gallery and Vantage Theatre, the fantastical work concerns Mozart's last year and how he struggled with way too many commissions (among them La Clemenza de Tito written for Emperor Leopold’s coronation) and ill health, working feverishly to finish his Requiembefore the end, which he knew was coming. Salerno weaves in music principally from The Magic Flute and Requiem. It dawned on me, as Mozart (Rhys Green) died a peaceful death thanks to one of his characters, Sarastro, played by the imposing Steve Oliver, that the in-box is never empty; that all creative people want to finish their work before the end comes. It is a blessing to know that in the great scheme of things, it doesn't really matter; that Mozart is remembered even though he left his Requiemincomplete; and that by extension lesser artists will be remembered as well, even if the magnum opus is incomplete.
Salerno managed to pare his magnum opus to fewer than 90 minutes without sacrificing the humor, the grandeur and the assurance it conveys. What a blessing it is to die peacefully even though one’s inbox is never emptied. All one need do is oust the Queen of the Night.
Others in the company were Allison Boettcher as Mozart’s wife, Constanza; Leigh Scarritt as diva Josepha Weber Hofer/Queen of the Night; Skyler Dennon as Magic Flute promoter Schikenader; Abner Genece as opera producer Guardasoni; Darren Kelsen as the young Beethoven; Dan Feraldo as Mozart’s collaborator, Süssmayr; and Greg Stevens as Einstein, who declares, “I don’t make reality; I’m merely reporting it.”
Salerno’s vision of reality, seen throughout Cadenza: Mozart’s Last Year, is worthy of more sightings/hearings. As it is, the one-time performance during the Mainly Mozart Festival was not enough. Twice the capacity of the Timken gallery could have been sold.
"A thought-provoking contribution to one's personal 'field of dreams'..."
"Touching... and marvelously funny throughout..."
--San Diego Newspaper Group
"Salerno's otherworldly play made for a rare day to be savored for months to come..."
a lot to commend here. Vantage is certainly to be commended for taking
chances, with new work and provocative ideas."
"creative exuberance bursts through..."
Cadenza: Mozart's Last Year by Artist In Residence Robert Salerno, a new look at the most famous tragedy in music history. At the height of his creative powers, Mozart is stricken by a horrible fatal illness. Now, it is a race against time to complete the work that means everything to him. Ever the creative genius, he confronts death on his own terms, aided by several unusual characters and a trip into the eleventh dimension of Modern Physics.
NEW WORKS IN PROGRESS
Staged Reading Series
By Richard Kalinoski
What is the right thing to do? A young woman receives the Medal of Honor for her heroic actions but is haunted by the consequences.
Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 2pm
St. Paul’s Villas 2340 Fourth Avenue
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About Anna Deveare Smith
Called “the most exciting individual in American Theatre” by Newsweek, Anna Deavere Smith is said to have created a new form of theater. She has won numerous awards, among them two Obies, two Tony nominations, a Drama Desk Award, the USA Susan V. Berresford Award from United States Artists, and a MacArthur fellowship. She was runner up for the Pulitzer Prize for her play Fires In the Mirror. Her work combines the journalistic technique of interviewing her subjects with the art of interpreting their words through performance.
In addition to her award-winning plays, Smith has published two books, Talk to Me: Travels in Media and Politics (2000)and Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts-For Actors, Performers, Writers, and Artists of Every Kind (2006). She is founding director of Anna Deavere Smith Works, a nonprofit that convenes artists whose work addresses the world's most pressing problems. Television and movie credits include "Nurse Jackie," "The West Wing," (as National Security Advisor Nancy McNally) "The American President," and others.
As a dramatist Smith was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1993 for Fires in the Mirror which won her a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding One-Person Show. She was nominated for two Tony Awards in 1994 for Twilight: Los Angeles. One for Best Actress and another for Best Play. The play won her a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance and a Theatre World Award.
Smith was one of the 1996 recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, often referred to as the "genius grant." She also won a 2006 Fletcher Foundation Fellowship for her contribution to civil rights issues as well as a 2008 Matrix Award from the New York Women in Communications, Inc.[ In 2009 she won a Fellow Award in Theater Arts from United States Artists. She has received honorary degrees from Juilliard, Arcadia University, Bates College, Smith College, Skidmore College, Macalester College, Occidental College, Pratt Institute, Holy Cross College, Haverford College, Wesleyan University, School of Visual Arts, Northwestern University, Colgate University, California State University Sacramento, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wheelock College, and the Cooper Union.
About Let Me Down Easy
For the past eight years, Smith has interviewed hundreds of Americans to create a virtuosic and moving show about the power and vulnerability of the body, the price of health, and the resilience of the human spirit. She speaks directly to our hopes and discomforts about life, death, whom we should take care of and who should (or should not) take care of us. This show is a bracing, poetic experience you won’t want to miss.
Additional Show Information:
Listen to Anna's KPBS Interview: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2011/apr/28/anna-deavere-smith-takes-health-care-industry/
Watch The Bill Moyers Interview: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/11132009/watch.html
Read The N.Y. Times Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/10/health/10easy.html
Listen to Art Rocks! Interview: http://filesource.abacast.com/wsradio/artrox/041311/segment2041311.mp3
Vantage Sponsors New Perspective Festival
Twenty-four short plays by local playwrights. Each play will be performed twice in a six-night repertory during the last two weekends in June.
Artistic Director Dori Salois and Artist In Residence Robert Salerno honored as "Best of the Fest."
June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
1531 Tyler Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
Sara Morgan, Taylor Henderson, Dominique Salerno
The Sixteenth Annual Actors Festival
Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza
The poignant story about the Dirty War in Argentina,
its disappearing young students,
and a terrifying
leap into the future.
Death By Survival
by Elizabeth Ruiz
Directed by Dori Salois
Vantage Theatre Wins 3 "Billies"
For 2004 Productions at
San Diego Repertory Theatre's Lyceum Theatre
(Click here for more information)
Best Direction-- Robert Salerno
Outstanding Costume Design
Importance of Being EarnestThe Musical