1st Stage presents

Old Wicked Songs

By Jon Marans. Directed by Alex Levy
April 10, 2015 through May 3, 2015.
Performances: Fridays; 8pm. Saturdays; 2pm & 8pm. Sundays 2pm & 7pm.
Rehearsals will begin approximately 1 month prior to opening


All roles are paid.

Seeking 2 AEA or Non –Union men with local housing.

Professor Joseph Mashkan: Viennese voice teacher, 50+ years old. Eccentric, gregarious and passionate.

Stephen Hoffman: American Piano player in his 20s. Shy, awkward and arrogant. A prodigy and a loner.

Old Wicked Songs tells the story of Stephen Hoffman, an arrogant, American concert pianist, whose artistic crisis has caused him to quit his performance career. He travels to Vienna to study with a passionate, elderly professor. Through the exploration of "Dichterliebe," they rediscover their love of music.

This epiphany is achieved in the context of Austro-German history. In visiting the site of a Nazi death camp, Hoffman develops an appreciation of the holocaust's effects on the lives of his professor's generation. The action takes place in 1986, while Austrian President Kurt Waldheim is seeking reelection. Revelations regarding Waldheim's Nazi past add immediacy to this exploration of identity.

Both roles call for high-level piano skills and moderate singing ability. Please be prepared to play a short classical piece and sing 16 bars of anything that reveals your vocal, and pitch ability. Sides will be sent upon scheduling an audition appointment.

Questions? Please contact Jane Kalbfield at:





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1st Stage
PO Box 9384
McLean, VA 22102



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