CENTER REP PRESENTS Old Wicked Songs By Jon Marans — Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama

Hoping to reconnect with his music and shatter the artistic block that’s plagued his career, a young American piano prodigy ventures to Vienna in the spring of 1986. He is assigned to an elderly vocal teacher who gives him the “Dichterliebe” song cycle by Robert Schumann. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama, this is the inspirational journey of two very different men, with music as their one common bond, who must find a way to break through their pasts.

Performances begin Friday, February 1st at 8PM. Closes Saturday, March 2nd at 8PM.

Jessica Heidt is returning to Center REP where she previously directed The Storytelling Ability of a Boy. Heidt is an award winning director and  former Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Climate Theater, where she directed the world premiere of The Man of Rock by Daniel Heath and Ken Flagg (also seen in the New York Musical Theater Festival), The Bright River by Tim Barsky, and (((Jawvox))) by Joshua Walters. For Magic Theatre, where Heidt served as Associate Artistic Director, she directed world premiere productions by Taylor Mac (Lily’s Revenge), Betty Shamieh (The Black Eyed, Territories) and Chantal Bilodeau (Pleasure and Pain). She has also directed at Aurora Theatre (Collapse by Allison Moore), Brava Theater, AlterTheatre, Abydos, Playground, New Harmony Project, BAPF, The Lark/NY Stage & Film, SF Playhouse, and Snap Judgment Productions (NPR). She has worked as a casting director with many Bay Area film and theater companies and has taught at University of San Francisco, San Jose State University, Film Acting Bay Area, and American Conservatory Theater.

Dan Hiatt  has appeared at Center REP as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.  Other credits include ‘Round and ‘Round the GardenRosencrantz and Guildenstern are DeadThe Rivals, and The Matchmaker at American Conservatory Theatre; Joe Turner’s Come and GoneDinner with Friends, and Menocchio at Berkeley Repertory Theatre; A Christmas Carol, This Wonderful LifeEnchanted April,  A Flea in Her Ear, and Mirandolina at San Jose Repertory Theatre; Nicholas NicklebyHamletMuch Ado About Nothing, Uncle Vanya and many others at California Shakespeare Theater; Upright/Grand, The Pitmen Painters and The 39 Steps at TheatreWorks; and Othello, Communicating Doors, and Noises Off at the Marin Theatre Company. Regional theatre credits include performances at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Pasadena Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

Patrick Russell is thrilled to be making his Center REP debut.  Most recently he appeared in Wilder Times at Aurora Theatre Company. Other regional credits include The Other Place (Magic Theatre), Othello (Marin Theatre Company), Body Awareness, Trouble in Mind, Awake and Sing! (Aurora Theatre Company), Once in a Lifetime, A Christmas Carol (ACT) and Care of Trees (Shotgun Players).  Film credits include the feature film Us, the animated short The Etymology of Zero, and the web series SanFranLand.  His voice-over work can be heard in numerous radio and internet advertisements.  Patrick holds an MFA in acting from American Conservatory Theater where he currently serves on the faculty in Studio ACT and the Young Conservatory.

Center REPertory Company, the resident professional theatre company of the Lesher Center for the Arts (LCA), will be celebrating its 46th Subscription Season of high-quality theatrical productions during 2012/2013. Center REPertory Company’s mission is to celebrate the power of the human imagination by producing emotionally engaging, intellectually involving, and visually astonishing live theatre and, through our outreach and education programs, to enrich and advance the cultural life of the communities we serve.

Director’s Matinee. Join Center REP’s Artistic Director, Michael Butler, for an engaging discussion of the afternoon’s performance on Feb 3rd at 2:30 pm.  Michael often enlists the cast as well as some of the show’s designers to add their perspectives to this always-lively dialogue.

Teacher’s Day. Center REP hosts area teachers from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges for a matinee at the theatre! This is a great way to honor teachers. By enjoying the performance and then participating in the Director’s Post-Show discussion, teachers are provided tools to broaden their students’ understanding of live theatre. Call 925-295-1420 and press 1 for more information or to take advantage of this discount.

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