How can composers Arnold Schoenberg, Piotr Tchaikovsky and Carlo Gesualdo balance the chaos of their creativity with their need for love? Playwright Tommy Smith and director Chris Fields trace three real-life love triangles in a passionate tale of intrigue, jealousy and music.
Set simultaneously in 20th century Austria, 18th century Russia and 17th century Italy, Fugue interlaces the three tales of ill-fated romance in counterpoint, a polyphonic telling that reveals each composer’s breathtaking genius — as well as the demons that drive his creativity.
Written by Tommy Smith. Directed by Chris Fields.
Starring: Troy Blendell, Alana Dietze, Jesse Fair, Karl Herlinger, Justin Huen, Eric Keitel, Christopher Shaw, Amanda Street, Jeanne Syquia.
Stage Manager: Samantha McCann
Lighting Design: Matt Richter
Sound Design: Drew Dalzell
Scenic Design: Amanda Knehans
Costume Design: Michael Mullen
Publicity: Lucy Pollak
Produced by Chris Fields & Rebecca Eisenberg
“An edgy, potent drama… The creation of brilliant music counterpoints the tormented amorous lives of three prominent composers… elegantly geometric in its construction and viscerally potent in its staging… Unadventurous viewers need not apply.” — Los Angeles Times
“GO!… Ambitious… It is the movement, the timing and the brilliant staging of sex, suicide and slaughter that make the production extraordinary…each of the leads is spot on with a strong ensemble… a directorial coup” — LA Weekly
“Cleverly constructed… Smith leavens his dark, brooding meditation on the mystery of creativity with large doses of wit and humor… a play about music which becomes a piece of music itself…. superb performances” —Total Theater
“PROVOCATIVE AND DRAMATIC… an excellent production… . Director Fields weaves his players and their stories flawlessly.” — On Stage Los Angeles
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