Figaro Intertwines Mozart's Opera and Beaumarchais' Plays at American Repertory Theatre
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Theatrical luminary Tony Kushner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angels in America and the brilliant libretto for Caroline, or Change, penned this delightful adaptation of Brundibar, a remarkable musical fable based on an opera that was first performed in the Czech concentration camp in which its original author was imprisoned. A fairytale opera about two children who must sing in the market to raise money for their ailing mother, Brundibar celebrates the triumph of the helpless over tyranny and the transformative power of art. Supplementing Brundibar is But the Giraffe, a brief Kushner-written companion piece about a young girl who has to make a tough choice. This show is produced by Underground Railway Theater. Learn More
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A.R.T. begins its season with a pair of inventive opera-plays from Theatre de la Jeune Lune (Carmen, The Miser, Amerika). Combining the beauty of Mozart with the brilliance of one of France’s greatest comic writers, Figaro unites Mozart’s sublime Marriage of Figaro with Beaumarchais’ revolutionary comedy of intrigue and seduction. Figaro plays in repertory with Don Juan Giovanni, which shares the same set and cast. It’s an outstanding theatrical event that is not to be missed.
We are in Paris in the year 1792, and the French Revolution is raging. Count Almaviva and his long-time servant, the barber Figaro, have taken refuge in a deserted mansion across the street from the Bastille.
The Count spends most of his days hiding in a closet, with Figaro still tending to him, more or less. They bicker and insult each other, and remember their past life together in Seville – and their memories come to life before them.
Suddenly it is once again Figaro’s wedding day. The Count is plotting to seduce Susanna, Figaro’s fiancée; meanwhile, a young page, Cherubino, has fallen in love with the lonely Countess.
The Old Count and Old Figaro watch as their former selves enact their inevitable patterns of seduction and recrimination. Outside the Revolution blazes, threatening to engulf the aging aristocrat – and slowly past and present seem to merge.
About the Ticket Supplier: American Repertory Theater
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) seeks to expand the boundaries of theatre, exploring the best texts from across cultures and ages. A resident company of professional artists, teachers, technicians, and administrators, the A.R.T. provides a home for outstanding directors, a training ground for young artists, and a vital cultural resource for the community.