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a new collaboration with
MOZART and THE
As part of the 25th Anniversary Season of
Vantage Theatre presents a staged reading
Salerno's highly acclaimed
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
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
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
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.
MORE INFORMATION, REVIEWS, PICTURES, ETC. CLICK HERE)
GOES TO MEXICO!
Director receives commission from Tijuana for Tchaikovsky project.
Theatre Scene Interview with Eric Tauber (CLICK):
"When you open someone's horizons up-- that
changes lives. That's why I got into theatre in the first place."-- From Interview
With Robert Salerno
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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Vantage Presents the Hit New York
WIDE-RANGING AND ULTIMATELY VERY MOVING”—L.A. Times
Smith is a national treasure, and her performance demands to be seen."--
"You won’t want
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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.
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
Listen to Art
Rocks! Interview: http://filesource.abacast.com/wsradio/artrox/041311/segment2041311.mp3
Continues New Play Development Series (select)
Vantage Sponsors New
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.
Dori Salois and Artist In Residence Robert Salerno honored as "Best of
June 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29
1531 Tyler Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
OF THE WORLD COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL RUN
Morgan, Taylor Henderson, Dominique Salerno
The Sixteenth Annual Actors Festival
Lyceum Theatre, Horton Plaza
Ensemble, Best Actor, Best Actress
IN RESIDENCE ROBERT SALERNO DIRECTS
The poignant story
about the Dirty War in Argentina,
and a terrifying
leap into the future.
by Dori Salois
Theatre Wins 3 "Billies"
2004 Productions at
Diego Repertory Theatre's Lyceum Theatre
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AASD Festival Awards!
Best Direction-- Robert
Playbill "Billie" Award!