FALSETTOLAND scheduled for Daedalus Project Reading on August 19
This year OSF is pleased to present FALSETTOLAND (Book by James Lapine, and music and lyrics by William Finn) for the Deadalus play reading.
The story centers on Marvin, his wife Trina, his psychiatrist Mendel, his son Jason, and his gay lover Whizzer Brown. In this chapter of Marvin's life, Jason is preparing for his bar mitzvah and Whizzer is suffering from a mysterious, life-threatening, as yet undefined illness, which the audience recognizes is AIDS.
The play premiered in 1990, and the "NY Times" review said this: “…an achingly articulate musical that copes with AIDS much as its characters do—with denial, rage, empathy and even some small hope that what Marvin's son calls a "miracle of Judaism" will come to the rescue. Never maudlin, clinical or didactic—but always, in some hard-won way or another, high-spirited—FALSETTOLAND is a musical of jubilance and courage, not defeat. It must have taken exceptional fortitude to write, and it is by turns entertaining and devastating to witness.”
The cast for this reading includes Royer Bockus (Cordelia), Christiana Clark (Dr. Charlotte), Braden Day (Jason), Miles Fletcher (Whizzer), Jeremy Peter Johnson (Marvin), Miriam A. Laube (Trina) and Daisuke Tsuji (Dr. Mendel). The director is Jane Page, music director is Gary Busby, and stage manager is Roxana Khan.
For decades, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival company and audience have come together in August for The Daedalus Project. This annual event raises money to end the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to remember and celebrate those who have died from this disease.
In the last 25 years, the Daedalus Project has become greater than the sum of its parts. Not only has the event raised a grand total of $1.3 million for AIDS/HIV related charities, but it has created a tradition of remembrance, celebration, and collective action for our company, community, and audience. We thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you on August 19.
Tickets for the Reading are $25. To purchase tickets online, click here or call the Box Office at 800-219-8161.
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