poster for The Other MozartTHE OTHER MOZART AT UALBANY

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences with support provided University at Albany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and University Auxiliary Services, is pleased to present The Other Mozart on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 7:30pm. Ushering in Women’s History Month, the show tells the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim but her work and her life faded away, lost to history due to overwhelming restrictions and prejudice of the time.

Produced by Little Matchstick Factory, directed by Isaac Byrne and performed by creator Sylvia Milo, the monodrama is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters. Along with music composed by her famous brother and Marianna Martines (a female composer who inspired Nannerl), original music was written for the play by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (featured composers of Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival) for the instruments Nannerl knew intimately, such as clavichords, music boxes and bells as well as teacups, fans and other ordinary objects that likely captured her imagination.  Period style movement is directed by Janice Orlandi creating a world of opulence and elegance through articulate delicacy of expressive balletic gestures, reverent court bows and fan language.

The Other Mozart had a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run at HERE in 2014 followed by a run in New York City every year since.  The play was also presented in Austria at the Mozart Wohnhaus (inside the Mozarts' apartment) in Salzburg at the invitation of the Mozarteum Foundation and by the Mozarteum University, as part of the now annual Symposium on Nannerl Mozart which the play inspired into creation. It has been performed in Germany, Estonia, London and Canada as well as extensively throughout the United States.

Critical acclaim has included: "strikingly beautiful” (New York Times), “a gem of a show” (London’s The Stage) and "fascinating and irresistibly intelligent" (Theatermania).  The Londonist called it “an arresting depiction” while New York Arts called it “one of the most remarkable theatric presentations... Sylvia Milo has brought off a tour de force in creating such an absorbing, intelligent, and sure-footed entertainment ... brilliant and absorbing.”

Recognition has included Outstanding Solo Performance for Sylvia Milo and Outstanding Original Music for Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, Outstanding Sound Design in a Play by the Drama Desk Awards and Best Solo Performance from the Off Broadway Alliance.

Originally from Poland and now based in New York City, Sylvia Milo is an actress, playwright and producer.  She played Bob Dylan in the OBIE Award-winning The West Village Fragments by Peculiar Works, Ophelia in The Ophelia Landscape with Mira Furlan at the Mark Morris Center and Hamlet in Hamlet (an all-female version of the play) which she adapted and directed herself.  Milo is also a violinist (playing both acoustic and electric) and has composed scores for dance and theater. She is a graduate of New York University with extensive training at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (assistant to Robert Castle), Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler, Lucid Body and Actors Movement Studio and The Grotowski Institute in Poland.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be a special morning matinee performance of The Other Mozart for high school groups on Thursday, March 2 at 10am. Educators wishing to receive information and/or make reservations for this matinee should contact the UAlbany Performing Arts Center’s main office at (518) 442-5738 or PAC@albany.edu.