Lee Theatre To Present “33 Variations”

Friday, October 25, 2013
Dr. Katherine Brandt, played by Jaclyn Baughman, and Beethoven, played by Jonathan Swindle, are separated by almost 200 years, but find their paths cross as they both study variations on a theme in 33 Variations.  The production will be at Lee University Nov. 1-2 and 7-9.
Dr. Katherine Brandt, played by Jaclyn Baughman, and Beethoven, played by Jonathan Swindle, are separated by almost 200 years, but find their paths cross as they both study variations on a theme in 33 Variations. The production will be at Lee University Nov. 1-2 and 7-9.

Lee University Theatre will present 33 Variations, written by Moises Kaufman and directed by Dr. Christine Williams on Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., and Nov. 2 and Nov. 7-9 at 7:30 p.m.

Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 2009, 33 Variations intertwines the story of two geniuses, Beethoven and musicologist Katherine Brandt, as they both face life-altering medical conditions. A story of hope and reconciliation, 33 Variations traces the development of Beethoven’s famed masterpieces from a simple theme by a "nobody" music publisher into some of the greatest works ever written for the piano.

The play will feature Siyao Li of Lee's School of Music playing many of the featured variations.   

Dr. Williams, associate professor of theatre, joined the Lee faculty in 2007 and since has directed several student productions such as “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” “The Winter's Tale,” “My Fair Lady,” “Tartuffe,” and “Sabrina Fair.”

Dr. Williams has worked as a director, producer or designer on more than 20 college, church and community theatre productions including “Little Women,” “The Bald Soprano,” “Taming of the Shrew,” and “Man of La Mancha.” As an actor, she has performed in plays such as “How I Learned to Drive” at the Toledo Repertoire and as a voice actor for the Colla Marionette's U.S. production of “Guerrino Detto il Meschino” at the Spoleto International Arts Festival. 

The performances will be held in Lee’s Dixon Center. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors/students. The play is recommended for ages 13 and up.     

For tickets or other information, call 614-8343 or email theatre@leeuniversity.edu. Fans can also join the Facebook page "Lee University Theatre."



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