Performance & Music
April 18-20, 2013 at 7:30pm
Black Box Theater, Schwartz Center
Cornell Junior Spencer Whale will present Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce April 19 and 20 at 8:00 p.m. and April 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Black Box Theater at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts, 430 College Ave.
Melancholy Play, written by award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl, follows the stories of a Hairdresser, a Tailor, a British Nurse, and an Unfeeling Therapist from an Unspecified European Country as they fall under the spell of the seductively-melancholic Bank-Teller, Tilly. Contrary to its title, the play provides a wildly-comedic, yet poignant take on love in all its forms: love between two (or more) people, love of life, and the potentially-destructive love of sadness.
“This play is unique in its ability to combine poetic imagery, music, broad comedy -- and even some song and dance -- to tell a very serious story in a very entertaining way,” Whale says. “Melancholy Play touches on depression, prescription medication, homosexuality, and even death, while constantly focusing on the absurd humor of it all; it recasts and celebrates our modern social pariahs as the sexy, fun, heroes we all long to be.”
Whale’s production includes music by celebrated composer Michael Roth. Roth has written scores for over 250 productions at major theaters throughout North America, and has been a Resident Artist and composer at South Coast Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse in California, as well as at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada. His projects have included music for The Tempest with Christopher Plummer and Jews and Baseball with Dustin Hoffman, as well as collaborations with Anne Bogart, Peter Sellars, Tom Stoppard, and Randy Newman.