The Other Mozart is a play about Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. A one-woman show written and performed by Sylvia Milo, directed by Isaac Byrne, it tells the true story of this prodigy, a keyboard virtuoso and composer, who as a child toured through all of Europe performing with her brother, to equal acclaim, but who faded away and left behind nothing of her own.
Using Nannerl’s own letters and those of her family, the performance investigates how this female prodigy, this Mozart, faded from the world - and whether this loss was inevitable.
The show is set in, on, and underneath its costume: a stunning dress, eighteen feet in diameter, created to fill and spill over the entire stage.
Original music was composed for the play by Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen (both recent Fromm commission recipients and members of the International Contemporary Ensemble - currently in residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center) for instruments Nannerl knew intimately, such as clavichords, music boxes, and bells, as well as teacups, fans, and other ordinary objects that might have captured her imagination.
With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smells of perfume, and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, the performance creates a multi-sensual experience and transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight -- but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.
Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Sylvia is a graduate of New York University and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (assistant to Robert Castle). Former member of the BATS Repertory Company at the Flea Theater in NYC. In New York she has performed at such theaters as the Flea, La Mama, Ontological-Hysteric, Theatre For the New City, and Dixon Place. Among her favorite stage roles: Hamlet in "Hamlet" - an all-female version of the play, which she adapted and directed herself; Sylwia in "Seating Arrangements"- co-written by Sylvia, directed by Eric Pold of Gob Squad for the Flea Theatre; Ophelia in "The Ophelia Landscape"- an experimental production with Mira Furlan at the Mark Morris Center; and Bob Dylan on the streets of New York, in "The West Village Fragments" by Peculiar Works. Sylvia is also a violinist (playing acoustic and electric violins) and a composer, and she often uses her music skills in acting. She studied classical music in Poland, then jazz at Milton Academy, and at NYU with Mike Richmond, and studied composition with Klaus Sinfelt. Playing in various rock, jazz, avant garde bands, she has performed at NYC venues including Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory, Galapagos, Webster Hall, CBGB's and Joe's Pub. She composed scores for Natasa Trifan dance company at the Merce Cunningham Studio as well as other dance and theater productions, and her solo electric violin score for the play, "Cinnamon Moths", was acclaimed in Backstage as "stunning, to say the least".
In New York City, Isaac has directed the premieres of "Green", "To Nineveh" (both at American Place Theatre), "Something True" (Samuel French Short Play Festival), and co-directed "I Used To Write On Walls" (Gene Frankel Theater), "Diane and The Jessica" (The OHIO Theatre as part of SHORT LOVE), and the staged reading of "Miss Lily Gets Boned" (The LARK)—all by Bekah Brunstetter, "Many Worlds" by William Borden (The Red Room), "Arms and the Octopus" by Casey Wimpee (The OHIO Theater as part of fuckplays), "Fresh Kills" by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder (at 59E59), "Inter Course" by Brandon Koebernick (American Place Theatre), "Playoff Picture" by Paul John Desena (American Place Theatre), and "The New Normal" by Donnetta Lavinia Grays (June Havoc). He has also directed "True West" by Sam Sheperd for Curious Frog Company which was performed in an East Village Apt. He developed and directed Desiree Burch’s solo show "52 Man Pick Up" (Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Edinburg Fringe Festival-Scotland, OHIO Theatre, 59E59, NY Int. Fringe). "To Nineveh" was nominated for 9 NY IT Awards and won 6 including Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Original Full Length. A founding member of Working Man's Clothes Productions, where he served as Artistic Director for four years, Isaac is currently serving as the Artistic Director for the newly formed THEATRE 4 the PEOPLE. With T4TP he has directed its inaugural co-production with Bryant Park, "A Grimm Reality" and "The Shakespeare Project." In his "spare" time, Isaac teaches at NYFA.
Nathan Davis makes music inspired by natural processes, acoustic phenomena, and the abstraction of simple stories. Lincoln Center inaugurated the new Tully Scope Festival in 2011 with the premiere of Nathan's 30 minute site-specific work "Bells", performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and praised by Anthony Tommasini in the New York Times as "an alluring and pensive musical experience". Nathan's music has been premiered at NYC's Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Roulette, across the US, and internationally at Darmstadt, Helsinki Musica Nova, and other festivals in Holland, Poland, China, Russia, Canada, and Cuba. He has received commissions from the Calder String Quartet, the Ojai Festival (for Eighth Blackbird and an installation by sound-sculptor Trimpin), TimeTable, and the Moving Theater Dance Company, and has received awards from Meet The Composer's Commissioning Music/USA, the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, the Argosy Foundation, ASCAP, and the ISCM. Recordings include a monograph of his chamber music, "The Bright and Hollow Sky", his electroacoustic percussion disc "Memory Spaces", flutist Claire Chase's debut "Aliento", and a forthcoming release from the Meehan/Perkins Duo. As a member of ICE, Nathan is in residence at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center in NYC from 2011 to 2013.
Praised by the New York Times for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis is a pianist, toy pianist and a composer (New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2007 Concert Artist Guild International Competition). In 2009, she was the featured solo musician in Stephin Merritt’s Off-Broadway musical "Coraline". Phyllis is one of the founding members of ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble), a Chicago and New York-based collective dedicated to the performance and promotion of new works. Phyllis also founded the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano and electronics. A strong interest in interdisciplinary work led her to collaborations with video artist and electronic musician Rob Dietz with whom she created multimedia works such as "The Memoirist", "Pearlessence", "Chroma" and "Carousel". Upcoming projects for the duo include a micro-media toy piano opera commissioned by Opera Cabal. Phyllis attended Oberlin Conservatory as a recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award Scholarship and received a Masters Degree from Northwestern University as an Eckstein Merit Scholar. She is continuing to pursue her DMA in piano performance at Indiana University where she studied with André Watts. Her piece "Chimers" based on Papageno’s magic bells from Mozart’s "Magic Flute" was premiered at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2011.
A versatile Polish designer whose projects include fashion, theatrical costumes, makeup and set designs. A graduate of Łazarski University in Warsaw, of makeup academy in the Fine Arts College and of the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. She teaches costume design at the Active Academy of Visual Arts and at the Warsaw School of Advertising. Her designs have been finalists at such prestigious competitions as Oskary Mody, OFF Fashion and Złota Nitka. She also participated in joint shows organized during the International Millinery Competition in France. She designed the costumes for the shows, "Taksówka", "Spacerowicz" and "Ukryj Mnie w Gałęziach Drzew" directed by Igor Gorzkowski for Studio Teatralne KOŁO. She also designed the costumes and sets for an event entitled, "Obchód Teatru, Czyli Kim Jest Wojciech B.?" at the National Theatre in Poland. In 2009, in the competition, Złota Nitka, she was awarded the Media Grand Prix and a honorary mention in the primer vision category, for her collection entitled “Beauty Mechanics” (Mechanika Piekna). She also presented the collection at the OFF Fashion, the Warsaw Fashion Street and at Łódź Design. Together with Kajka Woźnicka, she launched an informal artistic group called HIHOT, whose projects include urban happenings and photography. She also runs a design studio, INNI, that specialises in one-of-a-kind fashion and costume designs.
Graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with MFA in Costume Design. Most recent theater design works include: 10% Nation (Dixon Place NYC); King and I, Amahl And The Night Visitors, Lombardi and Steel Magnolias (Harbor Lights Theater, NYC); How Deep Is The Ocean (NYMF, NYC); Muzungu (Co-Op Theatre East NYC); Ghost Girl (The Workshop Theatre, NYC); Special (Theatre Row Studios, NYC); Where We Were Born and Animals Out of Paper (Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago).
He received Norrenbroock Design Award from Northwestern University 2011 and The Merritt award for the best Graduating exhibition from The Goodman theater in Chicago 2011. Thrilled to be part of "The Other Mozart" design team and grateful for this wonderful opportunity.
A Movement and Period Style Specialist, certified teacher of Williamson Technique and Michael Chekhov Technique, has trained extensively with Ann Bogart, Tina Landau and Siti Company in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition. Trained and co-taught with mentors Loyd Williamson, founder of the Williamson Technique and Richard Schechner founder of Rasaboxes. Artistic Director and Director of Education at Actors Movement Studio Conservatory NYC, she is an Assistant Professor at University of the Arts Philadelphia, and NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Her work as an educator, director, actress and movement coach has been seen at Williamstown Theater Festival, State Theater School Denmark, Lindenberg Center for Culture Netherlands, Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Circle Rep Lab and many others. She is a Founding Member of Expanded Arts Theater Company & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.
A graduate of the stage design program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Joshua resides in New York City and designs lighting for a variety of projects all over the world; from intimate solo shows to full operas, from architectural installations to modern dance. Some designs of note include The Edge of Some World choreographed by Jonathan Fredrickson and premiered in Beijing; The Blue Frog jazz club in Mumbai; A Celebration of Music and Dance with The Limon Dance Company and Simon Bolivar National Youth Choir of Venezuala at Lincoln Center. Recent Designs include Tar Baby by Desiree Burch and La Boheme for The Bronx Opera.
Courtney Bednarowski is an emerging, young hairstylist residing in Brooklyn. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she graduated from the Aveda Institute in 2007 and has since relocated to New York City to further her skill base and experience. In the four years she has been working as a professional, Courtney has styled for countless fashion events, film and theater, print and online publications, and is always designing independent projects and collaborating with alternative artists.
An artist known for combining her talents as an actress, singer, and a director, Anna Sroka is a graduate of the Theater Academy in Warsaw, Poland. She has received awards from the Minister of Culture and Art, Przegląd Piosenki Aktorskiej, Wybrzeże, ZASP (for her role in the play "Taksówka" by Igor Gorzkowski), Złota Maska" (for her role in "Rent", directed by Ingmar Villqist). She is part of the Olga Lipinska Cabaret, has performed the titular role in the play "PIAF" directed by Jan Szurmieja, and she tours with the show "Ale... i Nie Tylko (songs of Edith Piaf)." "Ulica, Która Płyną Moje Obie Dłonie" is her authored play, written to the songs of Zygmunt Konieczny and Andrzej Zarycki. Anna Sroka teaches song interpretation at ZPSM and in Wyższa Szkola Komunikowania i Mediów Społecznych in Warsaw in the acting department. She directed "CooLos" at ZPSM in Warsaw and works regularly with Teatr Polonia, Teatr Studio, Teatr Ochota, Studio Teatralne Koło, Teatr Nova Scena Teatru Roma, Teatr Montownia, and Teatr Rozrywki. Soon she is releasing her CD "Dziwny Owoc" of songs by Billie Holiday, with Włodzimierz Nahorny.