The forgotten story of Mozart’s genius sister

 

“Imagine an eleven-year-old girl, performing the most difficult sonatas and concertos of the greatest composers, on the harpsichord or fortepiano, with precision, with incredible lightness, with impeccable taste. It was a source of wonder to many.” – Augsburger Intelligenz, May 19, 1763.

 

        Sylvia Milo's piece about the play in the GUARDIAN

        Huffington Post's interview with Sylvia Milo


Little Matchstick Factory's THE OTHER MOZART is the true, forgotten 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 story faded away, lost to history. 

            "Strikingly beautiful." - New York Times

            “A gem of a show.” - The Stage (London)

Created by Sylvia Milo, the monodrama is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (designed by Magdalena Dabrowska from the National Theater of Poland). Directed by Isaac Byrne, THE OTHER MOZART is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters.

            "The big stars of experimental theater" ­ - Wall Street Journal

            "Fascinating and irresistibly intelligent" - ­­ Theatermania

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, BAM and the International Contemporary Ensemble - for the 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.

Period style movement directed by Janice Orlandi creates a world of opulence and elegance through articulate delicacy of expressive balletic gestures, reverent court bows, and fan language.

With the opulent beauty of the dress and hair design, the sweet smell 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.

 

Awards:

2015 New York Innovative Theatre Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance (Sylvia Milo), Outstanding Original Music (Nathan Davis and Phyllis Chen) 

2015 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Sound Design in a Play

2015 Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Solo Performance

 

Production history:

THE OTHER MOZART had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at HERE in NYC in 2014 and has returned to NYC every year since (also presented by All for One Festival at the Cherry Lane Theater). The play was presented in Austria, in Salzburg, at the invitation of the Mozarteum Foundation - at the Mozart Wohnhaus (inside the Mozart family apartment) - and by the Mozarteum University. In Germany at the Pasinger Fabrik in Munich, and in Estonia, Tyrol and in Toronto, Canada. The play has toured extensively in the US in theatres and at classical music festivals (in San Diego, Charleston, New Orleans, in Alabama, Texas, Florida, New Mexico, California and Connecticut among others). In September 2015 the play was presented at St. James Theater in London to critical acclaim.

 

The Other Mozart's Artistic Team:

Sylvia Milo  (Project Creator, Writer, Actress)

An actress, playwright and producer. Her play, The Other Mozart, had a critically acclaimed Off-Broadway run at HERE Arts Center and in London at St. James Theatre, and has been touring in the US and in Europe. She received the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance in The Other Mozart. 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; Hamlet in Hamlet — an all-female version of the play, which she adapted and directed herself; she has performed at La Mama, Cherry Lane, Ontological-Hysteric, Dixon Place and The Ohio Theatre. As a member of the Bats at the Flea Theater she starred in Seating Arrangements — co-written by Sylvia, directed by Eric Pold of Gob Squad. Sylvia is also a violinist (acoustic and electric violins - Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory, CBGB's, Joe's Pub) and has composed scores for dance and theater (Merce Cunningham Studio, La Mama). She is a graduate of New York University, with extensive training at the Lee Strasberg Institute (assistant to Robert Castle), Michael Chekhov, Stella Adler and The Grotowski Institute in Poland.  www.sylviamilo.com

Isaac Byrne  (Director)

 Originally from Texas, based in NYC, Isaac has been awarded the New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction twice and productions he has directed have been nominated for a Drama Desk Award, an Off Broadway Alliance award, 24 NYIT awards, and 6 Planet Connection Awards. Credits include: The Other Mozart (NYIT Outstanding Solo Performance, Nominated for Director), In Vestments (NYIT Outstanding Premier of a New Play), To Nineveh (NYIT Outstanding Production), Tar Baby (DR2, PS122), 52 Man Pick Up (Ars Nova, Edinburgh Fringe), The New Normal, I Used to Write on Walls, Grimm Reality (Co-Production with Bryant Park), and Hazard a Little Death (Planet Connection Best Original Script). He also performs regularly with the Aztec Economy theatre company in the touring show, Butcher Holler Here We Come. He teaches acting at the University of the Arts, New York Film Academy, and the Matthew Corozine Studio.  www.isaacbyrne.com

Nathan Davis (Composer, Sound Designer)

Nathan Davis "writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority" (NYTimes). Current projects include Hagoromo, an evening-length dance opera commissioned by American Opera Projects for premiere at BAM in November 2015 (with Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto). Past premieres at Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, PS122, the Park Avenue Armory, The Kitchen, Roulette, and at festivals in Germany, Austria, Australia, Finland, Holland, Poland, and Cuba. Portrait concerts at the Mostly Mozart Festival and Spoleto Festival USA. Commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Calder Quartet, Yarn/Wire, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, Steven Schick, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Miller Theatre, and the Ojai Festival. Awards from Meet The Composer, Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Camargo Foundation in Cassis (France), Copland Fund, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, and ASCAP.  CDs include "The Bright and Hollow Sky", one of TimeOut NY's top 5 classical albums of 2011. As a percussionist, Nathan is a member of ICE, and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Seattle Symphony, Tokyo Symphony, and the Nagoya Philharmonic. He holds degrees from Yale and Rice.   www.nathandavis.com

Phyllis Chen (Composer)

Phyllis Chen has been praised by the NYTimes for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis is a pianist, toy pianist and a composer. The featured solo musician in Stephin Merritt’s Off-Broadway musical Coraline, Phyllis is one of the founding members of the International Contemporary Ensemble and the founder of the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano. 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. Attended Oberlin Conservatory as a recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award Scholarship, Masters Degree from Northwestern University and DMA from Indiana University. 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, and a program of her music was featured at the festival in 2013.  www.phyllischen.net

Janice Orlandi  (Period Style Movement Director)

A movement specialist in period styles, historic dance, psychophysical techniques, character transformation and physical dramaturgy. Trained and co-taught with Loyd Williamson and Richard Schechner. Recent directing credits include: Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies (Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, St. James Studio London; Theater Row, Laurie Beechman, 59E59), Garbo Dreams (Red Room NYC). Movement Director: The Contrast (Mirror Repertory Company St Clements), An Ideal Husband and Tartuffe (Sonnet Repertory NYC). A certified teacher of Michael Chekhov and Williamson Technique. Period style specialist of Elizabethan and Restoration, Baroque, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, 1920's-1970's. Artistic director at Actors Movement Studio NYC, faculty at TISCH School of the Arts, Atlantic Theater Company, University of the Arts Philadelphia, Rutgers University, New York Conservatory for 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. Founding Member of Shakespeare in the Parking Lot. Featured in BACKSTAGE and the AMERICAN THEATER MAGAZINE on current “Trends in Movement Training” in theater. Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, SSDC. www.actorsmovementstudio.com

Magdalena Dąbrowska  (Costume Designer - the dress) 

A versatile Polish designer whose projects include fashion, theatrical costumes and set designs, Magdalena is a graduate of Łazarski University in Warsaw and of the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. Her designs have been finalists at such prestigious competitions as Oskary Mody, OFF Fashion, and Złota Nitka. She participated in joint shows organized during the International Millinery Competition in France. She designed costumes for the plays, Taksówka, Spacerowicz and Ukryj Mnie w Gałęziach Drzew directed by Igor Gorzkowski for Studio Teatralne KOŁO. She also designed sets and costumes for Obchód Teatru, Czyli Kim Jest Wojciech B.? at the National Theatre of Poland and for the opera, Hamlet, at the Teatr Wielki in Poznan, Poland.  She also runs INNI - a fashion and costume design studio.  www.innimoda.pl

Miodrag Guberinic (Costume Designer - pannier/corset sculpture)

Miodrag graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with an MFA in costume design. Recent design work includes: "The Maiden" (La Mama Theater); "Eurydice" (LIU); "Good Breeding" (NYU); "The Memory Tax" (Chernuchin Theatre); "Indigo Dai" (Incubator Arts Project); "Touch" (The Hudson Guild Theater); "The Other Mozart" (Cherry Lane Theatre, HERE, St. James Theatre and more); "King and I", "Amhal and the Night Visitors", "Lombardi", "Steel Magnolias" (Harbor Lights Theater); "How Deep is the Ocean" (NYMF); "Ghost Girl" (The Workshop Theatre); "Specia"l (Theatre Row Studios); "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. He worked as an artisan creating costume prototypes of iconic headpieces, masks and crafts for Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour. miodragguberinic.com

Joshua Rose (Lighting Designer)

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, La Boheme for The Bronx Opera and and Madame Butterfly for the Martina Arroyo Foundation.  www.joshuarosedesigns.com

 Courtney Bednarowski  (Hairstylist)

An emerging hairstylist residing in Brooklyn. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she graduated from the Aveda Institute, completed an assistant program at Mizu Salon in NYC, and decided to expand her skillset into barbering at Freeman's Barbershop. Courtney has styled for countless fashion events, film and theater, print and online publications, and is now working for DIOR as the lead wig stylist. (In The Other Mozart Courtney sculpts the actress' hair - it is all and only the actress' real hair!)

 Samantha Hoefer (Actress - German)

Samantha Hoefer grew up in Hamburg, Germany and was part of the Task acting school, where she studied under Andreas Mohrhagen. Upon graduation she traveled to France and worked at the Theatre Chaudron in Paris. At the prestigious Thalia Theatre in Hamburg she performed in Judasevangelium directed by the famed Hungarian film director Kornel Mundruczo (Delta and White God), in Reckless by Cornelia Funke directed by Marco Storman, and worked with Alia Luque on Blind Date, adapted from the movie by Stanley Tucci. In her short time in New York Samantha starred as the lead in The Curious Savage and Six Degrees of Separation at the Studio Theatre, she co-wrote  and starred in NowhereNowHere - a play directed by John Gould Rubin and Kat Yen at the Theatre Lab, in Little Wars - written and directed by Steven Carl McCasland at the Clarion Theatre, and at the Theatre for the New City in The New Trial - by Peter Weiss directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li. She is fluent in four languages and next will bring this Mozart's story back to Europe in Nannerl's mother tongue.  www.samanthahoefer.com

 Daniela Galli (Actress - Brazilian)

Daniela Galli began her artistic path through dance and music in her native Brazil. She was a member of modern and tap dance companies and played the oboe at the Symphonic Orchestra of Campinas. She later graduated in Architecture and Urban Planning and worked as a set designer off-Broadway and as an associate designer to Tony Walton on Broadway. She studied acting at HB Studios and since 2006 is back in Brazil acting in theatre, film and television. Recent credits include: FILM - My Hindu Friend, directed by Hector Babenco, opposite Willem Dafoe, The American Side, by Jenna Ricker, starring Greg Stuhr and Matthew Broderick, Chlorine, by Marcelo Gabrowsky, Tragédia da Rua das Flores, directed by Ivan Zettel; THEATRE - Ciranda, by Celia Forte and directed by José Possi Neto, “Realismo”, by Anthony Neilson and directed by Tato Consorti, “PLAY”, by Rodrigo Nogueira and directed by Ivan Sugahara; TV - Plano Alto (nominated to Contigo Award for best actress in a TV series), "Mandrake" (HBO) and other series for TV Globo and Record. She just finished shooting a Netflix original film called "The Bounty Hunter", to be released in 2017.  She speaks Portuguese, English, Italian, Dutch and Spanish, and will produce and perform The Other Mozart in Brazil in 2017. www.danielagalli.com

 

Original concept first developed by Sylvia Milo and Anna Sroka.

Anna Sroka (Dress Concept and additional contribution)

www.annasroka.pl

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.