Created, written and performed by Sylvia Milo, THE OTHER MOZART had an Off-Broadway run in NYC at HERE Arts Center, in London at St. James Theater, in Munich at the Pasinger Fabrik and was presented in Salzburg at the invitation of the Mozarteum Foundation (inside the Mozarts’ Wohnhaus apartment) and in Vienna at the Mozarthaus Vienna (Wolfgang’s Domgasse home). The monodrama continues being presented internationally, currently in four languages, performed by Sylvia Milo or an other actress, with over 250 performances to date.
The play is set in a stunning 18-foot dress (designed by Magdalena Dabrowska of 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.
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.