Maria Anna Nannerl Mozart, with her brother and father in a family portrait painted in 1780-81.
Whiteley, David (Canadian playwright/director/actor/writer/musician/student, 1971-____), Mozart Requiem,
a 45-minute absurdist pseudo-biography in English set around a coffin, Austria, chiefly during the life of Nannerl Mozart,
1m1f or 2m or 2f,
© 1995 by David Whiteley; script/rights available from playwright, telephone (home) 514-278-3261, in Canada. Cited to Webmaster by David Whiteley via e-mail, April 15, 1996; Whiteley says,
§ Dramatis Personae Maria Anna Nannerl Mozart (f), Wolfgangs sister; Frau Mozart (f), mother of Nannerl and Wolfgang. Both actors play various other roles.
§ Synopsis Specifically, the scenes are as follows: (1) Requiem: at funeral of Mozart, (2) Kyrie: Who has the right to be called Mozart? (3) Dies Irae: Nannerl and mom discuss Wolfgangs childhood illness, (4) Tuba Mirum: Nannerl torments young Wolfgang with a trumpet, (5) Rex tremendae: Nannerl's dad wont take her with Wolfgang to Italy, (6) Recordare: Mozart home life as if 1950s, (7) Confutatis: Film noir meeting of Nannerl and her ex-love, (8) Lacrimosa: Wolfgangs ex-love mourns over his coffin interruption: list of themes excluded from show, (9) Domine Jesu Christe: Fight over right to be Mozart, (10) Hostias: Nannerl and Wolfgang at play in a coffin, (11) Sanctus: Wolfgang tells Nannerl his premonitions of death, (12) Benedictus: Nannerl, disguised as her dead mom, haunts Wolfgang, (13) Angus Dei: Vincent Novello collects biographic information from Nannerl, (14) Lux aeterna: Back at the opening funeral scene.
§ Comment This one-act play presents a sequence of mostly-chronological scenes, imaginatively (and with considerable ahistoricity) examining the life of Nannerl Mozart, exploring the hypothesis that she could have been a great success like her brother had various factors (lack of support from her father, social constraints) not impeded her. Each scene is stylistically distinct, from impressionist memory drama to I Love Lucy parody to absurdism and expressionism.
acceptance, Austria, biography, death, fame, family, fear, history, immortality,
jealousy, love, memory, Mozart (Maria
Anna Nannerl Mozart, 1751-1829),
family, readers theatre.
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