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Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, with her brother and father in a family portrait painted in 1780-81.


“Mozart Requiem”

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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), Wolfgang’s 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 Wolfgang’s childhood illness, (4) Tuba Mirum: Nannerl torments young Wolfgang with a trumpet, (5) Rex tremendae: Nannerl's dad won’t 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: Wolfgang’s 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.”

  §  Themes 1791, acceptance, Austria, biography, death, fame, family, fear, history, immortality, jealousy, love, memory, Mozart (Maria Anna “Nannerl” Mozart, 1751-1829), Mozart family, readers theatre.

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