by Dave Malloy
directed by Billy Christopher Maupin
music direction by Susan Randolph Braden
May 23 - June 30, 2018
On the surface this head-trippy musical fantasia covers the three years of writers block and the hypnotherapy treatment that Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff underwent after the disastrous premiere of his Symphony No. 1 in D Minor. But beneath the surface is creator Dave Malloy's innovative probings about genius, success/failure, parallel universes, and the process of making art that's told in a collage of musical styles from klezmer to punk rock.
Malloy is the creator of the Broadway hit NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, as well as many other award-winning new musicals.
“Along with FUN HOME and HAMILTON, this smashing production [of PRELUDES] says that the American musical is not only not dead but also growing luxuriantly in places you never expected.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“Mr. Malloy lifts styles with such abandon, making willful shifts — from punk riffs to agitated Broadway ballads, mock-pompous recitative to gritty Russian folk songs or drinking choruses with klezmer clarinets — that you lose track of what is being appropriated and really don’t care.” – Anthony Tomassini, The New York Times
“What's Russian for chutzpah? Whatever the word, Dave Malloy has enough of it to fill all of Siberia.” Tom Geier, Entertainment Weekly
PJ Freebourn - Rach
Isabella Stansbury - Natalya
Georgia Rogers Farmer - Dahl
Jody Ashworth* - Chaliapin
Levi Meerovich - The Master
Travis West - Rachmaninoff
*appearing courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Billy Christopher Maupin - Director
Susan Randolph Braden - Music Director
Emily Dandridge - Choreographer
Tennessee Dixon - Set and Projection Designer
Christian DeAngelis - Lighting Designer
Leslie Cook-Day - Costume Designer
Ryan Dygert - Sound Designer
Cailin Lindsay - Stage Manager
Leighanne Perry - Assistant Stage Manager
Wed, May 23 @ 7:30pm (preview)
Thu, May 24 @ 7:30pm (preview)
Fri, May 25 @ 7:30pm (preview)
Sat, May 26 @ 7:30pm (press opening)
Thu, May 31 @ 7:30pm
Fri, June 1 @ 7:30pm
Sat, June 2 @ 7:30pm
Thu, June 7 @ 7:30pm
Fri, June 8 @ 7:30pm
Sat, June 9 @ 7:30pm
Sun, June 10 @ 4pm
Thu, June 14 @ 7:30pm (Date Night*)
Fri, June 15 @ 7:30pm
Sat, June 16 @ 7:30pm
Sun, June 17 @ 4pm
Wed, June 20 @ 7:30pm (Date Night*)
Thu, June 21 @ 7:30pm (Date Night*)
Thu, June 28 @ 7:30pm (Date Night*)
Fri, June 29 @ 7:30pm
Sat, June 30 @ 7:30pm
Preludes Date Night Romance Package --
Spend a romantic night with someone special at PRELUDES.
Share the experience of listening to Rachmaninoff's beautiful and passionate music in the intimate atmosphere of Firehouse's 1908 converted fire station.
Be amazed by the power of award-winning composer/playwright Dave Malloy's vision, Rachmaninoff's music, and a cast of outrageously talented performers in a stunning production.
Enjoy the pleasure and heat of being together at PRELUDES.
Date Night Romance Package includes:
2 reserved seats in the first three rows; 2 glasses of champagne; Red Cap Patisserie chocolate brownie and spicy pecans to share; backstage tour, childcare rebate for couples with kids available.
$60 (per couple -- what a deal!!!) in advance only at
www.firehousetheatre.org / 804.355.2001