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The Music Lesson
The Music Lesson
AATE Distinguished Play Award (2005, Upper/Secondary)

Winner of the IUPUI Bonderman Award

Received the Carbonell Award for Best Production

"Impressive ... [an] impassioned new play … a tale of teachers and students educating each other, reaching across a gulf of cultures and generations for a common understanding through music." —Palm Beach Post

"The Music Lesson will prove to be one of the year's most important, thought-provoking and heartfelt new plays...[an] impressive drama." —Sun-Sentinel

"Sensational...Don't miss this music lesson. You'll be the richer for it." —Daily News
By Tammy Ryan.

Cast: 2m., 4w. Weaving together the music of Bach, with memories of the Bosnian War and the universal conflicts between teacher and student, The Music Lesson tells the story of Irena and her husband Ivan, two musicians who escaped the war in Sarajevo to start a new life in Pittsburgh. When Ivan meets Mrs. Johnson, a recently divorced single mother, at the local grocery store, he brings home two new students: 10-year-old Eddie, a talented violin student, and the unwilling Kat, his 14-year-old sister. While her passion for music and the students she taught helped Irena survive the war, she now stands torn between Maja, the 12-year-old piano prodigy she left behind in Sarajevo, and Kat, the bright but angry American teenager who wants to learn, but resists her teaching. Shifting elegantly from past to present and resonating with powerful music, this is the tale of two countries, two families, two generations and the ways they teach and heal each other. A winner of the IUPUI Bonderman Award and a Carbonell Award for Best Production. "First-rate family drama… We hear what it's like to be a teenager in a civil war…" (Philadelphia City Paper) "…a play of vital theatricality, rich in vivid and resonant images." (Arcade Suburban Publications, Pennsylvania) "…a beautifully told story about healing and hope." (Main Line Times, Pennsylvania) Single set. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  (Subject to Restriction)
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  MD8
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  60
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583422072
Publication Date: 12/15/2003
Tammy Ryan's plays have been produced across the country and internationally. She won the Francesca Primus Prize awarded by the American Theatre Critics Association in 2012 for her play Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods. Her plays have been developed at the New Harmony Project, Premiere Stages, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Philadelphia Theater Company, City Theatre, Bricolage Production Company ...More
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This title can only be licensed/sold in the following regions:US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, S. Africa
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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