None but the Lonely Heart:
The Strange Story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck
Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre
July 18 – August 3
An innovative fusion of drama and live music
by Eve Wolf
directed by Donald T. Sanders
a production of Ensemble for the Romantic Century
featuring Jonathan Epstein and Ariel Bock
Shakespeare & Company is pleased to present None But The Lonely Heart: The Strange Story of Tchaikovsky and Madame von Meck, a special engagement with New York’s groundbreaking Ensemble for the Romantic Century, in an original theatrical concert that interweaves drama with live chamber music including Tchaikovsky’s Piano Trio in A minor, violin scherzo, and some of his most moving songs. If Tchaikovsky’s strange relationship with his patroness Madame von Meck hadn’t actually happened, Hollywood would have had to invent it. Long time Company actors Ariel Bock and Jonathan Epstein, who have both performed with Ensemble for the Romantic Century, team up once again to bring this fascinating glimpse into the real Tchaikovsky and an enduring and enigmatic love that defied all convention.
“So much of Shakespeare’s work is filled with music and songs,” says Simotes. “Many of which have inspired dozens of operas, musicals and classical composers. Having the Ensemble for the Romantic Century as part of the mix this summer just seemed like a perfect fit with our programming. This presentation in particular brings not only two of our top actors into the roles, but it’s also such a poignant and magical blend of powerful language and striking music. We hope audiences will delight in this special presentation as we look forward to future collaborations.”
Eve Wolf, Executive Artistic Director with Ensemble for the Romantic Century agrees.
“ERC is thrilled to appear at Shakespeare & Company in our signature form of drama, in which live music plays such a central role,” said Wolf . “In this production, audiences will have a chance to hear the actual words, feelings and thoughts of Tchaikovsky. The central musical work, his Trio in A minor, is a drama in itself! In addition there are his expressive songs and a brilliant violin scherzo. With the actors and musicians on stage at the same time, the chemistry is visceral. I don’t want to give the plot away, but even while I am playing the piano during the performance I am drawn into this compelling story and keep my handkerchief nearby. To me, Tchaikovsky is the epitome of passion in music.”