June/July 2022 | Mandell Weiss Theatre
Book and Lyrics by Carson Kreitzer | Music by Matt Gould
Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly | Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Amid the violence of the Russian Revolution, a young painter named Tamara de Lempicka and her aristocrat husband are forced to abandon their luxurious lifestyle and flee to the dubious safety of Paris. Relying on raw talent and relentless ambition, Tamara claws her way from penniless refugee to in-demand portraitist, earning a place among Parisian high society. Her world is upended once again when she meets Rafaela, a free spirit from the city slums, who introduces Tamara to a new world of decadence and passion. Torn between her new muse and her husband, and fighting to leave her mark on an ever-changing world, Tamara must discover the depths of her own strength to survive. Spanning decades of political turmoil and told through a thrilling, pop-infused score, Lempicka boldly explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come.
The world premiere of Lempicka was originally produced in July 2018 by the Williamstown Theatre Festival; Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director.
Top banner art: ©Tamara de Lempicka Estate
is a playwright, lyricist, librettist and a recent Guggenheim, MacDowell and McKnight Fellow. Current projects include CAPITAL CRIME!, a play with songs set in Gilded Age New York, and a series of plays about the climate crisis: GREEN, TIMEBOMB and a third play inspired by her time on a ship in the Arctic, exploring the Svalbard Archipelago as part of The Arctic Circle Artist and Scientist Residency Program. Her plays include THE LOVE SONG OF J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER (Rosenthal New Play Prize, Steinberg New Play Citation and Stavis Award), THE SLOW DRAG (New York and London) and LASSO OF TRUTH (NNPN Rolling World Premiere). She is a Core Writer with The Playwrights’ Center, an alumna of New Dramatists and was the first Playwrights of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark. Her collection SELF DEFENSE and other plays is available from No Passport Press.Carson Kreitzer Book/Lyrics
is a recipient of the Richard Rodgers Award (2012 and 2014), The Jonathan Larson Award, and ASCAP’s Dean Kay, Harold Adamson, and Richard Rodgers Awards. His original musical TV series, INSIGNIFICANT, is currently being developed by TBS and MGM Studios with Eric Tuchman (Handmaid’s Tale) attached to executive produce. His musical WITNESS UGANDA had its LA premiere at the Wallis, NY premiere at Second Stage, and world premiere at the A.R.T. The album will be released in February 2022 featuring Cynthia Erivo, Ledisi, and Griffin Matthews. Other works include THE FAMILY PROJECT and TWILIGHT IN MANCHEGO (Directed by Billy Porter). A graduate of Boston University, Gould has written and arranged music for theaters around the world. Most importantly, Matt is foster daddy (and hopeful adoptive daddy) to two of the most magnificent young boys the world has ever known.Matt Gould Music
is a choreographer, director, and the artistic director of the feath3r theory and New Brooklyn Theatre. A three-time winner of the Princess Grace Award, Kelly is a current fellow of HERE Arts, and a Creative Associate at The Juilliard School. Over the past decade, he has created 15 evening-length premieres with his company the feath3r theory, as well as choreographing extensively for Off-Broadway theatre. In 2019 he was nominated for the Lucille Lortel and Chita Rivera Awards for Outstanding Choreography. He also garnered a 2018 Breakout Award from the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation, DANCE MAGAZINE's inaugural Harkness Promise Award (2018), and the Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography (2016). Kelly was born in Fort Hood, Texas and holds a B.A. in Dance and English from Connecticut College.Raja Feather Kelly Choreography
received the 2019 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Director of a Musical for HADESTOWN. She is a director, writer and dramaturg, as well as the founding Artistic Director of Brooklyn-based ensemble the TEAM. Selected freelance work: NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 (Ars Nova, A.R.T., Broadway); THE ROYALE (Old Globe, Lincoln Center); SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS (Ars Nova, Off-Broadway, national tour) and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac. In addition to her awards for HADESTOWN, Chavkin is a recipient of a Tony Award nomination for Best Direction of a Musical, three Obie Awards, a Drama Desk Award, multiple Lortel Award nominations, two Doris Duke Impact Award nominations and the 2017 Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity along with Dave Malloy, with whom she is working on an upcoming adaptation of MOBY DICK (A.R.T., Dec 2019.)Rachel Chavkin Direction
The Mandell Weiss Theatre is a 492-seat proscenium arch theatre, with two front rows of removable seats allowing for a greater stage length. The theatre also maintains an upstairs wooden deck for parties, receptions and outdoor gatherings, and a small outdoor amphitheatre for pre-show entertainment.
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