2020/2021 Season

Lempicka

New Musical

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Carson Kreitzer | Music by Matt Gould

Choreography by Raja Feather Kelly | Directed by Rachel Chavkin

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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.


Tamara de Lempicka: Her Art Is Breaking Records, Her Life Is on Its Way to Broadway
» Read more at the NY Observer


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

Cast & Creators
Image of Carson Kreitzer Carson Kreitzer Book/Lyrics

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
Image of Matt Gould Matt Gould Music

is a two-time Richard Rodgers Award winner (2012 and 2014) and Jonathan Larson Award winner. His musical WITNESS UGANDA (a.k.a. INVISIBLE THREAD), written with Griffin Matthews, had its NY premiere at Second Stage Theater and its world premiere at the A.R.T. Other works include THE FAMILY PROJECT for LA’s Center Theatre Group and TWILIGHT IN MANCHEGO (directed by Tony Winner Billy Porter). Gould has written and arranged music for Playwrights Horizons and translated, adapted and directed ROMEO AND JULIET IN PULAAR (Mauritania, West Africa). Gould has performed around the world including Uganda, Mauritania and Japan, and across the US. A graduate of Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, he is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at schools and universities.

Matt Gould Music
Image of Rachel Chavkin Rachel Chavkin Direction

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
  • Raja Feather KellyChoreography
Venue Info

Mandell Weiss Theatre

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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