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Fire and Air has launched a fundraiser campaign for Piecing Together Pauline at Indiegogo here: PTP Fundraiser. Here is the video ad:
Fire and Air received their venue and performance times for the 2012 Fringe:
Venue: Tarragon Main Space
1. Thursday, July 5, 2012 – 8:15pm – 9:45pm
2. Saturday, July 7, 2012 – 5:15pm – 6:45pm
3. Sunday, July 8, 2012 – 10:00pm – 11:30pm
4. Tuesday, July 10, 2012 – 10:30pm – 12:00am
5. Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
6. Thursday, July 12, 2012 – 7:30pm – 9:00pm
7. Sunday, July 15, 2012 – 5:15pm – 6:45pm
Thank you to everyone who submitted and came out to the auditions. We received an overwhelming amount of submissions and have now cast the show. Details to follow soon…
Fire and Air Productions is producing Piecing Together Pauline by Chris Coculuzzi and Roxanne Deans for the 2012 Toronto Fringe Festival. It will be a 90 minute production. Please submit your resume and headshot to email@example.com.
We appreciate everyone who is interested but only those selected will be contacted for an audition.
Audition: Sunday, April 1st, 7-10pm
Deadline for Submission: Friday, March 30th
Piecing Together Pauline is a historical drama about 19th century opera singer Pauline Garcia Viardot who was the younger sister of opera sensation Maria Malibran and the muse of Russian novelist Ivan Turgenev. The play follows three stories: Pauline as a young artist, Pauline as a middle-aged diva and Pauline as a retired artist whose fame has vanished. The cast of characters include such historical figures as George Sand and Chopin, Maria Malibran, Gounod, Berlioz, Turgenev and Ary Scheffer. Note: There is NO singing in the production.
Young Pauline (20): Pauline at the start of her career. She originally wanted to be a concert pianist, but when her famous older sister died at the age of 28, her mother demanded that she give up piano and become a singer. Her artistic choices were seen by connoisseurs as innovating but her rivals made sure her roles were few and far between. But she manages to get an opportunity to sing in Russia where she meets a young poet named Ivan Turgenev.
Pauline (35-45): Pauline during her prime. Pauline has made a name for herself in the opera world of Paris, but her apotheosis comes with a revival of Gluck’s Orpheus and Eurydice, arranged by Berlioz. With her success comes a man from her past: composer Charles Gounod who will put her principles to the test.
Madame Viardot (60-70): Pauline as a retired artist. After more than twenty years of performing, Pauline’s voice must retire. Along with her husband and Turgenev, she retires to Germany where she focuses on composing and teaching. But her biggest challenge will come when she is faced with the two most important men in her life dying within months of each other and then being left alone to grow old and see her name disappear.
George (40-50): George Sand, author. The audacious Baroness Dudevant who adopted a male name and dressed in male attire to frequent the salon circuit in Paris. She adored Pauline and saw in her the ideal artist. Pauline inspired her most famous novel Consuelo.
Clara (25-35): Clara Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann, Clara was the foremost concert pianist. She and Pauline met when they were both very young, but their lives took different paths: Pauline the path of the career woman and Clara the path of the mother.
Louise (35-40): estranged daughter of Pauline who tends to her in her final days.
Malibran (25-30): Pauline’s older sister, Maria Malibran, known as La Malibran. Pauline is never sure she can emerge beyond her daunting shadow.
Madame Garcia (50): Pauline’s mother who insists she become a singer after the death of Maria.
Louis (40-50): Young Pauline’s/Pauline’s husband who is twenty years her senior and understood that when he married her he was marrying a woman focused on her career. He focuses on his own literary and hunting pursuits. Louis Viardot was the first to translate Don Quixote into French, and with Turgenev he helped to translate a lot of the Russian masters into French.
Viardot (65-75): Madame Viardot’s husband. The same Louis Viardot, only older.
Ivan (30): Ivan Turgenev, Russian novelist who falls in love with Pauline and becomes good friends with Louis and follows the two of them all over Europe. He focuses on trying to bring Russia in line with a more Western European way of thinking.
Turgenev (60): The same Ivan Turgenev, only older.
Scheffer (40-50): Ary Scheffer, painter. Pauline uses Scheffer’s studio to get away from her sister-in-laws and mother-in-law and to practice singing. Scheffer is a father figure/therapist to Pauline.
Gounod (35-40): Charles Gounod, composer. Seeks out Pauline after she reaches success and with her help launches his composing career, but turns on Pauline after his first opera is a bomb.
Chopin (40): Frederic Chopin, composer and virtuoso pianist. Friend to Pauline and Louis and lover of George Sand.
Berlioz (40-50): Hector Berlioz, composer. Like Pauline, finds himself on the outside of the Paris clique. Under his direction, Pauline will reach her apotheosis in Gluck’s Orpheus.
Musset (30): Alfred de Musset, poet, literary critic and libertine who falls in love/lust with Pauline.
Garcia (50): Pauline’s father, the famous tenor Manuel Garcia, whom Rossini wrote the part of Count Almaviva for in The Barber of Seville.