An Artist Inspired by Love: The Correlation Between Robert Schumann’s Music & His Life

By Victoria Isotti, Dramaturg (Three Romances for the Unwell and Otherwise) Robert Schumann (June 8, 1910–July 29, 1856) is said to be one of the greatest Romantic composers of all time. His music was inspired by his own life, each piece growing out of his […]

Turning Historical Figures Into Modern Day Characters: A Conversation with Elena Freck

An interview with the playwright of Three Romances for the Unwell and Otherwise, Elena Freck. Conducted by Victoria Isotti, Dramaturg. Victoria Isotti: What initially drew you to the story of Clara and Robert Schumann? Elena Freck: I grew up as a violinist; I played in […]

IN THE SHADOW OF AN ELECTION: the historical context of Brecht’s The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

“Art is not a mirror held up to realitybut a hammer with which to shape it.”—Bertolt Brecht Written in 1941, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui was created in exile as alarm bells echoed throughout Europe. Playwright Bertolt Brecht had already escaped Germany in 1933, […]