Press kit: The Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

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11/06/13: The Pianist of Willesden Lane Extends Run…

The Pianist of Willesden Lane Extends Run at Berkeley Rep Through January 5

Critics call musical narrative “an astonishing tour de force” and “deeply moving”

Berkeley Repertory Theatre announces that The Pianist of Willesden Lane, starring internationally acclaimed pianist Mona Golabek, is extending for an additional four weeks due to resounding praise from audiences and critics alike. A riveting tale of hope and the life-affirming power of music, The Pianist of Willesden Lane will now play through January 5 for an additional 28 performances. The show is adapted and directed by award-winning musician Hershey Felder and based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen. Set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg, the musical drama tells the true story of Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she chronicles the true story of her mother’s survival.

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09/26/13: The Pianist of Willesden Lane Brings Powerful Tale…

The Pianist of Willesden Lane Brings Powerful Tale of Survival to Berkeley Rep

Piano virtuoso Mona Golabek stars in one-woman play directed by acclaimed performer Hershey Felder

Berkeley Repertory Theatre proudly announces The Pianist of Willesden Lane, a one-woman play starring internationally acclaimed pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek. Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Golabek and Lee Cohen, the play is set in Vienna in 1938 and in London during the Blitzkrieg and tells the true story of Golabek’s mother, Lisa Jura, a young Jewish musician whose dreams are interrupted by the Nazi regime. In this poignant show, Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music live as she relates the real-life legacy of her mother’s quest to survive.

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In The Pianist of Willesden Lane, acclaimed pianist and storyteller Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beloved piano music.

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In her one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane, piano virtuoso Mona Golabek transforms into several characters as she recounts her mother’s escape from the Holocaust.

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In The Pianist of Willesden Lane, piano virtuoso and author Mona Golabek transforms into her mother, Lisa Jura, to recount her inspirational story against the backdrop of the Holocaust.

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In her one-woman show The Pianist of Willesden Lane, piano virtuoso Mona Golabek chronicles her mother’s escape from the Holocaust.

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In The Pianist of Willesden Lane, award-winning pianist Mona Golabek plays the piano under a projected image of her parents, Lisa and Michel Golabek.

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In The Pianist of Willesden Lane at Berkeley Rep, Grammy-nominee Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music live as she tells the true story of her mother’s quest to survive.

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In The Pianist of Willesden Lane at Berkeley Rep, Grammy-nominee Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music live as she tells the true story of her mother’s quest to survive.

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In The Pianist of Willesden Lane at Berkeley Rep, Grammy-nominee Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music live as she tells the true story of her mother’s quest to survive.

Photo by Michael Lamont

The Pianist of Willesden Lane press photo

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In The Pianist of Willesden Lane at Berkeley Rep, Grammy-nominee Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music live as she tells the true story of her mother’s quest to survive.

Photo by Michael Lamont

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Who

Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane
By Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Directed and adapted by Hershey Felder

Starring Mona Golabek as Lisa Jura

Creative team

Trevor Hay and Hershey Felder (scenic designers), Jaclyn Maduff (costume designer), Christopher Rynne (lighting designer), Erik Carstensen (sound designer), Andrew Wilder and Greg Sowizdrzal (projection designers)

What

In The Pianist of Willesden Lane, Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she shares her mother’s riveting story of surviving the Nazi regime.

Where

Berkeley Repertory Theatre
Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison Street @ Shattuck, Berkeley, CA 94704

When

Extended through January 5, 2014

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Special events

Low-cost previews

Friday 10/25, Saturday 10/26, and Tuesday 10/29 @ 8pm and Sunday 10/27 @ 7pm

Opening Night

Wednesday 10/30 @ 8pm

Teen Night

Friday 11/1 @ 6:30pm

Repartee

FREE docent talks at 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and free discussions after all matinees

Post-play discussions

Thursday 11/14, Tuesday 11/19, and Friday 12/6 following the performance

Cost

$29–89 (subject to change)

Discounts

  • Half-price tickets available for anyone under 30 years of age
  • $10 discount for students and seniors one hour before curtain
  • Groups of 15 or more, contact 510 647–2918 or groups@berkeleyrep.org

Tix & info

510 647–2949 · berkeleyrep.org

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