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The Other Mozart

AFO Fest


written and performed by Sylvia Milo

directed by Isaac Byrne


October 2013


THE OTHER MOZART is a play about Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus. It tells the true story of this prodigy, a keyboard virtuoso and composer, who

as a child toured through all of Europe performing with her brother, to equal acclaim, but who faded away and left behind nothing of her own. The show is set in, on and underneath its costume: a stunning dress some eighteen feet in diameter, which spills over the entire stage. Original music was composed for instruments Nannerl knew intimately, such as clavichords, music boxes, and bells, as well as teacups, fans, and other ordinary objects that might have captured her imagination. With the opulent beauty of the dress, the sweet smells of perfume, and the clouds of dusting powder rising from the stage, the performance creates a multi-sensual experience and transports the audience into a world of outsized beauty and delight — but also of overwhelming restrictions and prejudice. There, in communion with the audience, this other Mozart at last tells her story.



“Beautiful? The word isn’t adequate. Unique? A cliché. Powerful? Immensely. Emotional? Deeply. Funny and fun.

Sad and desperate. (…) You’re witnessing the full force of a kind of synergy. A perfect storm.

A rich combination of events and talents coming together, resulting in a performance of rare magnitude. "

OA News


“Milo’s performance was spry and witty, turning what could have been simply a revisionist complaint

into a penetrating portrait of the Mozart who might have been.”

The Valley Advocate


“Through Milo’s layered and beautiful performance, brilliant lighting and atmospheric sound design,

Nannerl’s tale is told with heartbreaking beauty.”

New England Entertainment Digest


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SYLVIA MILO (Writer/Performer) Originally from Warsaw, Poland, Sylvia is a graduate of New York University and the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute (assistant to Robert Castle). Former member of the BATS Repertory Company at the Flea Theater in NYC. In New York she has performed at such theaters as the Flea, La Mama, Ontological-Hysteric, Theatre For the New City, and Dixon Place. Among her favorite stage roles: Hamlet in Hamlet – an all-female version of the play, which she adapted and directed herself; Sylvia in Seating Arrangements - co-written by Sylvia, directed by Eric Pold of Gob Squad for the Flea Theatre; Ophelia in The Ophelia Landscape - an experimental production with Mira Furlan at the Mark Morris Center; and Bob Dylan on the streets of New York, in The West Village Fragments by Peculiar Works. Sylvia is also a violinist (playing acoustic and electric violins) and a composer, and she often uses her music skills in acting. She studied classical music in Poland, then jazz at Milton Academy, and at NYU with Mike Richmond, and studied composition with Klaus Sinfelt. Playing in various rock, jazz, avant garde bands, she has performed at NYC venues including Irving Plaza, The Knitting Factory, Galapagos, Webster Hall, CBGB’s and Joe’s Pub. She composed scores for Natasa Trifan dance company at the Merce Cunningham Studio as well as other dance and theater productions, and her solo electric violin score for the play, Cinnamon Moths, was acclaimed in Backstage as “stunning, to say the least”.


ISAAC BYRNE (Director) In New York City, Isaac has directed the premieres of Green, To Nineveh (both at American Place Theatre), Something True (Samuel French Short Play Festival), and co-directed I Used To Write On Walls (Gene Frankel Theater), Diane and The Jessica (The OHIO Theatre as part of SHORT LOVE), and the staged reading of Miss Lily Gets Boned (The LARK)—all by Bekah Brunstetter, Many Worlds by William Borden (The Red Room), Arms and the Octopus by Casey Wimpee (The OHIO Theater as part of fuckplays), Fresh Kills by Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder (at 59E59), Inter Course by Brandon Koebernick (American Place Theatre), Playoff Picture by Paul John Desena (American Place Theatre), and The Cowboy is Dying… (June Havoc), The New Normal by Donnetta Lavinia Grays (June Havoc). He has also directed True West by Sam Sheperd for Curious Frog Company which was performed in an East Village Apt. He developed and directed Desiree Burch’s solo shows, 52 Man Pick Up”(Joe’s Pub, Ars Nova, Edinburg Fringe Festival-Scotland, OHIO Theatre, 59E59, NY Int. Fringe, New Orleans Fringe, Brava Theater-San Francisco) and Tar Baby (Daryl Roth Theater 2, PS122, New Orleans Fringe). To Nineveh was nominated for 9 NY IT Awards and won 6 including Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Production, and Outstanding Original Full Length. A founding member of Working Man’s Clothes Productions, where he served as Artistic Director for four years, Isaac is currently serving as the Artistic Director for the newly formed THEATRE 4 the PEOPLE. With T4TP he has directed A GRIMM REALITY (Co-production with Bryant Park), the shakespeare project (WTD SPLAT) and To Be or Not To Be Canon in D (WTD SPLAT performance) created by Jessica Doherty.


NATHAN DAVIS (Composer, Sound Designer) “writes music that deals deftly and poetically with timbre and sonority” (NYTimes). Commissioned by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Claire Chase, Calder Quartet, Steven Schick, Yarn/Wire, La Jolla Symphony Chorus, Miller Theater, and the Ojai Festival (for Eighth Blackbird and Trimpin). Lincoln Center presented the premiere of Nathan’s landmark work Bells; other performances at Carnegie Hall, The Kitchen, Roulette, LPR, the Stone, the Park Avenue Armory, and in Germany, Finland, Holland, Poland, China, Russia, Canada, and Cuba. Awards from Meet The Composer, Fromm Foundation at Harvard, Copland Fund, Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, MATA, and ASCAP. CDs include The Bright and Hollow Sky, one of TimeOut NY’s top 10 classical albums of 2011. In 2013, Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival and Spoleto Festival USA both feature portrait concerts of his work.


PHYLLIS CHEN (Composer) Praised by the NYTimes for her “delightful quirkiness matched with interpretive sensitivity,” Phyllis is a pianist, toy pianist and a composer (New Music/New Places Fellow at the 2007 Concert Artist Guild International Competition). The featured solo musician in Stephin Merritt’s Off-Broadway musical Coraline, Phyllis is one of the founding members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), as well as the founder of the UnCaged Toy Piano, a composition competition to further expand the repertoire for toy piano. Phyllis attended Oberlin Conservatory as a recipient of the Dean’s Talent Award Scholarship and received a Masters Degree from Northwestern University. Her piece Chimers, based on Papageno’s magic bells from Mozart’s Magic Flute, was premiered at the Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival in 2011, and a program of her music is featured at the festival in 2013.


MAGDALENA  DĄBROWSKA (Costume Designer – Dress) A versatile Polish designer whose projects include fashion, theatrical costumes and set designs, Magdalena is a graduate of Łazarski University in Warsaw and of the Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design. Her designs have been finalists at such prestigious competitions as Oskary Mody, OFF Fashion, and Złota Nitka. She also participated in joint shows organized during the International Millinery Competition in France. She designed costumes for the shows Taksówka, Spacerowicz and Ukryj Mnie w Gałęziach Drzew directed by Igor Gorzkowski for Studio Teatralne KOŁO, and sets for Obchód Teatru, Czyli Kim Jest Wojciech B.? at the National Theatre in Poland. She also runs INNI – a design studio that specializes in one-of-a-kind fashion and costume designs.


MIODRAG GUBERINIC (Costume Designer – Paniers) graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago with MFA in Costume Design. Most recent theater design works include: 10% Nation (Dixon Place); King and I, Amahl And The Night Visitors, Lombardi and Steel Magnolias (Harbor Lights Theater); How Deep Is The Ocean (NYMF); Muzungu (Co-Op Theatre East); Ghost Girl (The Workshop Theatre, NYC); Special (Theatre Row Studios); Where We Were Born and Animals Out of Paper (Steppenwolf Theatre Chicago). He received Norrenbroock Design Award from Northwestern University 2011 and The Merritt award for the best Graduating exhibition from The Goodman theater in Chicago 2011.


JANICE ORLANDI (Movement Style Coach) is a Movement and Period Style Specialist, certified teacher of Williamson Technique and Michael Chekhov Technique, has trained extensively with Ann Bogart, Tina Landau and Siti Company in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition. Trained and co-taught with mentors Loyd Williamson, founder of the Williamson Technique and Richard Schechner founder of Rasaboxes. Artistic Director and Director of Education at Actors Movement Studio Conservatory NYC, she is an Assistant Professor at University of the Arts Philadelphia, and NY Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Her work as an educator, director, actress and movement coach has been seen at Williamstown Theater Festival, State Theater School Denmark, Lindenberg Center for Culture Netherlands, Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, Classic Stage Company, Circle Rep Lab and many others. She is a Founding Member of Expanded Arts Theater Company & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot.


JOSHUA ROSE (Lighting Designer) is a graduate of the stage design program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Joshua resides in New York City and designs lighting for a variety of projects all over the world; from intimate solo shows to full operas, from architectural installations to modern dance. Some designs of note include The Edge of Some World choreographed by Jonathan Fredrickson and premiered in Beijing; The Blue Frog jazz club in Mumbai; A Celebration of Music and Dance with The Limon Dance Company and Simon Bolivar National Youth Choir of Venezuala at Lincoln Center. Recent Designs include Tar Baby by Desiree Burch and La Boheme for The Bronx Opera.


COURTNEY BEDNAROWSKI (Hairstylist) is an emerging, young hairstylist residing in Brooklyn, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Counrtney graduated from the Aveda Institute in 2007 and has since relocated to NYC to further her skill base and experience. In the four years she has been working as a professional, Courtney has styled for countless fashion events, film and theater, print and online publications, and is always designing independent projects and collaborating with alternative artists.

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