Piano: Eugene Gwozdz
Synthesizer: Joe Mohan
MP Kuo/Scott Lehrer: Sound Design
Reviews from Edinburgh Fringe
Edinburgh Fringe Festival – August 2023
MCO Development Management is delighted to announce that A MIRRORED MONET was produced and premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2023. With an all Scottish creative team and cast.
Based on letters, articles, diaries of Monet and other artists and writers of the period.
Paris, 1916. The painter Claude Monet struggles to complete his government commission, The Water Lilies. Esteemed his greatest work, to him it means regular deliveries of food, fuel, wine, and cigarettes – hard to find during the war. He is suffering a creative block, and worrying that unless he can paint as before, the lifeline of deliveries will cease. He searches for answers, taking us back to his young artist days in late 19th century Paris with his compatriots Renoir, Manet, and his model and first wife, Camille Doncieux. Similar to 2023, Monet lived in a world shot through with violence and chaos, at war with itself and everyone in it.
In this dramatic musical by composer/lyricist/dramatist Carmel Owen, the audience finds Monet in his Giverny artist’s studio working on what will become his greatest series of paintings. As the front line of WWI advances, the artist escapes to his memories and we are transported through the cafés and salons of late 19th century Paris. With a story based on letters and diaries of Monet and his contemporaries, the Emerald Theatre will transform with beautiful music and projections of the era to transport audiences to France’s Belle Epoque.
A Mirrored Monet is a work some years in development but is receiving its premier production at Greenside’s Emerald Theatre at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2023. The script received a first reading in April 2022 at the Dramatists’ Guild Foundation in New York City, and its premiere production in Edinburgh will be led by a Scottish creative team and cast.
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
A MIRRORED MONET was produced and premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2023. With an all Scottish creative team and cast. Directed by Fraser Grant, with the incredible participation of American Broadway actor Matthew Hzidik. All photos by David Gray.
Dramatists’ Guild Foundation
A MIRRORED MONET had its first public reading at the new Dramatists’ Guild Foundation’s Music Hall. Stuart Ross directed the 29 hour reading with a group of marvelous actors led by Mark Jacoby (Monet at 76), Matt Hydzik (Young Monet), Allie Trimm (Camille), George Dvorsky (Marquis) Jeanne Lehman (Aunt Elise and Narrator), Tom Rhoads (Bazille and Paul Durand-Ruel), Donnie Kehr (Manet), Akron Watson (Renoir), Cecilia Tripped (Blanche and Suzanne), Pomme Koch (Leroy). Music direction was by Joe Mohan, assisted by Matt Liu.
A reading was held March 8th, 2019 at the York Theatre in New York City. Music and lyrics were by Carmel Owen and book by Joan Ross Sorkin. Direction was by Alan Paul, music direction by Eugene Gwozdz, associate music direction by Joe Mohan, projections by Lacey Erb and lighting by Lucrecia Bricano. The cast included Ken Clark, Peter Cormican, George Dvorsky, Jeanne Lehman, Jamie LaVerdiere, Maurice Murphy, Tom Rhoads, Danielle Erin Rhodes, Alexandra Silber and Price Waldman.