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Arts and Performance

Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical

April 28, 2023May 7, 2023 EDT

Syracuse Stage/Drama Theater Complex

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Book and Lyrics by Sarah Ruhl
Music by Todd Almond
Directed by Daniella Caggiano
Music Directed by Jacob Carll

April 28 – May 7 | Opening Night: April 29

Who says sadness isn’t fun? Certainly not award-winning playwright Sarah Ruhl. In her absurd, sensual, and heartfelt play Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical, Ruhl endows melancholy with aphrodisiac power in the person of Tilly, a bank teller whose lingering sadness attracts everyone around her. So acute is the attraction that when Tilly suddenly finds happiness, she throws the others into despair. One even transforms into an almond. Yes, the nut. It will be up to Tilly to restore her. With characteristic whimsy and nuanced seriousness, Ruhl considers the many different ways to find joy and how sadness is a necessary component of happiness. Cue cello.

This event was first published on September 23, 2022 and last updated on February 23, 2023.

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