PROVINCETOWN TW THEATER FESTIVAL

Produced by Pine Curtain Productions *

Premiered 2012

The poems of Rainer Maria Rilke and

Tennessee Williams

This production originated in Minnesota, and after its premiere in Provincetown it toured to Mississippi in 2013 and Berlin in 2015.

 

In this moving song cycle by George Mauer, I imagined a meeting between Williams and Rilke. Music creates an interplay between the 19th century German poet and a 20th century American playwright, using only the indelible words in their poems.

 

Autumn Song begins in 1940 with a young Williams struggling with writer’s block, suffering the cruel pain of unrequited love in Provincetown. He turns to Rilke for insight, and by the final song, poetry unlocks Williams’ inspiration.

 

Maurer sets the words of the world-renowned writers to soaring jazz, gospel and art song that liberate the soul.

TEAM

Music | George Maurer

Lighting | Chuck Norwood

Costumes | Clare Brauch

Sound | Scott Malchow 

Story & Direction | Jef Hall-Flavin

CAST

Rilke | Dieter Bierbrauer

Williams | Jared Oxborough

MUSICIANS

Piano | George Maurer

Bass & Vocals | Jeff Engholm

Cello | Diane Tremaine

Woodwinds | Rich Manek

Percussion | Pete Hennig

And when the world no longer knows your name

Say to the silent earth: I’m flowing

Speak to the rushing water and say: I AM

            - Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus I.xxix

* This production is available for booking

  • To the Beloved
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  • Maurer / Rainer Maria Rilke
00:00 / 00:00
  • Orpheus (Sonnet I.v)
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  • Maurer / Rainer Maria Rilke
00:00 / 00:00
  • The Panther
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  • Maurer / Rainer Maria Rilke
00:00 / 00:00
  • Across the Space
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  • Maurer / Tennessee Williams
00:00 / 00:00
  • Request
  • -
  • Maurer / Tennessee Williams
00:00 / 00:00
  • Covenant
  • -
  • Maurer / Tennessee Williams
00:00 / 00:00

WHAT PEOPLE SAID

[CHERRY AND SPOON - MINNEAPOLIS]
[COLUMBUS DISPATCH - MISSISSIPPI]

© 2019 by Jef Hall-Flavin