Following the Australian premiere of Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet this past August, the Tony-nominated composer's Preludes is the next show heading down under. Malloy's Preludes, based on the true story of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, will have its Australian premiere at Sydney's Seymour Centre in November 2020.
The Seymour Centre season also includes the Australian premiere of Ming Peiffer's hit Off-Broadway play Usual Girls. Told through vignettes, Peiffer's play paints an unfiltered and deeply personal portrait of what it means to grow up female and Asian-American. Presented by Green Door Theatre Company, Usual Girls will play a limited run in Sydney next October directed by Courtney Stewart.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Appropriate will also receive its Australian premiere, directed by Craig Baldwin, at the Seymour Centre next summer. Outhouse Theatre Co., which presented Jacobs-Jenkins' Gloria, co-produces.
Written and composed by Malloy, Preludes was seen Off-Broadway in 2015, directed by Tony winner Rachel Chavkin. Through detailing Rachmaninoff’s sessions of hypnotherapy in the wake of a disastrous world premiere, the musical examines how the dramatic and musical process can be used as powerful therapy. The Australian premiere will be directed by Tyran Parke.
“I am so so excited to see Preludes be given new life in this Australian premiere. It's a very personal piece for me, wrestling with all the things it is to be an artist and a human, and the score features my music entwined with Rachmaninoff's work, some of the most romantic and rousing piano music I know," says Malloy. "I couldn’t be more thrilled for this show to be re-imagined at The Seymour Centre in Sydney in the hands of this fantastic creative team.”
Malloy's newest work, Moby-Dick, a musical take on the Herman Melville novel, will kick off its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater beginning December 3. Chavkin directs.