The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz by Armin Wiebe

2010/2011 Season

A tumult of conflicting desires is ignited when Obrum brings home a broken piano, poison ivy, and a would-be Beethoven instead of a washing machine.

Wanted: Love, A Washing Machine, Babies and Artistic Fulfillment
Reward: A musical folk play that will lift you from bread dough in the pan up to white clouds in the sky

Written by Armin Wiebe • Directed by Kim McCaw

Lighting Designer: Hugh Conacher
Set/Costume Designer: Brian Perchaluk
Music Director/Sound Designer: Greg Lowe
Dialect Coach: Shannon Vickers
Stage Manager: Sheena Sanderson
Assistant Stage Manager: Lisa Nelson
Props: Elana Honcharuk
Wardrobe: Maureen Petkau
Tom Keenan: Obrum Kehler
Eric Nyland: Beethoven Blatz
Tracy Penner: Susch Kehler
Daria Puttaert: Teen

April 7–17, 2011
Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne

Armin Wiebe has brought Gutenthal to the stage! A comic ‘folk play’ with a classical music base, The Moonlight Sonata of Beethoven Blatz follows a farm wife, a carpenter, a midwife, and a musician as they struggle to find fulfillment of their seemingly impossible wantings, drawing on the means at hand on a homestead removed from the stifling customs of the village.

“Armin Wiebe does for Gutenthal…what Stephen Leacock did for Mariposa and its inhabitants. The results are similarly uproarious and touching, side-splittingly anarchic and wistful.”
—Patrick Dunn for CM Magazine

Armin Wiebe is celebrated for his beloved, lexicon expanding Gutenthal novels The Salvation of Yasch Siemens, Murder in Gutenthal & The Second Coming of Yeeat Schpanst. He is also the winner of the McNally Robinson Manitoba Book of the Year Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction for his novel Tatsea.

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