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Susquehanna University Brings “Amadeus” to the Stage

Published on September 17, 2012

The Department of Theatre at Susquehanna University will present “Amadeus,” a TonySusquehanna Theatre Department Award-winner for best play and Academy Award-winner for best film, as its fall play Sept. 27 through 30.

Directed by W. Douglas Powers, associate professor of theatre, “Amadeus” will be an adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s 1979 play, which provides a fictionalized account of the life of composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri.

“The show, while about historical figures, is fiction. It is not so much about Mozart as it is about the idea of Mozart: genius. The conflict, therefore, is genius versus mediocrity,” Powers said.

The play, which features music from Mozart, Salieri and other composers of the time, centers around Mozart’s brilliant yet childish ways, as well as Salieri’s intense jealousy of his success.

Samuelfrench.comsays of “Amadeus,” “This provocative work weaves a confrontation between mediocrity and genius into a tale of breathtaking dramatic power.”

Powers said the audience “can expect a well-written play performed on a professional level.”

Performances will take place in the Degenstein Center Theater at 8 p.m. Sept. 27 through 30, and at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30. Tickets are free for Susquehanna students, $7 for non-Susquehanna students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased by visiting the campus box office, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m., or calling 570-372-ARTS.

Karen M. Jones


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