Set in a rehearsal studio in Vienna, Austria, the seemingly simplistic two-man play is anything but. The storyline follows the relationship between Josef Mashkan, a Viennese music professor, and his new student Stephen Hoffman.
The 25-year-old Jewish pianist was once considered a musical genius, a piano prodigy. However, the young student finds himself frustrated, angry and stuck in a rut as his musical craft suffers from his tendency to overwork.
|Lee Ho-sung (left) and Lee Hyun-ock rehearse a scene from the musical play “Old Wicked Songs.” (Special One Company)|
Through his mentorship, Mashkan hopes to instill the notion that music is both happiness and pain. The play also highlights socio-political tensions: The student-teacher relationship undergoes a number of emotional pangs with the professor continuously slandering Hoffman’s Jewish culture, hinting at Mashkan’s secret past.
The Korean rendition of “Old Wicked Songs” will star Lee Ho-sung and Ahn Seok-hwan as Mashkan and Lee Hyun-ock and Kang Young-seok as Hoffman.
The upcoming production will be staged at the Dongsoong Art Center’s Dongsoong Hall from Sept. 21 to Oct. 23. Ticket prices range from 25,000 won ($23) to 55,000 won and can be purchased online at www.yes24.com. For more information, call 02-6227-0301.
By Julie Jackson (email@example.com)