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Bartok's Monster

Daedalus Quartet with Sebastienne Mundheim & Pig Iron School

January 21, 2024
Harold Prince Theatre
PLA Presents

Second show added due to popular demand!

Inspired by Avoid the Day: A New Nonfiction in Two Movements by Jay Kirk

The "insightful and vibrant" (The New York Times) Daedalus Quartet returns to our stage with Bartok’s Monster, a collaboration with Dan Rothenberg, Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company, and Sebastienne Mundheim, Founder/Artistic Director of White Box Theatre. A musical investigation into a missing string quartet, this world premiere program by Penn’s exceptional quartet-in-residence takes inspiration from Penn English professor Jay Kirk’s Avoid the Day: A New Nonfiction in 2 Movements, a book Gideon Lewis-Kraus described as "a vividly funny Gothic picaresque...and a dark, self-consuming act of memoiristic alchemy."

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Bartok's Monster is a co-presentation with Bowerbird and the Pig Iron School.

Support for Bartok's Monster has been provided by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation and the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

Photo credits:
1: Gene Smirnov
2-3: Lisa-Marie Mazzucco