In Jon Marans' Old Wicked Songs, the time is 1986 in a Vienna music studio. The characters are two men: one, an aging European music professor, technically precise and anti-Semitic; the other, a young, arrogant piano prodigy, brilliant, passionate, and an American Jew. Each has an ax to grind and personal demons to slay. With only their burning obsession for music as their bond, the two meet -- and collide.
This Pulitzer Prize nominated play is a fiercely moving exploration of art, guilt, compassion, identity and human understanding, laced with laughter and the beautiful music of Robert Schumann.