Loneliness, Death and Passion onstage in The Violin Maker.
The Violin Maker, a unique love story, will be performed at the Jewel Box Theater in New York City as part of the Midtown International Theatre Festival.
The play by Roark Littlefield stars Joseph Palazzo and Danielle Ma as two passionate lovers who, as death approaches, are forced to consider that one of them may have always existed only in the mind of the other.
Performances are July 30 at 6pm, Aug 3 at 8:15pm and Aug 4 at 2pm. The Jewel Box Theater is at 312 W. 36th St. in Manhattan.
The Violin Maker was a finalist at the 2013 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival in New Orleans. Playwright and director Roark Littlefield said that the inspiration for the play came from a scene in the film Citizen Kane in which an old man recalls a young girl he glimpsed in his youth, a girl who never saw him but whom he remembered fondly his entire life. Littlefield said he wanted to stage “the unsung and often unbearable human longing for love we have all felt in our lives.”
Joseph Palazzo, a New York actor who stars as Simon, was recently seen as Warren Straub in This is Our Youth at the Producer’s Club and as Max in Broadway Jayne at the Theatre for a New City. Danielle Ma, who co-stars as Amy, has been featured in many New York theatrical productions and recently played Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.
Littlefield’s previous directing credits include Twelfth Night, Uncle Vanya and Hedda Gabler. He also co-founded the Experimental Shakespeare Company in Toledo, Ohio. The Violin Maker is his first work as a playwright.
The play portrays adult themes and is not suitable for minors. For more information visit The Violin Maker.