Moises Kaufman, Musicologist?

Playwright Moises Kaufman takes a pause from writing about gay martyrs and casts Jane Fonda in a drama about Beethoven and musical obsession -- 33 Variations .

BY Robert Hilferty

March 03 2009 12:00 AM ET

33 VARIATIONS SAMANTHA MATHIS COLIN HANKS X390 (JOAN MARCUS) | ADVOCATE.COM

Did you have any epiphanies about the variations, how they
came about?

Well, I'm not a musicologist, but a musicologist of "The
Diabelli Variations." An expert. The hypothesis that
Katherine comes up with at the end of the play -- that
Beethoven's variations are a way of slowing down time -- is an
original musicological hypothesis.

Your very own?

Yes. Kinderman says it's valid. By the way, you don't have to
know music to enjoy this play.

You probably turn people on to music, press their curiosity
button.

The recording by Diane Walsh, who plays snippets of the piece
during the show, is selling like crazy each night.

How was working with Jane Fonda?

Fabulous. She's fantastic and a genius. She's incredibly kind
and incredibly generous.

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