Monsieur Chopin

Monsieur Chopin

Monsieur Chopin

The Music of Fryderyk Chopin
Book by Hershey Felder
Directed by Joel Zwick
A co-production with Eighty-Eight Entertainment
Special Presentation · Thrust Stage
July 25–August 10, 2014
Encore Presentation · Thrust Stage
September 16–21, 2014

Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes, no intermission

You’ve seen Hershey Felder as George Gershwin on the hot streets of 1920s New York. You’ve seen him on the conductor’s podium revealing Maestro Leonard Bernstein’s heart. Now come back with Hershey to Paris in 1848…to a work of love and art and the place where his soul resides, in the depths of Chopin’s music. In his passionate portrayal of the “Poet of the Piano,” Hershey reveals the beloved and romantic composer’s secrets about his creations—and the secrets he carried to his grave—against a gorgeous, lush score of more than a dozen compositions. Come back with Hershey to meet the mysterious Monsieur Chopin. “[Felder] carries a rapt audience along on a wave of true, powerful, and wordless passion,” declares the Boston Globe.

Creative team

Hershey Felder · Playwright
Joel Zwick · Director
Trevor Hay · Associate Director / Production Stage Manager
Erik Carstensen · Sound Design / Production Manager / Production Stage Manager
Samantha F. Voxakis · General Manager / Co-Producer
Yael Pardess · Scenic Design
Richard Norwood · Lighting Design
John Boesche & Andrew Wilder · Projection Design
Benjamin Furiga · Original Sound Design
Matt Marsden · Technical Advisor
Jeffrey Kallberg, PhD · Production Consultant


Hershey Felder

“The acclaimed playwright-performer is back at Berkeley Rep with a one-man show devoted to Chopin…Briskly directed by Joel Zwick, Chopin blends music and anecdote, history and humor, as Felder, in character as Chopin throughout, recounts the story—or, at least, hits the highs and lows…from the Polish composer’s birth, in 1810 near Warsaw, to his death, at age 39, in Paris…Music is the constant thread, a lifelong passion that produced some of the most dazzling solo piano works ever written…When Felder turns to the piano, Monsieur Chopin is enchanting. As the evening drew to a close, Felder played the composer’s great Polonaise in A-Flat Major, bringing out the work’s Romantic sensitivity and rhythmic drive. In moments like that, genius seemed an apt description.”—San Jose Mercury News / Bay Area News Group

“The solo show-concert is in the same league, perhaps even better, than his equally beguiling, similarly formatted presentations on George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein…Felder masterfully mixes history, anecdotes and emotion throughout.”—San Francisco Examiner

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Meet the Monsieur

Hershey Felder gives us a glimpse of Monsieur Chopin.