33 Variations

The play simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations and the journey of a musicologist, Katherine Brandt, to discover the meaning behind why Beethoven was compelled to write thirty-three distinct variations on a simple theme by a minor music publisher. The progression of her ALS and her relationship with her daughter are also themes of the story, as is Beethoven’s growing deafness.

Directed By:

Emily Miller

Stage Manager:

Angelle Whavers


  • Adele Batchelder as Dr. Katherine Brandt
  • John Bergeron as Anton Diabelli
  • Tim Liu as Mike Clark
  • Pierce V. Lo as Anton Schindler
  • Joe McCaig as Beethoven
  • Emily Miller as Clara Brandt
  • Lynette Sheard as Dr. Gertrude Ladenburger

Stage Directions: Angelle Whavers