Steven Rattazzi as the Philosopher
Haskell King as the Nephew
Andrew Appel, harpsichord
Stage Direction and Adaptation by Erica Gould
Hilarity ensues when Diderot pits a hapless buffoon against a stoic philosopher in his stinging satire about the music business and high society of Enlightenment France.
Step into the dusk of the Ancien Regime, as icons tumble, gossips rumble, and musicians hurl their slings. Arrows fly between the fans of French harmony and Italian melody in this site-specific music-theater piece based on the Philosophe’s play of opposites.
The game of buffoons and Querelle des Bouffons unfold to the seductive airs of Pergolesi, Galuppi, and the great Rameau, whose anniversary year we cap off with this production of Diderot’s witty masterpiece.
All tickets include cafe seating and complimentary vin and pain.
Starring Steven Rattazzi, praised by the New York Times as “an actor of impressive subtlety” and “the cracked comic charm of Peter Sellers”