Viktoriya Papayani is a classical pianist, who after graduating from Manhattan School of Music with Master’s degree in Piano Performance, was drawn to studying acting. She has been a part of numerous theatrical productions. Among her most memorable experiences are Othello (Desdemona), The Taming of the Shrew (Kate) and Baal (where she was featured as an actress and a pianist). For a long time Viktoriya has wanted to connect the two worlds that are dear to her heart – the world of classical music and the world of theatre – into one story. When she read a wonderful book about Clara Schumann by Nancy B. Reich, Viktoriya decided to write a one–woman play about Clara and her extraordinary life journey, with the encouragement from her dear friend Schnele Wilson and husband Kalle Toivio. Clara Schumann is among a few well known female composers and her story is important and truly fascinating. We need to learn more about inspiring women, in a male-dominated profession.
Clara; Confessions is a one-woman play about a legendary 19th century German pianist and composer Clara Schumann. Raised by an ambitious father, who was her piano teacher and manager Clara Wieck became a child sensation, a superstar. In many ways her father, Friederick Wieck, was a visionary, who despised preconceptions and prejudices against women. He saw her as a great artist. He wanted to give her the world. Only… he denied her love.
Among Wieck’s many students there was a very talented young composer, whose name was Robert Schumann. Clara and Robert became very close friends, and later they fell in love. Clara’s father was completely against their marriage and did everything in his power to separate the young lovers. After years of separation and suffering Clara and Robert finally got married. Can Clara find the happiness she longed for with her genius, mentally ill husband? He gave her love, but will he give her the world? Come and see…. Oh, and did I mention that Clara Schumann used to be on German money, when Deutsche Mark was the German currency? Yes, she is THAT important.
In this play Viktoriya will combine acting with playing the piano.
Clara; Confessions: is part of the NY SummerFest at The Hudson Theatre Guild, 441 West 26 Street (between 9th and 10th Avenues). Performances are July 16th at 9pm, the 18th at 9pm and the 21st at 6pm.