FOR THE LOVE OF ALMA MAHLER

by Wendy Beckett

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FOR THE LOVE OF ALMA MAHLER

by Wendy Beckett

A unique theatre/music hybrid about the life and times of composer Gustav Mahler and his legendary wife Alma.

The play, set in Vienna, is an accurate historical account of the period in which Mahler met and married Alma Schindler, a bold young woman with a sparkling intellect. It shows the inner struggles and profound inspiration of a musical career and marriage, as Alma dedicates herself to her husband, sacrifices her own career for the sake of his, but still manages to transform herself into a woman of substance.

The play is designed to include songs and symphonies of Gustav Mahler as well as compositions by Alma Mahler. The music does not merely underlie the drama, but rather stands on its own, alone and magnificent, yet integral to the overall structure of the theatrical work.

"Wendy Beckett, writer/director of the play Mahler, is a playwrights’ director and a director’s playwright.”—Sydney Morning Herald