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History of Tears
New York University Tisch School of the Arts

February 17-20 and 22-26

Michael has co-created a play with music along with director Nick Phillippou and writer Michael Tisdale entitled, "The History of Tears". The experimental piece is an adaptation of Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther", an 18th century German Romantic novel of youth love, loss and suicide.

The work is being performed by undergraduates at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts on Feb 17-20 and 22-26 @ 8 and one matinee on the 26th at 2pm.

"The Sorrows of Young Werther Opens at NYU's Tisch with Music by Michael Cerveris"
Tony Winner Cerveris Lends Original Music to NYU's The History of Tears
Playbill Online
February 15, 2005
By Ernio Hernandez

Michael Cerveris — Assassins Tony Award winner and frontman for his eponymous rock band — provides music for The History of Tears, a new take on a classic Goethe work.

The play with music is set to perform at the Abe Burrows Theater in New York University's Tisch School of the Arts through Feb. 26.

Based on three works — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther," Roland Barthes' "The Lovers Discourse" and Joseph R. Roach's "The Players' Passion" — the new adaptation is conceived and directed by The Art Party co-founder Nick Philipou (The Booth Variations) and written by Michael Tisdale (actor in Fräulein Else).

The History of Tears is billed as an "experimental drama [that] concerns the themes of youth, love, loss, and suicide, performed by students at the university and with a live rock band performing Cerveris' original compositions."

The design team features Shaun Motley (scenic), Lex Liang (costumes), Liz Tyler Brody (lighting), David Herman (sound) and Marilys Ernst (video/projections). Bethany Weinstein serves as stage manager and Ryan Mekenian is assistant director.

Last season, Cerveris won the Tony Award for his turn as Booth in Assassins. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Wintertime and Fifth of July and also earned a Tony Award nomination for his Broadway debut as the title role in The Who's Tommy. Other stage credits include Passion, Titanic and the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. His latest album of original songs "Dog Eared" is currently available in stores.

Reservations for the two-week engagement of The History of Tears at the Burrows Theater, 721 Broadway, and more information are available by calling (212) 998-1860.


February 18, 2005
by BWW News Desk

Tony-winner Michael Cerveris has written music for Nick Philipou (The Art Party) and Michael Tisdale's adaptation of Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther. The new play with music receives its premiere at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in the Burrows Theater. The experimental drama concerns the themes of youth, love, loss, and suicide, performed by students at the university and with a live rock band performing Cerveris' original compositions.

The show plays from February 17-20, and February 22-26 at 8pm, and on February 26 at 2pm at the Abe Burrows Theatre on 721 Broadway. For reservations and more information, call 212-998-1860.

Michael Cerveris, who recently won a Tony Award for his portrayl of John Wilkes Booth in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's Assassin, was also Tony-nominated for her performance in the title role of The Who's Tommy, a part he also played for two years in Germany. Cerveris originated the role of architect Thomas Andrews in the Tony-winning musical Titanic and also appeared onstage in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Total Eclipse, Abingdon Square, Life Is a Dream and the Kennedy Center and Ravinia Festival mountings of Passion.


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