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Step into the Great Green Room as GOODNIGHT MOON - one of the most iconic children’s books of all time - is brought to life. In this lively musical, Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show. This Theatre for Youth production is perfect for kids ages three and up (and their parents!).

Photos: GOODNIGHT MOON, ZACH Theatre for Youth

Beth Broderick and Anton Nel star in ZACH's 33 VARIATIONS, now live on stage at ZACH Theatre. Below are photos from ZACH's production, currently playing in the new Topfer Theatre. Feel free to share these photos, but be sure to credit Kirk Tuck wherever they appear.

Photos from 33 VARIATIONS

Truman Capote
When Truman Capote published his landmark “nonfiction novel” In Cold Blood in 1966, he was already a celebrated writer and raconteur of more than two decades. But that celebrated work would prove to be his last masterpiece, and his fame became infamy as he spiraled downward through years of alcoholism, drug use and social abandonment.

Truman Capote: The Rise and Fall of a Superstar

Anton Diabelli, lithograph by Josef Kriehuber
In 1819, the Viennese music publisher Anton Diabelli wrote a simple waltz and sent it to 50 of his composer contemporaries, asking each to contribute a variation. They all agreed, except for one, Ludwig van Beethoven, who dismissed the trifle of a piece – which could have been taken for a beer hall dance - as a "cobbler's patch."

The Mystery of the Diabelli Variations

The New York Times says Anton Nel is "an uncommonly elegant pianist."
World-renown concert pianist Anton Nel - winner of the first prize in the 1987 Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall – doesn’t consider himself a child prodigy. That despite the fact that he made his auspicious professional debut at the age of 12 with Ludwig van Beethoven’s “C Major Concerto” with his country's premier ensemble, the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, after only two years of piano studies.

Full Circle: Anton Nel plays Beethoven’s 33 VARIATIONS at ZACH ...

Inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven's eponymous work, the Diabelli Variations, playwright Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project, I Am My Own Wife) penned the hit Broadway play 33 Variations, which makes its Texas debut this month at ZACH Theatre. Featuring an all-star cast headed by Beth Broderick (from TV’s Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and featuring world-renown concert pianist Anton Nel, the Tony Award-winning play simultaneously examines the creative process behind Beethoven's Diabelli Variations and the world of a musicologist trying to repair a difficult relationship with her daughter.

About the Play: 33 VARIATIONS at ZACH Theatre