By the Music of the Spheres

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February 24 – March 16, 2003 In the Owen
Approximate running time: 2 hours and 11 minutes

A world premiere and Goodman Theatre commission

It is the aftermath of the American Civil War and the country is in the throes of Reconstruction. Freedom has been written into the law, but it has not yet been written into men’s hearts. And so it is that two deaf siblings, one the white daughter of a plantation owner, the other her half-brother and son of a slave, find themselves held against their will in a New York insane asylum. There, they meet Ellenore, an outspoken heiress also imprisoned against her will by her money-hungry husband. Together, they fight for freedom and dignity in the face of unspeakable torment, an alliance of outcasts who dance not to the tune of their masters, but to their own inner song—the music of the spheres.

Goodman Resident Director Chuck Smith directs this world premiere by Chicago playwrights Carson Becker and David Barr.

Photos
  • By the Music of the Spheres Production Photos
    Pictured are (front) Nicholas (Fred Michael Beam) and Daniel Bryant in the Goodman Theatre's world premiere of By the Music of the Spheres, part of the 2002/03 season.

  • By the Music of the Spheres Production Photos
    Pictured are deaf siblings Nicholas (l, Fred Michael Beam) and his sister Katherine (Antoinette Abbamonte) in the Goodman Theatre's world premiere of By the Music of the Spheres, part of the 2002/03 season.

  • By the Music of the Spheres Production Photos
    Pictured are minstrel performers (l-r Daniel Bryant, Tania Richard and Freeman Coffey in the Goodman Theatre's world premiere of By the Music of the Spheres, part of the 2002/03 season.

  • By the Music of the Spheres Production Photos
    Deaf siblings Nicholas (l, Fred Michael Beam) and his sister Katherine (Antoinette Abbamonte) answer Doctor Newholm's questions (r, John Lordan) with the help of Ellenore (far right, Arlene Malinowski) as Thomas (Troy West) looks on in the Goodman Theatre's world premiere of By the Music of the Spheres, part of the 2002/03 season.

  • By the Music of the Spheres Production Photos
    Pictured are Katherine (l, Antoinette Abbamonte) and Ellenore (Arlene Malinowski) in the Goodman Theatre's world premiere of By the Music of the Spheres, part of the 2002/03 season.

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