From child prodigy to black-clad priestess of piano, Clara Schumann spent six decades in the spotlight, dazzling 19th-century European audiences. Today, however, she is often relegated to the footnotes—merely mentioned as the wife of German Romantic composer Robert Schumann or close friend of Johannes Brahms. This new musical by Princeton theater and music senior Leila Abou-Jaoude ’22 considers Clara’s place in music history. Detailing her career, correspondences, and compositions, the musical traces her development as an artist and woman. What does it take to restore Clara to renown? Directed by Princeton junior Anna Allport.

Part of the Program in Theater’s New Works Festival, produced by Shariffa Ali.

Content warning: This production contains discussions and depictions of suicide.

Tickets and Details

Performances are free and open to Princeton students, faculty and staff. First come first served, no tickets required. PU ID required; attendees must sign-in and enter New South at the main entrance to the building facing Spelman Hall (North Entrance).

Get directions to the New South Acting Studio, room 110 at New South.

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COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

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