A dark, fractured fable about one man's descent into the abyss of madness at the hands of a loveless society.

Desperate for money to support his fledgling family, an army officer submits to medical experimentation for cash. As the experiments drive him to the edge, Georg Büchner’s eponymous play asks “Is there really any difference between man and beast?” This Chicago premiere of Tom Waits’ alt-chamber opera features a new orchestration by acclaimed jazz pianist Carl Kennedy.

Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
Production Design Funding Provided by Clayton & Rachel Mobley 

No Intermission

Based on the Play by Georg Büchner
Music and Lyrics by Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Original Concept by Robert Wilson
Original Text Version by Anne Christin Rommen and Wolfgang Wiens

Cast

Woyzeck

Jonathan Wilson

Andres / Marie

Christina Pecce

Doctor / Margaret

Michelle Jasso

Drum Major / Captain

Matthew Peckham

Instrumentalists

Reed Player
Low Brass (Nov 21, 23)
Josh Torry
Low Brass (Nov 14, 16)
Percussion
Reed Flygt

Artistic Team

Music Director
Orchestrator / Keyboard
Carl Kennedy
Stage Director
Movement Director
Natalja Aicardi
Dramaturg
Kevin Byrne
Production Designer
Lighting Designer
Stage Manager
Jon Ravenscroft
Assistant Costumer
Kristine 'Kat' Anderson
Assistant Costumer
Meagan Beattie

Media

Photography by Wendy Alas
Supported by The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation