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My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« on: January 20, 2021, 09:18:53 PM »
On Saturday, January 23, 2021, 7pm ET, the Zoom-based online Variations on a Theme Called COVID. Theater Company will present the first public reading of my play "Capriccio Radio" over Facebook. The subject of this play is a classical radio station under pressure to improve its financial performance, and more broadly the survival of classical music at a time when it is becoming increasingly marginalized. I will provide a link once it's available, and the play will also be saved for later viewing on YouTube.

No play of mine has undergone so lengthy an evolution as "Capriccio Radio." On and off over the past ten years, the play has steadily been reshaped and tightened, dating from an early draft of 25000 words/120 pages in 2011 to its present lean form of 18000 words/85 pages.

More to the point, no play I have written means as much to me. As someone who, like my characters Noah and Sylvan, once planned to become a composer, I have remained deeply involved in classical music as a pianist, writer, and concert-goer for some 60 years. And while there have been a small number of other plays about classical music - Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus," Terrence McNally's "Master Class," Ronald Harwood's "Quartet," Michael Hollinger's "Opus," Itamar Moses's "Bach at Leipzig" among them - each focuses on a particular composer or performer, and I believe "Capriccio Radio" is the only play that treats its subject in the larger context described above.

I am truly delighted by my cast, selected from numerous fine candidates from New York, New Jersey, and Texas, and all of whom have shown both exceptional talent and a remarkable dedication to this playwright's vision. You will see:

Bryon Azoulay as James Godfrey
Laura Coccimiglio as Roberta Siegel
Tom Ciorciari as Sylvan Phillips
Jonathan Minchew-Gonzalez as Claude Feierstein
Marco Cunha as Ed Ramsey
Ginny Stahlman Crooks as Lydia Morolla
Tyler Holmes as Noah Brock
Alice Rhoades as Jackie and Stage Direction Reader

The script has also received several gratifying reviews on New Play Exchange and elsewhere:

“A loving and incisive look inside the box to see what makes the music come out, and the characters are just as you'd imagine in the world where money and culture clash. But in this case, the storytelling and the action make beautiful music together.” -
Philip Middleton Williams on New Play Exchange

“The clash between high art and commerce is played out with unabashed ardor in this thought-provoking play. The characters, many of them on the downhill side of middle age, struggle to preserve their dignity (and livelihoods) in a brave new world that no longer values their intelligence or accrued knowledge. A great piece for a theatre company with seasoned, older actors, ‘Capriccio Radio’ will speak to a cultured audience that feels its tastes have been relegated to dinosaur status.” -
Robert Weibezahl on NPX

“'Capriccio Radio' is Rinkel at his most passionate.” -
Doug DeVita, on NPX

“An excruciatingly human look at those of us who have dedicated our lives to a dying art form and are finding it difficult to reconcile integrity with accessibility.” -
Alex Perez, on NPX

"Bracingly intelligent, and speaks to your experience in and knowledge of the theatre and effective stagecraft." -
Brian Reinhart, classical music critic for the Dallas Observer and MusicWeb International.

So please come! I think you're in for an enjoyable theatrical experience, with some exceptional acting!
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Re: My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2021, 08:30:52 AM »
On Saturday, January 23, 2021, 7pm ET, the Zoom-based online Variations on a Theme Called COVID. Theater Company will present the first public reading of my play "Capriccio Radio" over Facebook. The subject of this play is a classical radio station under pressure to improve its financial performance, and more broadly the survival of classical music at a time when it is becoming increasingly marginalized. I will provide a link once it's available, and the play will also be saved for later viewing on YouTube.

No play of mine has undergone so lengthy an evolution as "Capriccio Radio." On and off over the past ten years, the play has steadily been reshaped and tightened, dating from an early draft of 25000 words/120 pages in 2011 to its present lean form of 18000 words/85 pages.

More to the point, no play I have written means as much to me. As someone who, like my characters Noah and Sylvan, once planned to become a composer, I have remained deeply involved in classical music as a pianist, writer, and concert-goer for some 60 years. And while there have been a small number of other plays about classical music - Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus," Terrence McNally's "Master Class," Ronald Harwood's "Quartet," Michael Hollinger's "Opus," Itamar Moses's "Bach at Leipzig" among them - each focuses on a particular composer or performer, and I believe "Capriccio Radio" is the only play that treats its subject in the larger context described above.

I am truly delighted by my cast, selected from numerous fine candidates from New York, New Jersey, and Texas, and all of whom have shown both exceptional talent and a remarkable dedication to this playwright's vision. You will see:

Bryon Azoulay as James Godfrey
Laura Coccimiglio as Roberta Siegel
Tom Ciorciari as Sylvan Phillips
Jonathan Minchew-Gonzalez as Claude Feierstein
Marco Cunha as Ed Ramsey
Ginny Stahlman Crooks as Lydia Morolla
Tyler Holmes as Noah Brock
Alice Rhoades as Jackie and Stage Direction Reader

The script has also received several gratifying reviews on New Play Exchange and elsewhere:

“A loving and incisive look inside the box to see what makes the music come out, and the characters are just as you'd imagine in the world where money and culture clash. But in this case, the storytelling and the action make beautiful music together.” -
Philip Middleton Williams on New Play Exchange

“The clash between high art and commerce is played out with unabashed ardor in this thought-provoking play. The characters, many of them on the downhill side of middle age, struggle to preserve their dignity (and livelihoods) in a brave new world that no longer values their intelligence or accrued knowledge. A great piece for a theatre company with seasoned, older actors, ‘Capriccio Radio’ will speak to a cultured audience that feels its tastes have been relegated to dinosaur status.” -
Robert Weibezahl on NPX

“'Capriccio Radio' is Rinkel at his most passionate.” -
Doug DeVita, on NPX

“An excruciatingly human look at those of us who have dedicated our lives to a dying art form and are finding it difficult to reconcile integrity with accessibility.” -
Alex Perez, on NPX

"Bracingly intelligent, and speaks to your experience in and knowledge of the theatre and effective stagecraft." -
Brian Reinhart, classical music critic for the Dallas Observer and MusicWeb International.

So please come! I think you're in for an enjoyable theatrical experience, with some exceptional acting!


Wonderful, and bravo! Count me in!
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

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Re: My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2021, 04:51:42 PM »
Wonderful, and bravo! Count me in!

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Re: My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2021, 12:14:09 AM »
Congratulations!

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Re: My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« Reply #4 on: January 22, 2021, 04:06:26 PM »
Can't make the Zoom, but I'd like to see it. Will you please inform us when it's up on YouTube?
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Re: My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2021, 04:52:28 PM »
As Seen on Facebook:

Some here may remember the first public reading this past January of my full-length play "Capriccio Radio." After some revisions but largely with the same cast, the play will be seen [this] month at the online Rogue Theater Festival. First date will be July 23, 6-8pm et, but the play will be available on demand between July 26-August 1. Tickets: $15 at www.roguetheaterfestival.com. Direct ticket links:
Initial Streaming: July 23, 6-8 PM ET at
https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/53776
On-Demand 48-hour access: July 26-August 1 at
https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/54162
As I first stated in January, the subject of the play is a classical radio station under pressure to improve its financial performance, and more broadly the survival of classical music at a time when it is becoming increasingly marginalized. The script is on NPX and has received eight recommendations thus far, including such comments as “'Capriccio Radio' is Rinkel at his most passionate” (Douglas McNamara DeVita), "the storytelling and the action make beautiful music together” (Philip Middleton Williams), and “The clash between high art and commerce is played out with unabashed ardor in this thought-provoking play. A great piece for a theatre company with seasoned, older actors, ‘Capriccio Radio’ will speak to a cultured audience that feels its tastes have been relegated to dinosaur status” (Robert Weibezahl).
Let me qualify the last statement by saying that my seven characters range in age from 17 to 79. I am truly delighted by my cast, selected from numerous fine candidates from New York, New Jersey, D.C., and Texas, and all of whom have shown both exceptional talent and a remarkable dedication to this playwright's vision.
You will see:
Bryon Albert Isaac as James Godfrey
Laura Coccimiglio as Roberta Siegel
Tom Ciorciari as Sylvan Phillips
Jonathan Minchew-Gonzalez as Claude Feierstein
Marco Cunha as Ed Ramsey
Ginny Stahlman Crooks as Lydia Morolla
Gabriel Brumberg as Noah Brock
Alice Rhoades as Jackie and Stage Direction Reader
No play of mine has undergone so lengthy an evolution as "Capriccio Radio." While the idea first occurred to me in 2007, the play has steadily been reshaped and tightened over the past ten years, evolving from an early draft of 25000 words/120 pages in 2011 to its present lean form of 18000 words/85 pages - even though much new material was added.
More to the point, no play I have written means as much to me. As someone who, like my characters Noah and Sylvan, once planned to become a composer, I have remained deeply involved in classical music as a pianist, writer, and concert-goer for some 60 years. And while there have been a small number of other plays about classical music - Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus," Terrence McNally's "Master Class," Ronald Harwood's "Quartet," Michael Hollinger's "Opus," Itamar Moses's "Bach at Leipzig" among them - each focuses on a particular composer or performer, and I believe "Capriccio Radio" is the only play that treats its subject in the larger context described above.
But "Capriccio Radio" is not only about classical music, and my cast has assured me that a knowledge of this music is not needed to enjoy it. That's because the play is also about friendship, workplace issues, parent-child relations, and more. And as one of my actors has noted, the play will challenge both those who love this kind of music and those who think they hate the stuff.
I've added some photos for you to see the look of the play as it has been filmed. My videographers Alex Vart and Chris Hassell went far beyond the typical Zoom look to provide virtual backgrounds to simulate a set and add stage directions and music. By the way, to avoid copyright infringement, most of the short musical extracts were notated in Finale and generated as .WAV files — with the exception of two vocal pieces that were performed by soprano Julie Allison, accompanied in one Mahler song by Teruhiko Toda.
So please come! I think you're in for an enjoyable theatrical experience, with some exceptional acting! More content to come in upcoming weeks!
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

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Re: My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2021, 04:52:51 PM »
As Seen on Facebook:

Some here may remember the first public reading this past January of my full-length play "Capriccio Radio." After some revisions but largely with the same cast, the play will be seen [this] month at the online Rogue Theater Festival. First date will be July 23, 6-8pm et, but the play will be available on demand between July 26-August 1. Tickets: $15 at www.roguetheaterfestival.com. Direct ticket links:
Initial Streaming: July 23, 6-8 PM ET at
https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/53776
On-Demand 48-hour access: July 26-August 1 at
https://www.showtix4u.com/event-details/54162
As I first stated in January, the subject of the play is a classical radio station under pressure to improve its financial performance, and more broadly the survival of classical music at a time when it is becoming increasingly marginalized. The script is on NPX and has received eight recommendations thus far, including such comments as “'Capriccio Radio' is Rinkel at his most passionate” (Douglas McNamara DeVita), "the storytelling and the action make beautiful music together” (Philip Middleton Williams), and “The clash between high art and commerce is played out with unabashed ardor in this thought-provoking play. A great piece for a theatre company with seasoned, older actors, ‘Capriccio Radio’ will speak to a cultured audience that feels its tastes have been relegated to dinosaur status” (Robert Weibezahl).
Let me qualify the last statement by saying that my seven characters range in age from 17 to 79. I am truly delighted by my cast, selected from numerous fine candidates from New York, New Jersey, D.C., and Texas, and all of whom have shown both exceptional talent and a remarkable dedication to this playwright's vision.
You will see:
Bryon Albert Isaac as James Godfrey
Laura Coccimiglio as Roberta Siegel
Tom Ciorciari as Sylvan Phillips
Jonathan Minchew-Gonzalez as Claude Feierstein
Marco Cunha as Ed Ramsey
Ginny Stahlman Crooks as Lydia Morolla
Gabriel Brumberg as Noah Brock
Alice Rhoades as Jackie and Stage Direction Reader
No play of mine has undergone so lengthy an evolution as "Capriccio Radio." While the idea first occurred to me in 2007, the play has steadily been reshaped and tightened over the past ten years, evolving from an early draft of 25000 words/120 pages in 2011 to its present lean form of 18000 words/85 pages - even though much new material was added.
More to the point, no play I have written means as much to me. As someone who, like my characters Noah and Sylvan, once planned to become a composer, I have remained deeply involved in classical music as a pianist, writer, and concert-goer for some 60 years. And while there have been a small number of other plays about classical music - Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus," Terrence McNally's "Master Class," Ronald Harwood's "Quartet," Michael Hollinger's "Opus," Itamar Moses's "Bach at Leipzig" among them - each focuses on a particular composer or performer, and I believe "Capriccio Radio" is the only play that treats its subject in the larger context described above.
But "Capriccio Radio" is not only about classical music, and my cast has assured me that a knowledge of this music is not needed to enjoy it. That's because the play is also about friendship, workplace issues, parent-child relations, and more. And as one of my actors has noted, the play will challenge both those who love this kind of music and those who think they hate the stuff.
I've added some photos for you to see the look of the play as it has been filmed. My videographers Alex Vart and Chris Hassell went far beyond the typical Zoom look to provide virtual backgrounds to simulate a set and add stage directions and music. By the way, to avoid copyright infringement, most of the short musical extracts were notated in Finale and generated as .WAV files — with the exception of two vocal pieces that were performed by soprano Julie Allison, accompanied in one Mahler song by Teruhiko Toda.
So please come! I think you're in for an enjoyable theatrical experience, with some exceptional acting! More content to come in upcoming weeks!

I've bought my ticket!
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot

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Re: My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2021, 07:45:21 AM »
I've bought my ticket!

Thanks to Karl for his advocacy! Please see new post above for updated details!
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Re: My play "Capriccio Radio" receives its first public reading
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2021, 12:35:18 PM »
Half an hour to show time! Huzzah!
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
[Matisse] was interested neither in fending off opposition,
nor in competing for the favor of wayward friends.
His only competition was with himself. — Françoise Gilot