Tony Award winner and MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient Mary Zimmerman, the creative leader behind some of STC’s most imaginative productions (Candide, Pericles), brings the writings of Leonardo da Vinci to life in this stunning revival of one of her earliest creations. Comprised solely of text from the surviving notebooks of the 15th-century Renaissance man himself, Notebooks is “a true revelation” (Chicago Tribune) that celebrates the interplay of science, art, and the human spirit in a glorious kaleidoscope of beauty and remarkable insight.
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“CAPTIVATING…It engages the mind with its scholarship and dazzles the eye with its ingenuity.” –The Washington Post
“VISIONARY…Mary Zimmerman is meticulous and exacting in her artistic excavations of classical works…a genius in conversation with a genius.” –DC Theater Arts
“A VISUAL FEAST…What Zimmerman has crafted is an elegant, intelligent playroom, where concepts float and bounce alongside literal feathers and balls.” –District Fray
“FASCINATING…The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci is a wonder for the eye.” –MD Theatre Guide
“REMARKABLE…In what can only be described as an optimum synergy between actors, text, scenery and stagecraft, da Vinci’s works take flight like the wings of the flying machine he once imagined.” –BroadwayWorld
“SUMPTUOUS…Zimmerman’s sensual and poetic stagecraft combined with da Vinci’s words…gives Notebooks all the splendor of a Renaissance painting come to life.” –DCist
“BREATHTAKING…This play is like a cabinet of wonders.” –WYPR
“STUNNING…A highly creative, extraordinarily elegant, and utterly enchanting exploration into the genius of the master.” –The Zebra
“DYNAMIC…A theatrical treasure chest…brings da Vinci’s notebooks to life.” –The Georgetowner
“RICH, INTENSE, SENSUAL…The visuals are so striking.” –Talkin’ Broadway
“UNEXPECTED and DELIGHTFUL…A magical, theatrical box of an evening.” –Two Hours’ Traffic
Writer/Director: Mary Zimmerman
Scenic Designer: Scott Bradley
Costume Designer: Mara Blumenfeld
Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens
Sound Designer/Original Music: Michael Bodeen
Original Music: Miriam Sturm
Acrobatic Consultant: Sylvia Hernandez-Distasi
Movement Consultant: Tracy Walsh
Production Stage Manager: Marne Anderson*
Assistant Stage Manager: Dayne Sundman
All titles, artists, and dates subject to change.
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