Spotlight on Dave Molloy 

Christopher Borg 


Writer/performer/composer/sound designer Dave Malloy was nominated last year for Outstanding Original Music for his electrifying score in Beowulf - A Thousand Years Of Baggage, the inventive and raucous rock-musical produced by Shotgun Players in association with Banana Bag & Bodice.

Dave was also the winner of a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant and a recipient of the 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers!

You can experience his work right now through the end of the week in Three Pianos, as part of the Ontological Theatre’s Incubator Series.

Written and Performed by Malloy along with Rick Burkhardt and Alec Duffy, Three Pianos, directed by Rachel Chavkin is described as a deconstruction of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle. According to David, the show features the three performers, each at their own piano, as they "lead the audience through their respective passions for Schubert’s famous song cycle on winter heartbreak, performing the songs, grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of music.

“Compositional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language ensue.”

In the quick moment I caught David between gigs I managed to glean that he is already scheduling future shows at LaMama ETC, Clubbed Thumb and Berkeley Rep among others.

Three Pianos is playing through March 20th at the Ontological Theatre at St. Mark’s Church.  Go to for more information.


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