The Orpheus Variations


A remarkable piece of theater at its most modern yet alive with ancient myth and the equally ancient yen to create an absorbing and memorable live-action theatrical experience…It is…a beautiful piece of art.” – Jon Sobel,

The Orpheus Variations is one of the most evocative, stimulating, and astonishing experiences to occupy a theatre…any other experience cannot compare, or be as memorable.” – Benjamin Coleman, Theatre is Easy

The Orpheus Variations received its world premiere from October 19 – 28, 2012.
Magic Futurebox, 55 33rd Street, 4th Floor, Brooklyn, NY

The production played a reprise run from June 27 – 30, 2013.
HERE, 145 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY.

Documentary footage of the production was installed as a part of Un, Nenhum e Cem Mil from January 16 – March 23, 2013
Edge Arts, Lisbon, Portugal

The Orpheus Variations is available to tour within the U.S. and internationally.
For information, please contact Line Producer Chapman Riedel.

Click here to view production photos from the world premiere production at the Magic Futurebox.
Click here to view production photos from the reprise run at HERE.
Click here to view photos of The Orpheus Variations documentary footage installed at Edge Arts in Lisbon, Portugal.

Click here to view a video excerpt of The Orpheus Variations at HERE.

Click here to read the acclaimed press round up.

Inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in the Underworld, The Orpheus Variations tells the story of Orpheus, a grief-stricken musician, who goes on a journey through the sights and sounds of his memories in search of his vanished wife. The project collides live storytelling, live radio play, and live film vocabularies in a deconstruction of creative process.

Created collaboratively by: the Company
Conceived and Directed by: Adam J. Thompson
Associate Director: Meghan E. Kennedy
Composer: Ryan Homsey
Media Design: Phillip Gulley
Properties Design: Katie Fleming
Costume Design: Sydney Gallas
Sound Design: Steve Piteo
Production Stage Management: Denise Lum and Dina Paola Rodriguez
Performance Ensemble: Amanda Dieli, Jen Browne, Arielle Lever, Jessica Annunziata, Sarah Isaacson, Brian DeCaluwe, Robert Kitchens, Steven Conroy, Peter Van Hyning
Production Assistant: Mark Costello
Artistic and Production Intern: Caitlin Bartow

The Orpheus Variations was been developed with the support of Chez Bushwick; The School of Making Thinking; IRT Theater 3B Development Series; the Magic Futurebox; the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Kings County by Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC); the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC); The Puffin Foundation; and The Deconstructive Theatre Project’s family of individual contributors.