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Synopsis: The Music Lesson

4 women, 2 men
Weaving together the music of Bach, with the memories of the Bosnian War and the universal conflicts between teacher and student, THE MUSIC LESSON tells the story of Irena and her husband Ivan, two musicians who escaped the war in Sarajevo to start a new life in Pittsburgh. While Irena's passion for music and the students she taught helped Irena survive the war, she now stands torn between Maja, the 12 year old prodigy she left behind in Sarajevo and Kat, the bright but angry American teenager who wants to learn but resists her teaching.

Shifting elegantly from past to present and resonating with powerful music, this is the tale of two countries, two families and the ways they teach and heal each other.


THE MUSIC LESSON: The Alliance Theater Company, 2002
"One of the year's most important, thought provoking and heartfelt new plays... Tammy Ryan's impressive drama... sears as well as soothes the soul"
-Jack Zink, Sun-Sentinel, South Florida


American Alliance of Theater in Education's
     2004 Distinguished Play Award
2008 Christopher Brian Wolk Award, finalist
2001 Carbonell Award, best production
1999 National Playwriting for Youth Bonderman Award


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