(the Ottawa Citizen:)
“Imagine for a minute that Umberto Eco...
decided to turn one of his books into a slapstick stage show.
The result might look something like...”
a new musicological comedy-thriller!
directed and dramaturged by Alison Williams
set, costume, props and lighting design: Alison Williams
original music and sound design: Alex Eddington
stage manager and tour manager: Alison Williams
publicity photography: Hugh Wesley
publicity materials, programme and web design: Alex Eddington
The Fugue Code logo design: Alison Williams
"a must-see... superb" - Edmonton Journal
"...one of the best performances the Fringe will see this year." - SEE Magazine (Edmonton)
“Brilliantly theatrical and manically precise..." - Eye Weekly, Toronto
From the Baroque mind of award-winning composer/playwright/performer
Alex Eddington comes a comedy-thriller of apocalyptic proportions!
On the eve of the most important event in the history of Western music – the unveiling of a remarkable pipe organ invented by Bach but not built until now – an experimental Composer is kidnapped by a mysterious and ancient organization calling itself the S.M.W. The Composer’s husband – the Organist who will be the first to play the Bach Memorial Organ – is faced with the bizarre conditions for her release: to solve “The Fugue Code” before the next night’s concert.
As the mystery deepens, a quartet of Bach experts – the Organist, a Musicologist, a Conductor and a Singer – find themselves reluctantly drawn together by a strange plot involving Bach Fugues, cryptic riddles, Bach’s history-shunned second wife Anna Magdalena, and an increasingly bizarre organ...
Can they solve THE FUGUE CODE before the last note of the Well-Tempered Clavier????
Along the way other characters join the counterpoint, including a rough-and-tumble Organ Builder, the cloying Dean of Arts, the self-righteous Bishop and the President of the Ladies Auxiliary Committee for the Classic Music.
Equal parts funny and thrilling, The Fugue Code is fast-paced 60-minutes that draws out all the stops, twisting and turning like a Bach fugue and culminating in an explosive showdown in the world’s largest Gothic Cathedral...
It’s edge-of-your-seat musicology!