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Jane Fonda Reprises Moises Kaufman’s 33 Variations

February 2, 2011

In its Broadway run two years ago, writer/director Moisés Kaufman’s 33 Variations garnered five Tony nominations and one trophy (Best Scenic Design for Derek McLane) and then closed after five months. Now it’s getting a new mounting by Center Theatre Group, for which Kaufman directed last year’s Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Jane Fonda earned one of the Broadway show’s Tony nominations for her role as musicologist Dr. Katherine Brandt, who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). In the play, Brandt is determined to learn why Ludwig van Beethoven spent his last years writing 33 variations of what seemed to be an inconsequential waltz.

Now 73, Fonda discusses with LAStageTimes her thoughts on doing a play twice, something she has never done. Read more.

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