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With ‘33 Variations,’ perennial outsider Moises Kaufman can finally relate

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/theater/article/with_33_variations_perennial_outsider_moises_kaufman_can_finally_relate_201

In a rehearsal room of the Ahmanson Theatre, Moises Kaufman recounts a story about Ludwig van Beethoven, a central figure in his new play, “33 Variations” — or, rather, a story about the composer’s hair. When Beethoven died in 1827, the custom was to trim the locks of famous decedents to sell as relics; eventually some of that hair came into the possession of a Jewish family, who traded it for their freedom from the Nazis.

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