2 Pianos 4 Hands
by Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt
Two actors, two pianos and many, many characters grace the stage as fifteen years of learning the art of piano playing unfolds. From classical to pop to jazz, the play provides the chance for two performers to give their all in a 120-minute virtuoso performance. Along the journey the actors/pianists portray a dazzling range of characters embellished with a show of piano wizardry featuring the music of Bach, Beethoven, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
As children, they endure the judging eyes of teachers, adjudicators, and parents. As “friendly” competitors nearing their teens they face off at various festivals. As young adults, their eyes open to new ideas and influences. And as they mature, Ted and Richard become more aware of the gap between the very good and the great - the universal plight of all those with an ounce of training and talent and the will to “be” a professional musician, or athlete, or actor, or dancer. 2 Pianos 4 Hands captures the humor that comes with dedicating yourself to a dream, and the sense of loss in eventually learning to let go of it.