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Comedy is inspired by Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'

Local playwright Stuart Meltzer’s latest work, "The Goldberg Variations," will get a staged reading as part of Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series at Lynn University in Boca Raton.

“The name of the play refers to a piece of music written by Johan Sebastian Bach entitled 'Goldberg Variations,’ ” Meltzer says in a press release. ”I've always loved that music, and was curious about how it received its title. In the process of my research, it dawned on me that the title of Bach's music would make a terrific play focusing on one family — the Goldbergs.

“Figuring out how to connect Bach's music to the family in the play was an awesome journey,” he continues. “In Bach's 'Goldberg Variations,' there is a theme, and 30 versions of that theme follow. I wanted to figure out a way a similar structure could be applied to this play.”

Meltzer is a founding member of Zoetic Stage in Miami and a faculty member at the New World School of the Arts.

When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11

Where: Wold Performing Arts Center (Lynn University campus), 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

Cost: $10

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