By Peter Shaffer

PENFOLD Antonio Salieri, the religiously devoted court composer of the Austrian Emperor, still waits for the heavenly gift he most desires: true musical brilliance. Then Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a crass and rowdy young prodigy, arrives in Vienna determined to make a splash. Awestruck by his genius and seized by obsessive jealousy, Salieri begins a war with Mozart, with music, and ultimately, with God.

This Tony Award-winning play features musical interludes with Mozart’s beloved compositions. Penfold’s production will thrill audiences with two distinct approaches. For one performance only, the music will be performed live by 40 members of the Central Texas Philharmonic. In the remaining performances, audiences will be treated to a “Mozart remix” by a local composer.

Produced by Penfold Theatre and the Central Texas Philharmonic
Ground Floor Theatre — Austin, Texas
Klett Center for the Performing Arts — Georgetown, Texas


Creative Team

  • Director Liz Fisher
  • Playwright Peter Shaffer
  • Stage Manager Kelsey Moringy
  • Rehearsal Stage Manager Cortney DeAngelo
  • Production Manager Kat Kennedy
  • Composer Michael Moret
  • Vocal Music Consultant Claudia Chapa
  • Scenic and Props Design Gary Thornsberry
  • Lighting Design Sydney Smith, MacKenzie Mulligan
  • Costume Design Aaron Flynn
  • Sound Design Brennon Cope
  • Technical Director Kellan diDonato 
  • Master Electrician  Jennifer Crump
  • Dressers Nicole Green & Astrid Rangel


  • Kareem Badr as Antonio Salieri
  • Diego Arroyo Aceves as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Karina Dominguez as Constanze Weber
  • Chuck Winkler as Emperor Joseph II / Ensemble
  • Miranda Marquez as Chamberlain Von Strack / Katherina Cavalieri / Ensemble
  • Bryce J. Bartu as Count Orsini-Rosenberg / Valet / Ensemble
  • Ev Lunning as Baron Van Swieten / Cook / Ensemble
  • Natalie Blackman as Venticelli 1 / Ensemble
  • Sarah Fleming Walker as Venticelli 2 / Ensemble

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Amadeus Press

“This production has stripped away all pomp and circumstance. Fisher intends it to be raw and intimate, and there’s no question that it is….This production does exactly what characterizes great art: it makes you feel rather than tells you how to feel. ”
         — Brian Paul Scipione, CTX Live Theatre

“A performance worthy of a Broadway production. ”
         — Sun News Austin


Amadeus Awards

WINNER: B. Iden Payne Award for Featured Music Performance
WINNER: B. Iden Payne Award for Ensemble Performance
Nomination: B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in Drama
Nomination: B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Featured Performance in Drama
Nomination: B. Iden Payne Award for Costume Design