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Café Variations

SITI Company : : World Premiere

Cafe Variations Play Clip

Incorporating dialogue, music and dance, a series of vivid and visceral explorations of life, love and identity cast Gershwin classics in a new light. One woman awaits the future love of her life; meanwhile, her waiter experiences love at first sight. Couples quarrel, philosophize and reconnect. Unabashedly romantic, this world premiere celebration of café culture recalls a time when the café was a place for civil discourse—and reflects the courage it still takes for one person to reach out to another.

“What audiences experience at a SITI performance is a unique physical theatre of intelligence, rigor, poetry and grace.” –Theatre Bay Area

About SITI Company
SITI Company is an ensemble-based theatre, founded by Anne Bogart and Japanese theatre artist Tadashi Suzuki. SITI has received American Theatre Wing, Elliot Norton and Obie awards, among many others. Bogart is the recipient of two Obie Awards and a Bessie Award, as well as Guggenheim and Rockefeller fellowships. Bogart also runs the Graduate Directing Program at Columbia University.

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Post-Performance Discussions

Following the 2PM performances on SAT, APRIL 14 AND 21

Join members of the cast after Saturday matinees to learn more about their experience working on this world premiere.
Composition Workshop

SAT, APRIL 21 @ 11AM

Free for Café Variations ticket holders! Click here to register

Delve into the creative world of composition work! Using Café Variations director Anne Bogart’s exercise, learn more about this fun and engaging method for devising work and join others to create short performances inspired by this production.

This is a FREE workshop, but space is limited! Register to reserve your spot!

Learn more about Café Variations
Learn more about dramaturg Magda Romanska’s experience.

Brush up on your Gershwin

Read an interview with orchestrator/arranger Rachel Grimes

Meet the costume designers!

Meet the lighting designer!

Meet the choreographer!

Delve into the history of café culture with dramaturg Magda Romanska’s series: “Sobering Up of Europe”

The Age of Enlightenment

Café Culture and Public Spaces

Café Culture in Boston

The History of the Cybercafé

Invite a Friend

Talk Back


8 performances only!

Gershwin genius. Café conversation. A new musical event.

APR 13 - APR 22

Cutler Majestic Theatre

Box Office: 617.824.8400

  • APR 13 @ 8PM
  • APR 14 @ 2PM AND 8PM
  • APR 15 @ 2PM
  • APR 20 @ 8PM
  • APR 21 @ 2PM AND 8PM
  • APR 22 @ 2PM




George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin


Charles L. Mee, Jr.


Anne Bogart

A coproduction with Emerson Stage and SITI Company





Running Time:

1 Hour 40 Minutes