The MTA Playwrights Lab is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between MIT students and professional theatre artists. The Lab is a weekend-long festival of staged readings featuring the work of the eight writers in the Playwrights’ Workshop taught by Senior Lecturer Ken Urban.
Directed by LA Williams and Adam Greenfield
"Sloan’s spot-on portrayal of the doomed, paranoid Joe struggling to maintain hope, and Wilson’s ferocity as the damaged Nurse give the story real depth. Both effectively capture the nuances of their characters, and...Sloan’s effortless shifts from victim to oppressor are creepy to watch."
"When the artists take risks and they're open and vulnerable, and they're present, and they are able to live in a more vulnerable way than sometimes we allow ourselves to be in real life -- I think that's why people go to the theater. But it's also a scary thing when I'm up on stage to know that many of the people in the audience know that I'm a trans person. That's a big step that I've taken in my career."
"It is so important..." [Sloan] says. "For people to know that trans actors exist, and we’re good at our work, and our experiences are important and our voices are important."'
"Sloan, as Mozart, is so likeable, so cute, so refreshingly in the moment that even when he is being alarmingly irrepressible you can’t help but root for him. His boyish attachment to his Papa, his wife Costanze..., and ultimately, Salieri, is guileless and touching."
Sloan "smoothly balances Mozart's epithet-rich earthiness, his deep caring for wife Constanze Weber and loner demeanor as his life grows more challenging" and "sharply catch[es] his child mirth and delight."
"The strength of the show is the performances by its central characters - Matthew Zahnzinger as Salieri and Cody Sloan as Mozart. Both men are well suited to their roles and provided intelligent and subtle performances."
"Amadeus is an "exceptionally outstanding event...that engages from start to finish, flowing with seamless dialogue."
"Mozart [is] brilliantly played by Cody Sloan..."