Simon, an American exchange student, discovers a rare records shop in Leipzig, Germany. The eccenric store owner, Max, shares with Simon a record that has impossible properties. Max challenges Simon to confront the amazing but unsettling truth behind the events he witnesses. Simon learns that his destiny is inextricably linked to untold events in the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. Music, love, and dangerous obsession push Simon to an irrevocable decision before the night ends.
Written for six performers, 4 male and 2 female, ANALOG is a modest play with an epic feel, intimate in scale but evoking a sweeping narrative, a historical adventure with intriguing implications. The story bridges the 21st and 18th centuries, so it has appeal for academic programs as well. (Drama and music departments in particular may find it an effective recruiting tool.) Multi-layered, witty, and thought-provoking, ANALOG illustrates the unshakable power of music to elevate us even as our passions spiral us toward disaster.