A Musical Theatre story about faith, realism, and the consolation of art.
A middle-aged man, Issac, has just learned that his father passes away. His own little son asks “is your father in heaven?”.
Isaac retraces, through narrative and song, his own journal through life. He is torn between a wish to believe and a grim realism. As he grows as a creative artist, he asks whether faith is only art – and ultimately whether art itself can be a form of consolation.
It is the story of Isaac Erevan, a middle-aged Jewish man who has just lost his father, and who responds to his own son’s question, “Is your father in Heaven?” with stories and songs as he reflects back on his own life, his father’s and of generations. The original songs are variously moving, funny, wistful and searching.
There is a narrative drive in Consoulation. From hearing a mother’s lullaby at the beginning to ultimately creating his own songs, Isaac’s experiences and creations, prepare him for the response to his little boy’s question. The tales, original poems, and dozens of songs that fill Consoulation are all presented as part of the quest.
“It is really a great, great journey.”
“Schwartz clearly writes from his heart – and soul – and his first musical venture not only reveals a budding Sondheim in our midst, but also serves as an ever-timely reminder of the profound comfort and healing power of art.”