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2 Pianos 4 Hands

Playwrights Canada Press

Amidst pushy parents, eccentric teachers, hours of repetitive practice, stage fright, the agony of competitions and exams, and the dream of greatness, Ted and Richard grow up as "piano nerds." As they mature, they become more aware of the gap between the merely very good and the great, and come to the humbling realization that concert stardom may be out of reach, but they just might be two of the best piano players in the neighbourhood, and that in itself is worth celebrating.


"…celebrates so strongly not just music but optimism triumphing in the face of disappointment." —Patrick Langston, The Ottawa Citizen


"2 Pianos 4 Hands is like a favourite song." —Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail


Ted Dykstra started playing piano at the age of six, and went on to compete in the Edmonton Kiwanis Music Festival when he was twelve. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Ted’s theatre work has won him a multitude of prestigious awards.


Richard Greenblatt (born in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian playwright who currently lives in Toronto. Greenblatt attended Dawson College. He later trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In 1975 he returned to Canada and began his theatrical career. Since then he has been acting, directing, writing, and composing music for theatre, radio, television, and film across the country and abroad. He is best known for 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, which he wrote and performed with Ted Dykstra. It won both the Dora Mavor Moore Award and the Chalmers Award.

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