The poster for Jon Marans's "Old Wicked Songs" featuring Vincent L. Lonergan and Shawn Pfautsch.

Old Wicked Songs


American prodigy Stephen Hoffman travels to Vienna to jump start his creatively blocked career where he studies with Professor Mashkan, a man with a murky past and penchant for slurring Jews. Old world tradition clashes with 20th century modernism as the pair struggles to find common ground through artistic expression. The music of Robert Schumann proves the thread that binds them in this Pulitzer Prize-nominated play.

Chris’s production for Signal Ensemble Theatre was nominated for two Jeff Awards—for each of its leading men, Vincent L. Lonergan and Shawn Pfautsch.

By Jon Marans
Directed by Christopher Prentice
Signal Ensemble Theatre


2008 Joseph Jefferson Awards Nominations

  • Actor in a Leading Role – Play: Vincent L. Lonergan
  • Actor in a Leading Role – Play: Shawn Pfautsch

Cast & Creative

Vincent L. Lonergan
Professor Josef Mashkan
Shawn Pfautsch
Stephen Hoffman


Christopher Prentice
R. Brad Criswell
Scenic Design
Laura M. Dana
Costume Design
Sue Ragusa
Lighting Design
Anthony Ingram
Sound Design
Deanna Keefe
Stage Manager