Stage Russia HD 2017-18

Stage Russia HD 2017-2018

After capturing the imagination of the Western audience with its first season, STAGE RUSSIA HD is continuing its effort to tap into one of Russia's greatest resources with the announcement of its much anticipated 2017-2018 Season, offering an eclectic and meticulously filmed productions of classic and modern performances.

The Seagull

The Seagull

Filmed Live at the Satirikon Theatre
230 mins (with one 15min intermission included)
Russian with English Subtitles

Anton Chekhov’s first of four major plays dramatizes the romantic and artistic conflicts between its four main characters: Boris Trigorin, a well-known writer, the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the would-be playwright Konstantin Tréplev. Yury Butusov's frenetic production abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theatre, it is an anthology of the theatre that devours its children like monsters. With the shuffling of actors' roles, you begin to sense something of a quadraphonic portrait of the creative personality, which demonstrates that greatness is precariously close to mediocrity while suggesting that the opposite is also true. Chekhov's characters are in the process of creating their lives or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity.

 

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Sat, Sep 16 1:00pm   Buy Tickets
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$15
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$10
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The Suicide

The Suicide

Filmed Live at Theatre Art Studio
150 mins (with one 15min intermission included)
Russian with English Subtitles

Sergey Zhenovach's adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's comedy centers around a young, unemployed man desperate enough to contemplate ending it all. As soon as he declares his will to die he finds himself surrounded by a variety of characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause. Flattered by this notoriety but panicked at the prospect of actually having to go through with it, he must find a way out that somehow leaves his dignity intact. Designer Alexander Borovsky’s walled-up stage with two stories of raggedy doors allows for slapstick chases and gives Zhenovach the opportunity to play entire scenes offstage, freeing it of realistic details and keeping the focus on the characters and their predicaments. Once the production builds up a head of steam, the laughs come fast and furious. The play, originally written in 1928, forms a link in Russian literary history between the satirical mastery of Nikolai Gogol and the post-World War II Theatre of the Absurd.

 

Show Times
Sun, Nov 12 1:00pm   Buy Tickets
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$10
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Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya

Filmed Live at Vakhtangov Theatre
180 mins (with one 15min intermission included)
Russian with English Subtitles

Rimas Tuminas' reimagining of Anton Chekhov's tale about broken illusions and dashed hopes is freed from its traditional trappings, leaving behind a battlefield for passions and colliding ambitions, We are given an empty space from which life has departed, a theatre space with grey slips, a plaster of Paris lion – a symbol of Petersburg, perhaps the ancestor who built the house came from there, a workbench made out of rough boards, an old sofa, several chairs of different colors. This "Uncle Vanya" is about what Chekhov’s characters think and what they admit to only at moments of emotional turmoil. They are at times tongue-tied or overly brutal, but their revelations break out of them fervently, desperately just as a man breaks out of a stuffy room into the open air. A Golden Mask Winner for Best Drama, featuring the inimitable Sergey Makovetskiy as Voynitsky.

 

Show Times
Sun, Jan 14 1:00pm   Buy Tickets
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General $18
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$15
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$10
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