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The Russian Arts Theater & Studio Presents AVENUE OF WONDER
The work of Nikolai Gogol, the strangest genius Russia has ever produced, comes to life in The Russian Arts Theater and Studio's production of Avenue of Wonder. Internationally renowned Russian director Aleksey Burago directs this dark comedy featuring an ensemble of six actors. Based on the short story Nevsky Prospekt, this production will also re-inaugurate the historical Balcony Theater at West Park Presbyterian Church.
One evening, while strolling along Nevsky Prospekt, the central avenue that remains to this day the main artery of St. Petersburg, a distraught artist and a brazen lieutenant encounter a mysterious prostitute and a young housewife. In their separate pursuits of the women through the labyrinths of side streets, courtyards and winding staircases, both men come to realize all is not what it seems on the glittery avenue. As the rational plane of life slant beneath their feet, these comic and self-deluding characters soon discover that between everything ordinary there is a crack and deep in the shadows, peering up, are the maddening fantasies of the human soul. This February, join the cast of The Russian Arts Theater & Studio at the historic Balcony Theater and experience the strange genius of Nikolai Gogol.
Adapted and Directed by: Aleksey Burago
Featuring: Charles Anderson, Hazen Cuyler, Luisa Menzen, Ariel Polanco, Christopher Zach and Di Zhu.
ABOUT NIKOLAI GOGOL
"We all come out of Gogol's Overcoat." --F. Dostoevsky
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol was born in the Mirgorod district of the Ukraine in 1809. A talented actor, obsessive liar, mediocre student and a failed professor, Gogol would one day become one of the strangest literary geniuses Russia ever produced. His fantastic and comic characters had profound influence on writers such as Dostoevsky and Nabokov. Among his most famous writings include The Overcoat, The Nose, Diary of a Madman, The Inspector General, and Dead Souls. While his works are fairly well known in America, they are often poorly translated and misunderstood. Some critics have been quick to label Gogol as the "Russian Dickens", but this is yet another mishap. His stories are far more biting and salty, with a command of the irrational unmatched by any writer before and since. In 1852, Gogol died at the age of 42. He was misunderstood by his contemporaries, mishandled by theatre directors and ended his life mistreated by doctors - with medicinal leeches hanging from his exceptional nose. This winter, join The Russian Arts Theater & Studio as we pay homage to 'one of the oddest Russians in Russia.'
The Russian Arts Theater and Studio
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The Russian Arts Theater & Studio is an award-winning not-for-profit 501 © theater company founded with the mission to preserve, promote and cultivate Russian arts, culture and heritage through high-quality theatrical productions. Headed by internationally acclaimed Russian director Aleksey Burago, TRATS has delivered over thirty shows to the New York City theater community, including works by Pushkin, Gogol, Chekhov, Gorky, Bulgakov, Bunin, and much more. For more information, please visit us at www.russiantheater.org
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Aleksey Burago is the Artisic Director of The Russian Arts Theater & Studio and a graduate of The Moscow Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS), where he studied under the internationally renowned theater director Pyotr Fomenko. As a director, Aleksey's work has taken him to stages around the world, including Scotland, Denmark, Mexico, and Turkey. In Russia, he has staged works for many different state theaters, including the Theater of Youth, Puskin Theater and the Baltic House Theater. Aleksey's production of Beyond Recognition premiered at the Hermitage Theater, where it recieved a sold-out run. In New York, Aleksey has staged over forty productions. His latest work My Uncle Chekhov received a sold out run at the West End Theater this past summer. Aleksey's directorial work has received awards both in New York and abroad, including the 2010 Best One Person Show at the International United Solo Festival. In Russia, he had been awarded Best Director in the Moscow Annual Festival of Classical Plays and also the St. Petersburgh Comedy Festival. Aleksey is currently on faculty at HB Studio and is also the Director-in-Residence at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.https://www.eventbrite.com/