| Open: 06/11/12 Close: 07/01/12
House of Curiosities is an evening of dark and exhilarating tales brought to life by The RATS
Company based on the short stories of one of the world's most beloved authors, Roald Dahl.
Director Aleksey Burago's spellbinding stagecraft and use of magical realism breathes new life into a
mesmerizing array of characters. Enter a twisted world where reality shifts beneath your feet and the
unexpected awaits at every corner. These moral tales for grown ups will chill your blood and tempt
your soul. Come for some sadistic fun and prepare to be surprised.
Billy Bob Boils the Sea is a beautiful adaptation of an ancient Chinese fairy tale. Two angels,
banished from the heavens for falling in love, are reborn on Earth as a sea creature and a drummer
boy. When the two have a chance meeting by the seashore, they are mysteriously drawn to each
other. The boy is determined to win her love and defy the gods by attempting the impossible. Physical
theater bursting with dream-like characters, visual magic and dazzling acrobatics, this tale of love
and courage will enchant all, a surrealistic journey discovering the boundless possibilities of the
House of Curiosities plays the following schedule:
Friday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m.
Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 14 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 17 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20 at 8 p.m.
Friday, June 22 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 30 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, July 1 at 8 p.m.
Billy Bob plays the following schedule:
Saturday, June 9 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 10 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, June 12 at 7 p.m.
Friday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 16 at 8 p.m
Sunday, June 17 at 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 21 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 23 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 24 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 27 at 8 p.m.
Friday, June 29 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 30 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 1 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $25 and are now available online at www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444.
Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater ½ hour prior to performance.
Running Time: 120 minutes
About the Company: RUSSIAN ARTS THEATER & STUDIO (The RATS Company)
THE RATS THEATER COMPANY previously known as The Russian Arts Theater & Studio, the company was founded
in 2004 by Artistic Director Aleksey Burago and acclaimed actress Snezhana Chernova. The couple both graduated
from distinguished theater academies—namely, the Moscow Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS) and the St. Petersburgh
Academy of Theater Arts. They brought forward their extensive study and experience in hopes of creating a New York
theater company that would pass on the rich theater traditions and practices of Stanislavski and Michael Chekhov as well
as introducing lesser-known Russian repertoire to American audiences.
The company has provided many critically-acclaimed shows for the New York community, including adaptations, new
translations, short stories & plays---from Hans Christian Andersen to Anton Chekhov to Tennessee Williams. Most recent
acclaim went to ensemble member Danusia Trevino for her award-winning auto-biographical one-woman show, directed
by Artistic Director, Aleksey Burago.
In the early months of 2011, members of the current ensemble came forward to revamp and modernize the company
outlook to better reach contemporary audiences. A new repertory and educational program was developed, along with the
launch of the company's new website and name--The RATS Company (an acronym of the original company, as well as a
vivid theater emblem--the beloved 'theater rat'). RATS is a 501(c)(3) educational organization, a New York City ensemble
theater company and school that puts up beautiful dramas rooted in movement and the arts: From world classics to
intimate new works.