The Russian Arts Theater and Studio

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Currently, our mission is two-fold. Firstly, through the exploration of new theatrical works as well as progressive re-imaginings of classics, we aim to preserve, promote and advance Russian arts and heritage in New York City.  Secondly, through an affordable and accessible theater education program, we aim to train a new generation of imaginative, innovative, and sincere artists capable of serving the mission for generations to come.


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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT  | Open: 07/19/16 Close: 08/28/16
This summer, acclaimed theater director Aleksey Burago and The Russian Arts Theater and Studio continues its 2015-2016 season with Fyodor Dostoevsky's magnum opus Crime and Punishment. In the hot slums of St. Petersburg lives Raskolnikov, a former student struggling with debt and disillusionment. Believing himself to be a superior man, he soon executes a plan to kill and rob an old pawnbroker, arguing that her money can be used for good deeds, while ridding the world of a worthless parasite. As the growing voice of his conscience sets in, Raskolnikov soon finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Join the Russian Arts Theater and Studio as it brings one of the greatest novels to life at the West End Theater and embark upon a journey into the mind of a killer and his search for redemption.


About the Company: The Russian Arts Theater and Studio

Currently, our mission is two-fold. Firstly, through the exploration of new theatrical works as well as progressive re-imaginings of classics, we aim to preserve, promote and advance Russian arts and heritage in New York City.  Secondly, through an affordable and accessible theater education program, we aim to train a new generation of imaginative, innovative, and sincere artists capable of serving the mission for generations to come.

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Swan Song  | Open: 03/27/17 Close: 04/15/17
Please note this production will be performed in Russian without subtitles. 

Back by popular demand, renowned Russian stage director Aleksey Burago and The Russian Arts Theater and Studio present a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov's Swan Song (Про Великое Ничто) a comedy to be performed in Russian by legendary actor Ernst Zorin (Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Vakhtangov Theater), and Gala Orlovsky (Prominent Artist of Ukraine Citation) with live music by Di Zhu (Grand Prize Winner, New York International Piano Competition).

With humor and wit, Swan Song is a love letter dedicated to the theater. Enter the stage door and embark on a journey with four actors as they pay homage to Russian theater, its rosy illusions, backstage romances, and battling egos. Newly adapted by Ernst Zorin, the story revolves around Svetlovidov, a faded star torn between ambition and exhaustion. The plot unwinds over the course of one evening following a banquet in honor of the aging actor, where he learns plans are in place to replace him in the next production. In the hours and minutes leading up to the performance, clashes quickly take place, and soon, easier consolations are found inside the vodka bottle. A satire intertwined with improvisations, dreams, and secret jokes that have survived countless generations at the stage wings, this delicious portrait of the world of theater is not to be missed. Featured as part of the first annua New York Chekhov Festival.

Four Performances Only! Seating is limited so be sure to reserve your tickets in advance.

THE CAST

GALA ORLOVSKY, Prominent Artist of Ukraine Citation

Actress Gala Orlovsky has toured throughout the world in her work as a stage actress. A recipient of the Debut of the Year Award for her portrayal of Pippi Longstockings, Gala was also awarded the First Prize in Ukranian National Theatrical Festival for her role in Save Me From Hatred (by Alexander Galich) and Golden Lion Award for best female role in Birdcatcher's Fun.

ERNST ZORIN, Honored Artist of the Russian Federation, Vakhtangov Theatre

Actor Russian actor Ernst Zorin has worked over twenty years with the world famous Vakhtangov Theater, appearing in numerous productions including the sensational Princess Turandot.
 

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Three Sisters  | Open: 03/24/17 Close: 04/14/17
Critically acclaimed Russian director Aleksey Burago stages Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters, a tragicomic story about the decay of a privileged family grappling with the changes of a modern world. Following the death of their army officer father, the Moscow-born and bred Prozorov siblings find themselves living in a remote provincial town, trapped inside the memories of their glorious past. Only the proximity of a nearby artillery post and the company of its officers make their existence bearable. As they fumble for purpose admist the clutter of awkward suitors, clumsy birthday presents, absurd squabbles and raging house fires, only one desire remains undimmed: to return to Moscow! Featured as the main attraction of The New York Chekhov Festival, performances will take place at the quaint and antique Balcony Theater located at West Park Presbyterian Church. 

Featuring: Reanna Armellino, Ella Ayberk, Hazen Cuyler, Michael Donaldson, James Fordyce, Toni Goldman, Ariel Polanco, Matt Raines, Jake Robertson, Flavio Romeo, David A. Russell, Jo Anne Sellers, and Di Zhu

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