LENIN'S EMBALMERS

Genre: Other
Written by Vern Thiessen, Directed by William Carden

Inspired by the book Lenin's Embalmers by Ilya Zbarsky and Samuel Hutchinson, translated by Barbara Bray (Harvill Press, 1999), Lenin's Embalmers spins the tale of Boris Zbarsky and Vladimir Vorobiov, two scientists who were chosen by The Committee for Immortalization to embalm Vladimir Lenin after his death in 1924. 

Inspired by the book Lenin's Embalmers by Ilya Zbarsky and Samuel Hutchinson. Sets are by Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams, lights by Chris Dallos, sound by Shane Rettig and costumes by Suzanne Chesney.

You Can't Make This Stuff Up
The embalming of the leader of the World Proletariat - which took almost four months - was a scientific "miracle" at the time and was hailed by scientists around the world.  A miracle indeed because the work began two months after Lenin's death.  Lenin's embalmers developed a process which restored the body to a lifelike appearance and is still used for preventive maintenance today.  Yet, as so many had during the Great Terror, Lenin's embalmers reached levels of power and influence that ultimately led to their death by a paranoid Stalinist regime.

The institute responsible for Lenin's upkeep later embalmed the leaders of several other Socialist countries, among them Ho Chi Minh.  Today the mausoleum laboratory provides mortuary services to all paying customers, including members of the Russian nouveau riches and the Russian mafia.


About the Company: Ensemble Studio Theatre

The Ensemble Studio Theatre is a not-for-profit developmental theatre founded by Curt Dempster and a loose-knit group of fellow theater artists during a fertile period Off Broadway between 1968 and 1972. EST’s founders had two primary goals in creating the company: to nurture individual theatre artists and to develop new American plays.

EST nurtures individual artists through its free membership program, which offers lifetime membership in the company to diverse theater artists selected via a competitive application process. Demonstrated talent and keen interest in collaboration and contributing to EST’s community are the criteria for admission. The emphasis is on talent. EST currently lists more than 500 theatre artists on its membership roster. Collectively the group has won every major prize or award in theater, film and television, including Pulitzer Prizes, Oscars, Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Obie Awards and Susan Smith Blackburn Awards.

EST’s goal to develop new American plays has resulted in a record of achievement that rivals any theater in the U.S. in terms of quantity and quality of output, with a total of more than 6,000 plays developed and produced since 1972 featuring many of the finest playwrights, directors and performers working in the theater. Each year, EST produces over 150 projects, including readings and workshops of new works-in-progress and fully produced Mainstage productions, including many U.S. and world premieres.

Plays that originated at EST have been produced at more than 360 theatres across the United States. The company has been recognized with Village Voice Obie Awards, NY Outer Critic Circle Awards and numerous American Theater Wing Awards for excellence in theater.

Preview:   03/03/10
Open:   03/08/10
Close:   03/28/10

Schedule:
Wed. through Sat. 7:00pm
Monday evenings at 7:00pm
Matinees:
Saturdays at 2:00pm
Sundays at 3:00pm**

**except Sunday, March 7, when the matinee is 5:00pm

Theater:   Ensemble Studio Theatre
Address:   549 West 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
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Cost:$30 General Admission
$20 Previews
$15 Students/Seniros
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Company: Ensemble Studio Theatre         Official Web Site: www.ensemblestudiotheatre.org