Genre: Comedy, Drama, Festival
Written by Anton Chekhov, Adapted by Ernst Zorin, Directed by Aleksey Burago

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.


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.

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.

Open:   03/27/17
Close:   04/15/17

Four Performances Only. March 27, April 3rd, April 10th and April 15th at 8PM:3/27/20174/3/20174/10/20174/15/2017:
Theater:   The Balcony Theater at West-Park Presbyt
Address:   165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
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