In Kurochkin's satire, a corrupt and venal mayor presides over Austin's comically broken city council. When a Ukrainian arrives, invoking a looming catastrophe, will locals heed his warning? A new play for Austin commissioned by Breaking String Theater, Maksym Kurochkin’s Dulcey and Roxy at City Hall presents a timely encounter with Slavic culture, the language of revolution, and the corrupting influence of power.
Kurochkin’s plays’ imagination, immediacy and irreverence have made him a sensation in Russia as well as in Texas. Breaking String is excited to deepen its relationship with this true international collaboration. Dulcey was first read at the September 2013 Lyubimovka new play festival in Moscow. In November, Kurochkin and Freedman visited Austin for a series of workshops with Austin artists, leading to a public staged reading. In January, Kurochkin visited protesters in his native Kiev and completed the play’s second half. In late February, Kiev's protesters beat back assaulting riot police at the Maidan (Independence Square) and Ukraine dismissed its corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovych.
With performances by Noel Gaulin (Vadim), Kathleen Marie Taylor (Roxy), Judd Farris (Sean), Ryan Hamilton (Paul), and Gricelda Silva (Dulcey). Design by Ia Ensterä (Set), Steven Shirey (Lights), Pam Fletcher Friday (Costumes), Buzz Moran (Sound), Lee Webster (Video). Stage direction by Chelsea Beth Hockaday, translation by John Freedman, directed by Graham Schmidt.