A New Kurochkin Play for Austin - Open Reading November 6th

Ladies, gentlemen,

Apologies for the long silence; we've been breaking a lot of strings! Here's the scoop: Please join us for the first reading of Dulcey and Roxy at the City Council on Wednesday, November 6th at 8:00 PM the Off Shoot. Playwright Maksym Kurochkin and translator John Freedman will be in attendance, thanks to generous support from:

  • St. Olaf College
  • The University of Texas' Playwriting Program
  • The University of Texas' Comparative Literature Program
  • The University of Texas' Slavic Studies Program
  • The University of Texas Performance as Public Practice Ph.D. Program
  • You!

Fundraising update: We've reached the $5,000 mark in our $6,000 fundraising drive, to facilitate John and Max's visit to Austin for a crucial series of workshops in early November, 2013. Please consider pitching in by clicking on the donation widget, to your right. Thank you!

And here's the story:

A year ago, Breaking String Artistic Director Graham Schmidt visited Moscow as part of an artistic exchange initiative sponsored by the federal government. He met with Maksym Kurochkin - one of Russia's most celebrated living playwrights, whose plays Breaking String has staged with great success here in Austin (Bento Bonchev and Vodka, Fucking and Television), and commissioned a new play from Max, to be developed and premiered right here in Austin.

 
The intent was to move beyond staging Max's greatest hits in translation, into an active collaboration, informed by Austin audience participation. To that end, Kurochkin and translator John Freedman will visit Austin for a workshop process that will culminate with a free-admission reading of the newly commissioned play, Dulsey and Roxy at the City Council at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 6th, at the Off Shoot (here's your map).
 
This upcoming visit anticipates the play's premiere at Salvage Vanguard Theater in April of 2014. Please join us in this collaboration by marking November 6th on your calendar!
 
Kurochkin's experiences in Austin date to his first visit for Breaking String's 2011 New Russian Drama Festival. Robert Faires' response to the 2012 NRDFest, which featured two Kurochkin staged readings and a full-on production of The Schooling of Bento Bonchev, speaks to the resonance Max's work has found here: "These plays' irreverence, imagination, and immediacy were so familiar and engaging that if I hadn't already known they were minted in Moscow, I might have taken them for plays created locally," wrote Faires. 
 
Accompanying Max will be John Freedman - a prolific translator and commentator on Russian theater to the west. John has lived in Moscow and worked as a theater critic for the Moscow Times, an English-language daily, for the past 20 years. In addition to having penned a dozen books on contemporary Russian theater and maintaining the most authoritative body of work on Russia's theater community, John has offered invaluable counsel and support for Breaking String, for many years.
 
I look forward to seeing you at 8:00 PM on Wednesday, November 6th, at the Off Shoot. Thank you for taking this journey with us, for helping to connect Austin with one of the most fascinating and vibrant theater communities in the world, and for helping to bring Dulsey and Roxy home to Austin.