Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. FREE Party to follow
"Of course you can't write about Pushkin. An American writing about Pushkin is idiotic, like a Russian writing about Mark Twain. What can you ever really understand about this? I can only reply the way Pushkin certainly would have to anybody who tried to tell him what was and was not appropriate for him to write: go fuck yourself." —Don Nigro
At the time of his violent death, Alexander Pushkin was the most famous living Russian poet, still a young man, and married to the most beautiful woman in St Petersburg. This play traces the dark, tragic farce of the events that led to his shooting. The play flows like a dance, blending dark comedy, mystery and tragedy as it moves inexorably to that bloody snow bank. Part of Nigro's ongoing cycle of plays tracing the history of Russia through the lives of its writers. The performance will feature a live pianist playing many selections of Chopin throughout. Featuring: Jade Anderson, Paul Bolger, Rebecca Blaine Carton, Ben Fisher, Mary Caitlin Gilson, Matt Giroveanu, Thomas Lombardo, and Randy Schein
with Pianist Faser Hardin Directed by Annie Chadwick
Don Nigro is among the most frequently published and widely produced playwrights in the world, having written more than 300 plays, 135 of which have been published by Samuel French in 48 volumes. Among these are his most popular and widely produced, Seascape with Sharks and Dancer and Ravenscroft which was adapted into the film The Manor, with Peter O'Toole. Mr. Nigro has continued to build a deeply interrelated and diverse body of dramatic literature, employing a wide variety of dramatic conventions and styles of presentation. He has won a Playwriting Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (for Fisher King), twice been a finalist for the National Repertory Theatre Foundation's National Play Award (for Anima Mundi and for The Dark Sonnets of the Lady), has won grants from the Mary Roberts Reinhart Foundation (for Terre Haute) and the Ohio Arts Council, and twice been James Thurber Writer in Residence at the Thurber House in Columbus. His work has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, German, Polish, Greek, Russian, and Chinese. Pushkin is part of his cycle of Russian plays which include Gogol, An Angler in the Lake of Darkness (Leo Tolstoy), Emotion Memory (about Anton Chekhov, A Russian Play, Rasputin, and Mandelstam.
Location: Street: The Drama Book Shop, Inc. Additional: 250 West 40th Street City: New York, Province: New York Postal Code: 10018-1511 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)