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Russian Theater to Show in US Movie Houses

Posted by John Freedman on May 29, 2016 at 3:45 AM

[This report has been expanded and corrected since the original post 30 minutes ago.]

American Eddie Aronoff Cardillo's Stage Russia has struck a deal that will lead to the showing of at least nine contemporary Russian theater production in film theaters in the United States. Some of the shows that will be shown are: Rimas Tuminas' production of Alexander Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin," Anzhelika Kholina's dance production of Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" and Yury Butusov's rendition of Mikhail Bulgakov's "Flight" at the Vakhtangov Theatre, Adolf Shpiro's rendition of Chekhov's  "The Cherry Orchard" at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater, Kama Ginkas's version of Chekhov's "The Black Monk" at the Young Spectator Theater, Sergei Zhenovach's staging of Nikolai Erdman's "The Suicide" at the Studio of Theatrical Art, Galina Volchek's staging of Erich Maria Remarque's "Three Comrades" at the Sovremennik.  The first broadcast will take place in September 2016; the last  in June 2017. Aronoff Cardillo tells me that two of the shows - "Onegin" and "Cherry Orchard"  -  have already been filmed. You can follow developments at the Stage Russia website, but information even there is not fully correct. Things are happening, and so changing, quickly. There is also a" target="_blank">Facebook page that may reflect changes in a more timely fashion. 

Here is part of a report carried by 

"Film versions of performances by the Vakhtangov Theatre, the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater, the Sovremennik and other Moscow theaters will begin showing in September in the US, according to RIA Novosti. [...]

"Eddie Aronoff, who conceived the program, said the idea is to embrace a wide variety of genres and styles. 'There are classical performances, dance performances and satirical Soviet surrealism. Some productions are already familiar to spectators, some less known to Western audiences, but they all open up a window on what is called the Russian soul,' he said.

"Eight performances are planned for the first season of the project, from September 2016 to June 2017. Other theaters included are the Studio of Theatrical Art and the Moscow Young Spectator Theater. ..."

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