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Valery Belyakovich Dies at age 66

Posted by John Freedman on December 6, 2016 at 10:45 AM

Valery Belyakovich, born Aug. 25, 1950, died today, December 6, 2016. The founder, in 1977, of the Southwest Theatre (for many years - the Southwest Theatre Studio). The theatre toured to the US many times; he had many friends there. His theatre in Moscow was one of the great cult favorites for decades - a status that is very hard to sustain. Moscow without Valery will be colder and more monotonous. He was a unique man and artist and he built a unique theatre from scratch. I'll never forget his brilliant one-day production of Sukhovo-Kobylin's entire trilogy. I would call that historical. His productions of Sorokin's "Dostoevsky-Trip" and Erdman's "The Suicide" - among others - were bracingly unexpected and truly powerful. He was 66.

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