John Freedman

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PLAYs PRODUCED, scripts filmed

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Around the Globe Chain Play, one scene in an experimental piece composed by 16 authors working consecutively over a period running from Feb. 23 to March 19, 2013. The full list of playwrights included Dominique Morisseau (US), Bekah Brunstetter (US), Van Badham (Australia), Mixkaela Villalon (Philippines), Janice Poon (Hong Kong), Abdelrahem Alawji (Lebanon), Jeton Neziraj (Kosovo),  John Freedman (Russia), Ulrike Syha (Germany),  Enver Husicic (Netherlands), Zainabu Jallo (Nigeria), Beatriz Cabur (Spain), Sarah Grochala (England), Sigtryggur Magnason (Iceland), Caridad Svich (US). A staged reading was directed by Doug Howe on World Theater Day, March 27, at Lark Play Development Company in NY. Information about the project is available here. Live webcast of the reading took place March 27 at 7 p.m. EST. It is now available as a podcast.

Dancing, Not Dead, a play produced in a series of rolling premieres scheduled from Aug. 2011 to Jan. 2012. Information may be found here

---. Berlin. August 20, 2011. Reading directed by Jake Witlen. Performed in English by Eva-Maria Kurz, Paula Koch and Wil Rottgen. Archived video streams of rehearsals and the reading itself may be found here

---. Moscow, Lyubimovka Festival at Teatr.doc. September 11, 2011. Reading directed by Georg Genoux. Performed in Russian by Rimma Solntseva, Oksana Mysina and Georg Genoux in a translation by Alexei Burykin. Rehearsal photos may be seen here; reading photos may be seen here. December 19, 2011 at the Joseph Beuys Theater/Andrei Sakharov Center. Reading directed by Georg Genoux. Performed in Russian by Natalya Tenyakova, Oksana Mysina and John Freedman in a translation by Alexei Burykin. 

---. Bucharest, at Green Hours. October 4, 2011. Reading directed by Ana Margineanu. Performed in Romanian by Maria Ploae, Katia Pascariu and Virgil Aioanei in a translation by Bogdan Budes. Video design by Cinty Ionescu.

---. New York. October 30, 2011, 2 p.m. Directed by Doug Howe and Jeremy Lydic. Performed by Orietta Crispino, Hank Kim and Sarah Oliva.

        ---. Breaking String Theatre, Austin, TX. March 11, 2012. Reading directed by Daria Davis.

---.Tomsk Drama Theater, Tomsk, Russia. April 26, 2014. Directed by Alexander Ogaryov. Photos may be seen here.

The Firebird, a performance piece composed by Double Edge Theater, Jennifer Johnson and John Freedman, Double Edge Theatre, Ashfield, MA, July 24 to August 22, 2010. Directed by Stacy Klein.

Five Funny Tales from the Heart of Buenos Aires, a ten-minute monologue commissioned by Pop Up Theatrics for the 2013 Long Distance Affair project. Directed by Benjamin Mosse and performed by Monina Bonelli, for whom specifically the piece was written. Multiple performances took place each night on Feb. 12, 19, 26 and 28, 2013, for a total of approximately 45. Monina performed in Buenos Aires; spectators watched by skype in New York. General information about this unique project available here and here. A feature about Monina Bonelli's work on the project is available here.

      ---. Pop Up Theatrics production at the Rough Draft Festival, La Guardia Performing Arts Center in New York, April 12, 2013. 12 performances of the ten-minute piece, directed by Benjamin Mosse and performed by Monina Bonelli.

      ---. Pop Up Theatrics production at the Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, U.K., August 7 to 22 2013. Approximately 40 performances total. Directed by Benjamin Mosse and performed by Monina Bonelli.

      ---. Around the World in Eight Plays, annual international new play festival at the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN. Performances to take place November 5-15, 2015. Information here and here and here

Nikolai Erdman: A Shot of Suicide. Script for a documentary film co-written with Viktor Korkiya. Directed by Alexei Burykin. Russian ORT, aired Sept. 16, 2004.

Provoking Theatre: The Playwright and Director Center and American Students at the Moscow Art Theater. Script for a documentary film produced by FilmPROM (Moscow). Directed by Yelena Zhigaeva. Aired on Russia Today TV, Jan./Feb. 2007.

Provoking Theatre: Anton Chekhov. Script for a documentary film produced by FilmPROM (Moscow). Directed by Yelena Zhigaeva. Aired on Russia Today TV, Feb. 2007 and aired repeatedly on various Russian and European culture and news channels through at least 2010.

---. Bucharest. September 10, 2011.  
---. Bucharest. September 10, 2011.  
---. Bucharest. September 10, 2011.  
---. Bucharest. September 10, 2011.
---. Bucharest. September 10, 2011.
---. New York. October 30, 2011, 2 p.m. Directed by Doug Howe and Jeremy Lydic. Performed by Orietta Crispino, Hank Kim and Sarah Oliva
---. New York. October 30, 2011, 2 p.m. Directed by Doug Howe and Jeremy Lydic. Performed by Orietta Crispino, Hank Kim and Sarah Oliva
        ---. Breaking String Theatre, Austin, TX. March 11, 2012. Reading directed by Daria Davis
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Almost Aivazov by Maksym Kurochkin. Staged reading of a dramaticule directed by Katherine Mendeloff at University of MI, Ann Arbor. March 12, 2012.

The Black Monk as adapted by Kama Ginkas from the story by Anton Chekhov. Breaking String Theater, Austin, TX. A reading directed by Graham Schmidt. May 31, 2014.

          ---. August 14 to 24, 2014, at the Long Center's Rollins Studio, Austin, TX, a production of Breaking String Theater. To be directed by Graham Schmidt.

Circuit Breaker by Maksym Kurochkin, at Acme Corporation's Rogue Waves, a night of short plays at the Bell Foundry, Baltimore, MD. February 10, 11, 17 and 18, 2012. Directed by Yury Urnov.

          ---. Staged reading of a dramaticule directed by Katherine Mendeloff at University of MI, Ann Arbor. March 12, 2012.

          ---. Production as part of LoNyLa's London-based TimeWave festival, June 23, 2013. Directed by Stephen Whitson, with Matthew Walker as the grandson and Arthur Kohn as the grandfather. Schedule of the full festival offerings, which ran June 19-23, is available here. The performance was streamed live.

Common Values by Maksym Kurochkin. Staged reading of a dramaticule directed by Katherine Mendeloff at University of MI, Ann Arbor. March 12, 2012.

Dulcey and Roxy at City Hall by Maksym Kurochkin. World-premiere staging directed by Graham Schmidt took place May 2 to 17, 2014, Breaking String Theater at Salvage Vanguard Theater, Austin, TX. Developmental workshop was conducted by Schmidt Nov. 2 to 6, 2013, with a public reading held on the 6th. Excellent preview here

Flying by Olga Mukhina, Towson University Department of Theatre Arts, Towson, MD. October-November, 2008. Workshop and staged reading directed by Yury Urnov.

---Breaking String Theater, Austin, TX. January 28 to Feb. 19, 2011. Directed by Graham Schmidt. Information here.

      ---. Cultural Studies Department, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. March 7-10, 2013. Directed by Diana Manole. Information here.

Frozen in Time by Vyacheslav Durnenkov. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts, Towson, MD. April 27 to May 7, 2010. Directed by Peter Wray.

I am Me by Alexandra Chichkanova. Spring, 2011. Workshop conducted in New York by Nicole Kontolefa and Andrew Merkel.

---. Studio 6, Brooklyn, New York. September 14 to Oct. 20, 2013. Directed and performed by Nicole Kontolefa in and around Prospect Park. Information here. In Russian (по-русски) here.  

---. Studio 6 production played in English in Yekaterinburg at Nikolai Kolyada's Kolyada Theater during the annual Kolyada Plays festival on May 29, 3 p.m. (Russian-language performances took place May 28 at 2 and 4 p.m.) Nicole was awarded the festival's Grand Prix for her production and performance.

        ---. Studio 6, New York and Brooklyn. Sept. 27 to Oct. 12, 2014, at Madison Square Park (Sept. 27-28), Central Park (Oct. 4-5), Prospect Park (Oct. 11-12) and, in Russian, on Brighton Beach (Oct. 13). Tickets and information available here.   

         ---. Studio 6. Madison, Wisconsin. October 23 and 24, 2015.  

I am the Machine Gunner by Yury Klavdiev. WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, Clemson, S.C., June 14, 2008. A reading staged by David M. White.

---. Generous Company, Baltimore, MD at Towson University. December 4, 5 and 6, 2009. Workshop production directed by David M. White. 

---. Generous Company, Baltimore, MD. September 4 to 12, 2010, at the Theatre Project, Baltimore, MD. Directed by David M. White. 

---. Generous Company, Baltimore, MD. October 9 and 10, 2010,  at the Raue Center for the Arts, Crystal Lake, IL. Directed by David M. White.

---. Generous Company, Baltimore, MD. November 12 to 14, 2010, at the New Village Arts Theatre, Carlsbad, CA. Directed by David M. White.

        ---. University of Chicago, The Soviet Arts Experience festival. January 14, 2011. Reading directed by Brian LaDuca.

        ---. Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Fairhaven, WA. Oct. 21 to 23, 2011. Directed by Mark Kuntz. On a bill with Natasha's Dream

        ---. Breaking String Theater, Austin, TX. February 7 to 16, 2013. Performed with David M. White's translation of Klavdiev's Martial Arts under the general title of Strike, directed by Graham Schmidt.

---. Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, a reading offered as part of a forum on Russian and Ukrainian theater. May 29, 2014.

        ---. Philadelphia Fringe Festival, September 7 to 23, 2017, directed by Sterling Melcher.

I Won and Natasha’s Dream by Yaroslava Pulinovich. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts, Towson, MD. February 3, 4, May 5 and 8, 2010. Directed by Stephen Nunns. (Performed on tour in Varna, Bulgaria, June 9, 2010, and in Bratislava, Slovakia, June 18, 2010).

---. Boom Arts at Lincoln Hall Studio Theatre, Portland State University. Readings to be directed by Karin Magaldi, November 21 to 23, 2013, 7:30 p.m., as part of the International Plays in Translation series. Information available here. More information is available here and a radio program about the project is available here.

I Won, Natasha’s Dream and Letter to Dima Bilan by Yaroslava Pulinovich. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts at Charlestown Working Theater, Boston, MA. June 8 to 11, 2011. Directed by Stephen Nunns.

---. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts at the Modicums Festival, New York, NY. July 12 to 14, 2011. Directed by Stephen Nunns.

Kitchen by Maksym Kurochkin. University of MI, Ann Arbor. March 17, 2010. Directed by Kate Mendeloff.

---. WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, Clemson, SC. June 2010. Workshop directed by David M. White. Dramaturg Erik Ramsey.

The Love of Karlovna by Olga Mukhina, Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C., September 2004. Reading directed by Christopher Gallu.

The Market From Above, by Maksym Kurochkin. Staged reading of a dramaticule directed by Katherine Mendeloff at University of MI, Ann Arbor. March 12, 2012.

A Meeting About Laughter by Nikolai Erdman and Vladimir Mass, Chambers Theatre Company, Australia. March 8 to April 20, 2002 in seven Australian towns. Directed by Cecelia Specht and Jasper Bagg.

Mozart's Last Mistake by Dmitry Minchyonok. St. Olaf College. Reading. May 4, 2011.

Natasha’s Dream by Yaroslava Pulinovich. Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. July 18, 2010. Reading directed by Kyle Donnelly.

        --- St. Olaf College. Reading. May 2, 2011.

        --- Firehouse Performing Arts Center, Fairhaven, WA. Oct. 21 to 23, 2011. Directed by Mark Kuntz. On a bill with I am the Machine Gunner.

        --- Little Times Square Theater, New York. May 26, 2012. Directed by Tamilla Woodard.

        --- Iowa Writers Workshop, Iowa City, IA. Sept. 15, 2016. A public reading.

        --- Portland Stage, fall 2016. A public reading.

        ---New York Theatre Workshop, fall 2016. A public reading. 

Nocturne by Adam Rapp, a Russian adaptation by Maksym Kurochkin from an annotated translation by John Freedman. New American Plays for Russia project at the Playwright and Director Center, Moscow. November 22, 2011. Reading directed and acted by John Freedman.

        ---. New American Plays for Russia project at On.Teatr, St. Petersburg. November 27, 2011. Reading directed and acted by Dmitry Volkostrelov.

        ---. Moscow Young Spectator Theater (New Generation Theater). Premiere Dec. 13, 2012, to Spring, 2015. Directed by Kama Ginkas.

        ---. Yekaterinburg Young Spectator Theater at the Yekaterinburg Actors House. May 22, 2013. Reading directed and acted by Oleg Gettse, with added performance by Alesya Maas.

        ---. Youth Art Theater, Ulan-Ude. November 22, 2015. A reading directed by Oleg Koba. 

The Polar Truth by Yury Klavdiev. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts, Towson, MD. November 12, 13 and 14, 2009. Directed by Joseph Ritsch.

---. The City Varsity School of Theater, Cape Town, South Africa. June 13 and 14, 2010. Directed by Peter Van Heerden.

A Political Play by Lasha Bugadze (translated by Maya Mamaladze and me). Staged reading directed by Bob Jones. Breaking String Theater, Austin, TX. Feb. 9, 2013.

Religion as Grounds for Pragmatism, or, The Pocket Mahatma by Maksym Kurochkin. Staged reading of a dramaticule directed by Katherine Mendeloff at University of MI, Ann Arbor. March 12, 2012.

Repress and Excite by Maksym Kurochkin. Breaking String Theater. January 30, 2011. Reading directed by James Loehlin.

Rothschild’s Fiddle [supertitles], Yale Repertory Theatre and Moscow New Generation Theater, January 15-31, 2004. Directed by Kama Ginkas.

The Russian National Postal Service by Oleg Bogaev, Studio Theatre, Washington, D.C., September 12 to October 24, 2004. Directed by Paul Mullins.

---. Western Theatre Conspiracy, Vancouver, B.C., December 4-5, 2005. A reading staged by Richard Wolfe.

The Schooling of Bento Bonchev by Maksym Kurochkin. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts, Towson, MD. Feb. 3, March 19 and May 8, 2010. Readings staged by Yury Urnov.

---. University of MI, Ann Arbor. March 16, 2010. Reading directed by Kate Mendeloff.  

---. (Selected scenes read.) TCG Conference, Chicago, IL, June 18, 2010. Directed by Yury Urnov. 

        ---. St. Olaf College. Reading. May 3, 2011.

        ---. Breaking String Theater, Austin, TX. March 9-31, 2012. Directed by Graham Schmidt. Information here.

         ---. Theater For You, Timisoara, Romania. Reading. October 23 to 25, 2015. 

         ---. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre, University of Maryland at College Park. April 28-May 6, 2017.

Someone Else by Pyotr Gladilin. Stage Island international theater forum, Hiiumaa Island, Estonia. Workshop conducted from August 12 to 18, 2013, concluding with a performance directed by Sergei Kokovkin on Aug. 18.

         ---. Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 6. Excerpts directed by Tanner Cole, a student of the Theater Department of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Performances: Feb. 24, 25 and 26, 2015.

         ---. Dialogue Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Directed by Vladimir Pitchko. Performances scheduled for the Edmonton Fringe Festival, August 2016. 

The Store by Olzhas Zhanaidarov, Lark Play Development Company, NY, November 1 to November 4, 2015. Workshop directed by Alfredo Narciso.

The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman, Oregon State University, January 27 to February 5, 2000. Directed by Vreneli Farber.

---. Meany Studio Theater at Washington State University, February 5 to 16, 2003. Directed by Mark Vail. 

---. National Theatre School of Canada, February 27 to March 3, 2007. Directed by Alexander Marin. 

---. 1st Stage Theater, McLean, VA, September 18 to October 12, 2008. Directed by Mark Conley/Krikstan. 

---. Santa Barbara City College, March 10 to 20, 2010. Directed by Katherine Laris.

  ---. Leeds University Union Theatre Group, U.K., October 10 to 13, 2010. Directed by Georgia Murphy. 

---. BASH Theatre, Seattle, WA. December 3 to 19, 2010. Directed by George Lewis. 

---. University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. February 18 to 26, 2011. Directed by Steve Pearson.

---. Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL. March 21 to 23, 2014. Directed by Matt Hawkins. 

Tanya-Tanya by Olga Mukhina, California Institute of the Arts School of Theater, Los Angeles, December 9-13, 2005. Directed by Mira Stunkel-Kingsley.

---. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts, Towson, MD. January - February, 2008. Workshop led by Yury Urnov.

Trash by Mikhail Durnenkov, Breaking String Theater, Austin, TX. February 9, 2013. Staged reading directed by Beth Burns. 

  ---. Dash Arts, Coventry, UK. May 1, 2015. Reading staged by Tim Supple.

Winter War by Yevgeny Kazachkov, Stage Island International Seminar on Contemporary Playwriting, Hiiumaa Island, Estonia. Staged reading, in conjunction with the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, directed by Mikhail Mokeev, August 12, 2014.  

YoU by Olga Mukhina, Lark Theater, New York, Sept. 2001. Workshopped with Michael Johnson-Chase.

---. Studio Theatre, Washington D.C., September 2004. Reading directed by Blakeman Brophy.

---. Breaking String Theater, Austin, TX, January 29, 2011. Reading directed by Liz Fisher.

The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman. BASH Theatre, Seattle, WA. Scheduled for December 2010. Directed by George Lewis.
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        ---. St. Olaf College. Reading. May 3, 2011.
        ---. St. Olaf College. Reading. May 3, 2011.
        ---. St. Olaf College. Reading. May 3, 2011.
---. Towson 
---. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts, Towson, MD. January - February, 2008
---. Towson University Department of Theatre Arts, Towson, MD. January - February, 2008


TRANSLATIONS PRODUCED As supertitles


The Blue Bird by Maurice Maeterlinck, with interpolations of Alexander Pushkin, Anton Chekhov, Leonid Zorin and others. In repertory at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. Supertitles went live July 9-11, 2016.

Drillalians by Boris Yukhananov. An opera libretto in repertory at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. June 8, 2015 to present.

The Gift by Yevgeny Kamenkovch after Vladimir Nabokov. Fomenko Workshop Theater, Moscow, 2014 to present.

The Ideal Husband by Konstantin Bogomolov, based on writings by Oscar Wilde, Anton Chekhov, Goethe and others. Asian Arts Theater Festival, Gwangju, South Korea, September 18 and 19, 2015. Information here.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. Fomenko Workshop Theatre, Moscow, 2016 to present.

Olympia by Olga Mukhina. Fomenko Workshop Theater, Moscow, 2015 to present.

The Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco. Fomenko Workshop Theater, Moscow, 2014 to present. 

Rothschild’s Fiddle, Yale Repertory Theatre and Moscow New Generation Theater, January 15-31, 2004. Directed by Kama Ginkas.

Spring Freshets (as A Russian on a Rendezvous) by Ivan Turgenev. Fomenko Workshop Theater, Moscow, 2013 to present.

Theatrical Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov. Fomenko Workshop Theater, Moscow, 2014 to present.

Uzbek by Talgat Batalov and Yekaterina Bondarenko, Asian Arts Theater Festival, Gwangju, South Korea, September 16 and 17, 2015. Information here.

        ---. GRAD Documentary Theatre Program, London. October 23, 2015. Information here.

Without a Dowry by Alexander Ostrovsky. Fomenko Workshop Theater, Moscow, 2013 to present. 

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