Program in Comparative Literature

Breaking String Theater: Flying - January 28-February 19

Mon, February 14, 2011 | The Off Center (2211 Hidalgo Street, Austin, TX 78702)

8:00 PM

Breaking String Theater: Flying - January 28-February 19

Breaking String Theater, in association with
The Rude Mechanicals, proudly presents…
The North American Premiere of 
Olga Mukhina’s
Translated by John Freedman

Breaking String is working in collaboration with both Olga Mukhina and critic / translator John Freedman in the development of this production. Thanks to generous support from the Center for International Theater Development and its director, Philip Arnoult, two of Russia’s most prominent and important contemporary playwrights will be present for the premiere: Maksym Kurochkin and Olga Mukhina.

When: January 28, 29, 30, February 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19
Performances at 8:00pm; Sundays at 5:00pm

Saturday, February 12 – First-ever professional Reading of Olga Mukhina’s first play: THE LOVE OF KARLOVNA
Location: The Off Center (2211 Hidalgo Street, Austin, TX 78702)
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased by calling the Breaking String box office at 512-784-1465 We sell $10 student-rush tickets at 10 minutes 'til 8, every performance night; Our Wednesday performance is pay-what-you-can!

About FLYING (2004): A group of Russia’s so-called “golden youth,” smart, talented, well-heeled twenty-somethings are heading for disaster. Among them are DJs, VJs, PR agents and on-screen presenters for a hot new youth-oriented Moscow television production company. These people, with hip-sounding names like Snowstorm, Maniac, Snowflake and Orangina, are creating and living the images that will define the future. None wastes much time thinking about why one of their group is repeatedly battered by her husband or why another constantly takes tranquilizers to maintain her cool, collected image. But when an unsullied teenage girl joins their group one day, they are compelled to look beyond the usual limits of their purview. And when Snowstorm is arrested for possession of drugs and Orangina undergoes a religious experience, the insular nature of their world is quickly breached.

About the playwight: OLGA MUKHINA
 - With the end of the Soviet Union in 1991 came tremendous upheaval in Russian society, and the prevailing opinion that no new plays were being written. Enter Olga Mukhina – a mysterious and fiercely independent playwriting student from Moscow, who burst into Russia’s theater community in 1997 with a reading of her first play, “Tanya-Tanya.” Within a year of its premiere at Moscow’s Fomenko Studio, “Tanya-Tanya” was translated into five languages; the Moscow production toured Poland, Germany and Bulgaria; later, American professional practitioners and students took on Mukhina’s work, and FLYING has been staged at the Towson University MFA Program in Theatre, as well as the California Institute of the Arts School of Theater in LA, Californa. As for Mukhina’s work in Russia, her second professional premiere came with her play, “YoU,” which premiered at the Moscow Art Theatre in 2001. Some critics argue that Mukhina’s debut helped kick off a spectacularly productive period in Russian theater, often referred to as the New Drama Movement. Said playwright Mikhail Ugarov, “Olga Mukhina is the Little Red Riding Hood of contemporary Russian drama. She had the nerve to go out there in the woods, not fearing the wolf.” 

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