Chulpan Khamatova And Evgeny Mironov Star In ‘Theatre Of Nations’

PRODUCTION OF STRINDBERG’S MISS JULIE DIRECTED BY THOMAS OSTERMEIER; REZO GABRIADZE RETURNS TO NEW YORK CITY WITH RAMONA

AT LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL IN JULY

Celebrated actors Chulpan Khamatova and Evgeny Mironov return to the New York stage July 27–August 2 when Lincoln Center Festival presents Theatre of Nations’ production of August Strindberg’s poignant drama, Miss Julie, with up-and-coming stage and film actress Julia Peresild. Adapted by Russian playwright Mikhail Durnenkov, “one of the most famous and sought-after” playwrights (Prague Telegraph), this modern production is directed by Thomas Ostermeier, a leading force in contemporary theater and artistic director of Berlin’s Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz.Miss Julie will only have six performances at New York City Center.

Concurrent with performances of Miss Julie, “Georgian national treasure” (New York Times) and world-famous puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze returns for his fourth Lincoln Center Festival visit with only ten performances of Ramona by his Gabriadze Theatre company. This touching and comical puppet show is about two trains that fall tragically in love in the former Soviet Union. It will be performed in the Clark Studio Theater at Lincoln Center from July 27–August 1. Following the July 28 performance there will be a discussion featuring Rezo Gabriadze and others, moderated by Cheryl Henson, president of the Jim Henson Foundation. On August 1, LC Kids will host a hands-on puppet-building workshop introduced by internationally renowned Georgian puppeteer Leo Gabriadze and led by New York puppeteer and storyteller Erin Orr. VisitKids.LincolnCenter.org for more information.

For tickets, visit: LincolnCenterFestival.org.  Tickets are also available via CenterCharge, 212.721.6500, and at the Festival box office located at Avery Fisher Hall, 65th Street and Broadway.

Lincoln Center Festival lead support is provided by American Express. Major Support provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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About Theatre of Nations and Miss Julie

Celebrated Russian actors Chulpan Khamatova and Evgeny Mironov—artistic director of Moscow’s Theatre of Nations and award-winning star of such films as Valery Todorovsky’s Love (1991), Nikita Mikhalkov’s Oscar-winning Burnt by the Sun (1995), and the monumental TV adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot (2003)—will make a rare New York appearance when they star in August Strindberg’s drama Miss Julie, staged by iconoclastic German director Thomas Ostermeier, known for his provocative and stylishly contemporary stagings of Ibsen’s plays in recent years. This production, from Moscow’s Theatre of Nations, also features emerging actress Julia Peresild and premiered in Moscow in 2011. The play was adapted by Mikhail Durnenkov and hews to the original 1888 Swedish text, but uses contemporary language to characterize life in the new class structure of today’s Russia.

Set during a night in and around the kitchen of a large mansion, Miss Julie tells the story of a count’s daughter, who, bored with her life in the aristocracy, becomes the mistress of Jean, an educated servant in her father’s household. What ensues is a struggle for power as the main characters, representing the seemingly outdated and fading class of “haves” and the rising class of “have nots,” fight for dominance in a battle of words, lust, and psychological warfare. Jan Papplebaum’s impressionistic stainless steel set revolves, and the open kitchen has a video screen above it allowing the audience to see every aspect of the struggle between Jean and Miss Julie.

Film, TV, and theater star Chulpan Khamatova reprises her role as Miss Julie for the Festival. Miss Khamatova is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2012 Russian Federation National Artist Award for outstanding achievements in film and theatrical arts. Her co-star is two-time Russian Federation State Prize recipient Evgeny Mironov, who previously appeared atLincoln Center Festival 2009 in the acclaimed Chekhov International Theatre Festival production of Alexander Pushkin’s Boris Godunov, directed by Declan Donnellan and designed by Nick Ormerod, co-founders and co-Artistic Directors of Cheek by Jowl. Julia Peresild has appeared as Godmother Shirinkina in Bullfinches and Olga Petrovna in The Swedish Matchstick with Theater of Nations. On film, she has appeared in Eler Ishmukhamedov’s The Bride, Igor Zaitsev’s Yesenin, Shamil Nadzhafzade’s The Fortress, Katya Shagalova’s Once Upon a Time in the Provinces, and Alexei Uchitel’s The Captive.

Through innovative productions of works by playwrights as diverse as Marius von Mayenburg, Sarah Kane, and Henrik Ibsen,Thomas Ostermeier is considered to be one of the leading voices in contemporary theater. He has a singular directorial style that is lauded throughout Europe and the U.S. Since 1999, Ostermeier has served as the resident director and an artistic director of the Schaubühne. In 2004, Ostermeier was appointed associate artist for the Festival d’Avignon. In 2009, his production of Ibsen’s John Gabriel Borkman won the Grand Prize of French Critics, and his production of Hamlet was honored with the Barcelona Critics Prize. His productions of Nora (A Doll’s House), Hedda Gabler, and Hamlet have toured to festivals and theaters all over the world. Ostermeier was named an Officier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2010.

Theatre of Nations is a unique structure within the system of the Russian cultural institutions. In terms of the scope and versatility of its activities, it has no analogues in the practices of national theater. Founded in 1987 under the name the Theatre of Friendship, it was renamed in 1991 as the State Theatre of Nations.

The Theatre of Nations develops and implements a variety of theater programs, organizes and holds national and international festivals, presents the best Russian and foreign productions of all genres and trends, produces its own performances, and pursues the ultimate goal of bringing up a new generation of theater practitioners.

The regular festival programs of the Theatre of Nations include the Shakespeare@Shakespeare project, Another Theatre from France FestivalTheatres of the Small Towns of Russia Festival, and its satellite program of supporting theaters of in Russian towns. The Theatre of Nations also organizes the TERRITORI? International Festival and School of Contemporary Performing Arts.

The activities of the Theatre of Nations are in many ways exclusive. Thus, it introduces the Russian audiences to works created by outstanding members of the European theater community. These include the mono-play Vladimir or the Flight Cut Short by French theater and film star Marina Vlady and Faust-Fantasy based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s Faust, staged and performed by one of the present-day’s greatest European directors, Peter Stein.

Another creative project of the Theatre of Nations, One Play Festival, was timed for the 120th anniversary of the premiere of Chekhov’s Ivanov at the famous Korsh Theatre in Moscow that now accommodates the headquarters of the Theatre of Nations.

The Theatre of Nations dedicates a significant part of its artistic life to its own productions. It is currently working on Pushkin’s fairy tales directed by Robert Wilson, which premiered in June 2015, and Ivanov, directed by Luc Bondy, which premiered in April 2015, and recently produced Hamlet/Collage, directed by Robert Lepage. Its repertoire boasts a variety of genres and names of stage directors, including performances by such artists of European fame as Alvis Hermanis (Latvia), Eimuntas Nekrosius (Lithuania), Thomas Ostermeier (Germany), Javor Gardev (Bulgaria), director Andrey Moguchy (Russia), as well as performances by young directors Nikita Grinshpun, Tufan Imamutdinov, Timofei Kulyabin, and Dmitry Volkostrelov, most of whom made their professional debut on the Theater of Nations stage.

The Theatre of Nations has been constantly touring, in most cases, as a member of major Russian and European theater festivals. Performances by the Theater of Nations have repeatedly received various prestigious awards and honors.

Theatre of Nations, Moscow

Evgeny Mironov, Artistic Director, Miss Julie

By August Strindberg

July 27?August 2, 2015 (Critics performance is Monday, July 27 at 7:30 PM)

Six performances, New York City Center (130 West 56th Street)

Directed by Thomas Ostermeier

Adaptation by Mikhail Durnenkov

Set design by Jan Papplebaum

With: Evgeny Mironov, Chulpan Khamatova, and Julia Peresild

Performed in Russian with English supertitles

Running time: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with no intermission

Performance schedule: Monday, July 27 at 7:30 PM; Tuesday, July 28 at 7:30 PM; Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 PM; Friday, July 31 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, August 1 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, August 2 at 2 PM

The Lincoln Center Festival 2015 presentation of Miss Julie is made possible in part by generous support from The Trust for Mutual Understanding and the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

About Gabriadze Theatre and Ramona

Lincoln Center Festival 2015 welcomes the return of Rezo Gabriadze and his acclaimed puppet theater troupe from the Republic of Georgia, Gabriadze Theatre. Gabriadze, a master of stage magic, is internationally celebrated for his works of fantasy and wit that are filled with beautiful, elliptical melancholy. His company made its New York debut at Lincoln Center Festival 2002 with two of his signature works, the elegiac The Battle of Stalingrad and The Autumn of My Springtime, to critical and audience raves. Gabriadze returned to the Festival in 2004 with his play Forbidden Christmas, or the Doctor and the Patient, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov as a man who tries to turn himself into a car, and again in 2010 with a reprise of The Battle of Stalingrad.

Like Gabriadze’s previous puppet plays, Ramona is produced with extraordinary puppets, gifted puppeteers, and sets made from such commonplace objects as string, bits of cloth, twigs, and wire. It tells the story of two ill-fated steam engines, Ramona and Ermon, who fall in love in the USSR. As the dashing locomotive Ermon chugs across Siberia, Ramona, a shunting engine (only able to move 300 meters in either direction), must remain in a small train station in Rioni. Through a heartrending series of events, ever-romantic Ramona and heroic Ermon keep missing each other, deeply saddening the other characters, who include a runaway hen, a wild boar, and a circus troupe. This humorously stark tale of compassion and loss is accompanied by music inspired by Georgian folk songs.

Gabriadze Theatre was founded in 1981.  Besides designing, constructing, and directing works of puppet theater, Rezo Gabriadze, a 78-year-old artist, has been a writer, sculptor, graphic artist, journalist, theater and film director, builder, and forester. Gabriadze’s exhibits have been shown in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Lausanne, Rome, Paris, Berlin, and other cities. He was a participant in Munich’s From Einstein to Tarkovsky exhibit. His paintings, graphics, and sculpture pieces are found in numerous state and private collections in the United States, Russia, Germany, Israel, Japan, and France. He counts among his awards Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. His other prizes include the Golden Mask, the Triumph, the Golden Sofit, and many more. For his film work, Rezo Gabriadze has won the Grand Prize of the International Moscow Film Festival and the Nika Prize, among others.

Gabriadze’s native Georgia is a small country in the Caucasus Mountains that even in the darkest Soviet times was known for endowing its inhabitants with a strong visual sensibility and vivid sense of humor. In an interview in a St. Petersburg theater journal Gabriadze said, “I am sustained by the tiniest, the most miniscule details — pauses between words, music, silence, the wind and random glances.”  Of Gabriadze, Peter Brook, award-winning theaer and film director, said: “He is a creator of great ingenuity. His imagery is deeply personal and it brings to the theater a quality of poetic and transcendental realism for which I know no equivalent.”

Gabriadze Theatre, Tbilisi, Georgia

Ramona (North American Premiere)

July 27—August 1, 2015 (Critics performance is Monday, July 27 at 7 PM)

10 Performances, Clark Studio Theater (165 West 65th Street, 7th Floor)

Directed by Rezo Gabriadze

Performed in Georgian with English supertitles

Running time: approximately one hour and 15 minutes with no intermission

Performance schedule: Monday, July 27 at 7 PM; Tuesday, July 28 at 7 PM; Wednesday, July 29 at 6 and 9 PM; Thursday, July 30 at 6 and 9 PM; Friday, July 31 at 6 and 9 PM; Saturday, August 1 at 3 and 7 PM.

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