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VASILY + FEDERICO...
(dramatic act based on Vasily Shukshin short stories and inspired by Federico Fellini art)

What can a Siberian and an Italian villager have in common? What brings them closer and what pulls apart? We may think all they have in common are rakes and shovels, but this is just a stereotype. In our view, they are very similar, almost like twin brothers: they breathe, suffer, hate and love the same way. Vasily Shukshin in New York is a rare treat and coupled with Federico Fellini’s genius, it becomes exclusive. STEPS Theatre uses an eclectic approach as a means to grasp the complex nature of "Shukshin's simplicity" and Felinni's polysemy".

Without any pretenses, just to listen to the diatribe of the melancholy long-legged clown, we are transported to the world of a faraway Russian seaside city. A planner named Cherednichenko falls in love at a resort. Adapted from the story, Cherednichenko and the Circus, we experience the lives of multiple characters, all of whom are mostly alone, and mostly unhappy. All of them fantasize about a distant, more beautiful life that they may never attain. The audience watches these stories unfold, every persona shown through the lens of a despondent Italian clown.

Director: Slava Stepnov
(Best Director Award, 21st International Theatre Festival Russian Classic-2016, Moscow, Russia)

Set and costume designer: Natasha Vikhlia
Lighting and graphic design: Lana Harrison
Fragments of the music by Nino Rota
Actors: Yelena Stroganova, David Varer, Roman Freud, Liza Kaymin, Sandra Glinka

Information and booking - 347-419-9191

The play will be performed in Russian with English supertitles.


STEPS Theatre was founded in 1997 by director Slava Stepnov.
It started with Chekhov's "Seagull," when the theater began to work with actors from different countries and different theater backgrounds, and produced plays in English, Russian and Spanish.
STEPS Theatre repertoire includes plays by Luigi Pirandello, George Byron Aleksandr Vampilov, Nina Sadur, Aleksandr Pushkin, Edward Albee, Julio Cortazar, Isaac Bashevis Singer and others.
STEPS Theatre plays an important part in a cultural life of a multinational Big Apple.

Steps Theatre would like to express gratitude to the following organizations: Cojeco, UJA Federation, DaNu Radio, RTVi, Brooklyn Arts Council, The Nancy Quinn Fund, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Materials for the Arts, which supported our production.  
  Theatre project in New York has to be in the context of multicultural dimension..
My credo is the ineluctability of coexistence where theatre becomes a universal language...
Slava Stepnov, Artistic Director
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