web analytics
December 20, 2014 / 28 Kislev, 5775
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Russian Theater Troupe Takes Residence at Stanton Street Shul

This is Stanton's centennial year (it was founded back in 1913) and having an in house theatrical company seems absolutely in line with the shul's view of itself.
The Russian Arts Theater & Studio cast in the Stanton Street Shul sanctuary.

The Russian Arts Theater & Studio cast in the Stanton Street Shul sanctuary.

In September of 2012, the historic Stanton Street Shul opened its doors to The Russian Arts Theater & Studio, a non-profit theater company led by Artistic Director Aleksey Burago, a well-known theater director of Russian-Jewish background.
A graduate of Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS), Aleksey studied under world famous theater director Peter Fomenko, and has since directed many shows to great critical acclaim in Moscow and St. Petersburgh.
In 2004, Aleksey began his work to create a New York theater company that would pass on the traditions of Stanislavski and Chekhov, and introduce some lesser-known Russian repertoire to American audiences.

Last year, his itinerant company of actors and designers were graciously given the second floor of the Stanton Street synagogue, where they could work undisturbed and present their next project: Dr. Chekhov’s Swan Song + Other Prescriptions, a hilarious collection of short stories based on the writings of Anton Chekhov.

The actors were thrilled to find themselves at last with a home that is both temple and oasis. A friendship quickly developed between the volunteers of the Stanton Street Shul and the artists behind the theater company. The dusty second floor was soon bustling with new energy as actors began to rehearse night and day, singing songs of Russian country life.

This is Stanton’s centennial year (it was founded back in 1913) and having an in house theatrical company seems absolutely in line with the shul’s view of itself as a kind of cultural center–on top of its religious function–to the Jews of the newer Lower East Side.

 

Of course, the Lower East Side has been home to many Russian-Jews and Yiddish theater, and it was against this backdrop that the famous Stella Adler had her first steps on stage.

Now, as The Russian Arts Theater & Studio prepares for a four-week run of the beloved short stories of Anton Chekhov, they face the exciting challenge of transforming this one-hundred year old synagogue into a Chekhovian world. Previously presented at sold-out theaters, Aleksey Burago returns with his signature staging of Anton Chekhov:

An aging actor wakes up alone inside a theater and begins to recall the past, confusing memories with beautiful hallucinations. A dream play, this animated and eccentric show includes hilarious stories such as Death of the Government Clerk, Fat and Thin, A Chorus Girl, Surgery, A Little Joke, Daughter of Albion,  and Confessions.

Featuring legendary Russian actor Ernst Zorin of the Vakhtangov Theater, and set designer Olia Rogova of the Moscow Art Theater, a stunning mix of visual images is created and featured on two different levels.

For more information on the show, please visit Russiantheater.org.

Dr. Chekhov’s Swan Song + Other Prescriptions runs from February 26th to March 23rd. Performances are in English with bits in Russian.

stanton shul theater ad

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Russian Theater Troupe Takes Residence at Stanton Street Shul”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Posted to Twitter in Ferguson, MO by St. Louis County Police: "Bricks thrown at police, 2 police cars burned, gun seized by police. Tonight was disappointing."  Their motto is, "To protect and serve."
Prosecutor in Ferguson Case: ‘Witnesses Lied Under Oath’
Latest News Stories
Posted to Twitter in Ferguson, MO by St. Louis County Police: "Bricks thrown at police, 2 police cars burned, gun seized by police. Tonight was disappointing."  Their motto is, "To protect and serve."

Prosecutor in Ferguson case said ‘some witnesses lied under oath’ to support officer’s version of events.

Arab youth shoot fireworks during clashes with Border Police in Shuafat in Jerusalem.

PA Arabs are continuing near-daily clashes with IDF soldiers; on Friday, fierce fighting broke out after sermons at mosques.

False Alarm 2

Rocket fire was directed by Gaza terrorists at southern Israel’s Eshkol district on Friday for the third time since the summer.

Hamas on Temple Mount

Police must have been too busy arresting Jewish children to notice the Hamas rally on the Temple Mount today.

Was top Hezbollah terrorist a spy for Israel?

Reshet Bet has released their latest election poll…

Radical US Jewish lawyer involved in attempt to unite terrorists.

Israelis will Celiac disease will now be allowed to join combat units.

Teenager attacked Jews on their way to holy site.

Four in serious condition; doctors not sure why.

Liberman and Kachlon may merge right after elections – and the larger party will recommend Liberman for Prime Minister to the President.

A Chabad rabbinic student stabbed in “770″ has returned home from the hospital.

Arabs attacked an Israeli bus traveling between Arad and Be’er Sheva along Highway 31 Thursday evening.

The UN General Assembly approves resolution to refer N. Korea to the Intl Criminal Court at The Hague.

Israeli soldiers stand guard near large public menorah near the site where Dalia Lemkus, 26, was stabbed to death at a bus stop near the entrance to Alon Shvut last month.

US teachers are learning “3-D printing” from the Dept. of Defense.

More Articles from Jewish Press Staff
Aerial view of Herodian.

Excavations also turned up hidden tunnels dug by Jewish rebels in the period of the Bar Kokhba Revolt.

Shard of jar that contained olive oil dating back six centuries before Hanukkah.

“This is the earliest evidence of the use of olive oil in the country, and perhaps the entire Mediterranean basin.”

Suggested causes: pollution of water sources, radiation changes and the effects of a dwindling population.

A Toronto synagogue issued a rare Shabbat appeal to help the family.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

The new case of a 5-year-old makes it more difficult to fight NY and NJ quarantine policies.

Hamas is still in the mode of “give us a finger and we will take the whole hand.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/russian-theater-at-the-stanton-street-shul/2013/02/17/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: