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TUTA Theatre Chicago Presents the U.S. Premiere of
By Maxim Dosko
Newly Translated and Adapted by Natalia Fedorova & Amber Robinson
Directed by Amber Robinson
October 17 – December 2, 2018
I'll be out for the press opening on October 25th, so check back soon for my full review.
TUTA Theatre Chicago is pleased to present the U.S. Premiere of RADIO CULTURE, an intimate depiction of one day in the life of a young Belorussian, by writer and artist Maxim Dosko, in a new English translation by Natalia Fedorova and Amber Robinson, directed by Amber Robinson. RADIO CULTURE will play October 17 – December 2, 2018 at TUTA Theatre, 4670 N. Manor Ave. in Chicago. Reservations are currently available here.
RADIO CULTURE features Huy Nguyen, Wain Parham and Kevin V. Smith, with understudy Victor Bayona.
Winner of the award for Best Experimental Writing in the Belarus Free Theatre’s 2014 International Contest of Contemporary Drama, RADIO CULTURE is a fascinating example of the “New Drama” movement in contemporary Eastern European theater. By examining a single day in the life of a young Belorussian, as if under a microscope, RADIO CULTURE reveals how change can germinate inside of a person even within a culture that resists change at every step. Staged in an intimate installation, TUTA’s production takes a subtly profound and unexpected journey around the globe to peer in to our interior worlds, and the irresistible, transformative power of listening.
The production team for RADIO CULTURE includes: Eleanor Kahn (scenic design), Rachel Sypniewski (costume design) Keith Parham (lighting design), Jeffrey Levin (sound design), Letitia Guillaud (props design), Rick Gilbert and Victor Bayona (movement and violence consultants), Kim Morris (assistant director) Milan Pribisic (dramaturg) and Becky Warner (stage manager).
Location: TUTA Theatre Chicago, 4670 N. Manor Ave., Chicago
Dates: Previews: Wednesday, October 17 at 8 pm, Thursday, October 18 at 8 pm, Saturday, October 20 at 8 pm, Sunday, October 21 at 3 pm, Wednesday, October 24 at 8 pm
Regular run: Saturday, October 27 – Sunday, December 2, 2018
Curtain times: Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm; Sundays at 3 pm. Please note: there will be an added performance on Wednesday, October 24 at 8 pm; there will not be performances on Thursday, November 22 at 8 pm and Friday, November 23 at 8 pm.
Tickets: Suggested donation of $25 - $30 for adults. ($20 during previews). Reservations can be made at www.tutatheatre.org/upcoming-radio-culture/. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are highly recommended. All reservations must be claimed no later than 15 minutes before a performance or they will be released. There will be no late seating.
About the Artists
Maxim Dosko (Playwright) is a photographer and playwright living in Minsk, Belarus. Originally trained as a radio engineer, Dosko has been working as an independent artist since 2003. Several of his plays have been staged by the Belarus Free Theatre, including And compassion suddenly opens up before her eyes, Titan and Onyx, and received readings in Russia, Poland Ukraine and England.
Amber Robinson (Director, Translator, Adapter) is a Chicago-based director and performer with a focus on international theatre practices. In addition to TUTA, Amber is a member of Akvavit Theatre, where she co-directed "Hitler On The Roof (a play for two clowns)", recently remounted at Theatre On The Lake. Amber has worked in New York with TUTA at 59e59 Theaters, and at The Signature Theater with Emma Stanton’s award-winning play No Candy. In Chicago, Amber has worked with many storefront companies including Strange Tree, Forks & Hope, Strawdog, Collaboraction, Redmoon and Emerald City, and Grey Ghost Theatre. Amber is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and the Moscow Art Theatre.
Natalia Fedorova (Translator, Adapter) is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of Culture (BA in Directing) and the Vakhtangov Theatre Institute (MFA in Stage Movement). She has taught stage movement and jazz-dance in the Moscow Art Theater school, interpreted in the MAT international programs and worked as a freelance translator in the US Embassy in Moscow and in many cultural institutions including the Bolshoy Theatre, The Kremlin Museums and a number of theatre festivals. Natalia currently teaches pure movement at Rose Bruford College the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and works as a freelance translator and contributor for Digital Theatre. She closely collaborates with Routledge Publishing House as a reader, translator and contributor to the Routledge Performance Archive. In 2011, Routledge released her translation of Andrey Droznin’s book “Physical Actor Training” and a DVD of the same name featuring her teaching the Droznin Method to English students. Her translation of the last Droznin’s book What shall I do with the body they gave me? was published by Routledge in 2017.
About TUTA Theatre Chicago
TUTA was established in 1995 in Washington, D.C. by co-founders Zeljko and Natasha Djukic, who brought a unique sense of artistic expression from their European homeland. In 2002, they relocated the company to Chicago. In the ensuing decade, TUTA has presented numerous U.S. premieres of foreign plays from France, Russia, Austria, and Serbia. TUTA has produced six world premieres, four U.S. premieres, four Midwest premieres and a number of modern re-imagining of classics. TUTA's productions have been listed on Chicago critics' 'Best of the Year' list seven times in the past ten years, and have been produced nationally (in LA and Off-Broadway in NYC) and internationally (in Serbia with the National Theatre in Belgrade). Earlier in the 2018 season TUTA presented the NYC premiere of The Edge of Our Bodies, by Adam Rapp at 59E59 Theatres Off-Broadway.