Theatre Novi Most will be presenting a season of work in 2017 that includes a major bilingual world premiere, a new adaptation of a European classic and a Russian play reading series in collaboration with The Museum of Russian Art.
APRIL 10-23, 2017
THE MASTER BUILDER by HENRIK IBSEN
Adapted by Vladimir Rovinsky
Produced as part of ARTShare at the Southern Theatre
Cast features Pearce Bunting, Barbra Berlovitz and Shelby Richardson
Following our acclaimed staging of THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov, Theatre Novi Most will present another classic of the European theatrical canon with this complex drama by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The story follows master architect Halvard Solness (Pearce Bunting) and his wife Aline (Barbra Berlovitz) through an existential mid life crisis involving past losses that still haunt and profound fear about the future. The challenges of a bright young woman (Shelby Richardson) seem to bring some answers. But as always, Ibsen keeps us in suspense. This story is highly charged with secret desires, stunning poetic language, Freudian and Nietzschean motives and… there is that “troll”.
DANCING ON THE EDGE by ADAM KRAAR
The cast includes Theatre Novi Most co-founder Lisa Channer in the role of Duncan and Twin Cities based actor Sasha Andreev as Esenin
Directed by Vladimir Rovinsky
TNM presents the world premiere of new play by Adam Kraar about the tumultuous marriage of American modern dance pioneer Isadora Duncan and Russian poet Sergei Esenin. Dancing on the Edge takes place in Russia, Boston and Europe in 1920 at the dawn of the Soviet Union and follows the passionate pairing of these two celebrated artists. A poetic examination of Russian/American relations and a look at two remarkable historical figures, this play has been in development since 2011. The project is being produced in collaboration with the Isadora Duncan International Institute in NY and is choreographed by IDII artistic director Jeanne Bresciani. After its premiere in Minneapolis (location TBD) the project will tour to New York.
TNM will be starting a Russian play reading series at The Museum of Russian Art featuring professional Twin Cities actors.
The staged readings will be English language translations of Russian classic texts by Turgenev, Chekhov, Pushkin and others, and will be performed by Twin Cities professional actors. Exact titles will be announced in December.
LOOKING BACK ON 2016
In 2016 Theatre Novi Most produced a variety of new works here and on tour
In March we presented our highly acclaimed production of THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov directed by Vladimir Rovinsky at the Southern Theatre as part of ARTShare; in March we were also happy to present workshops in Michael Chekhov acting techniques with visiting Russian master teacher Elena Kuzina and were honored to be part of the BRECHT / WEILL FESTIVAL at the Southern Theatre performing excerpts from the English language premiere of FATZER by Bertolt Brecht.
Finally, in June Lisa Channer’s original show RANT was invited to perform at the FURY FACTORY FESTIVAL OF ENSEMBLE THEATRE in San Francisco CA.
In 2016 we also welcomed Hannah Holman as our grant writer and added Andi Cheney to our TNM family as our company bookkeeper. We were grateful for the support of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, The Southern Theater, The University of Minnesota and most of all, our donors. We look forward to sharing stories with you in 2017 and hope you will join us at the theatre or by supporting our work financially as able on Thursday, November 17 for Give to the Max Day 2016.