BY DAVID POWNALL

“How do you wake people up to what is being taken away from them?" 

INGENIOUS. COMIC. CHILLING.

An anteroom in the Kremlin. 

1948.

The Soviet Musicians' Union Conference in Moscow.

Stalin, preparing to enforce his new policy for the Arts, summons two leading Russian composers, along with his Cultural Minister, to discuss how the creative gifts of artists should best be shaped to serve the Soviet state.

The evening becomes increasingly fraught as the political discussion becomes more personal, and as tempers rise so do the stakes for the aging composers, with vast and far-reaching implications for artists in autocratic states and indeed for citizens of oppressive regimes everywhere,

DIRECtor

Evan Frayne

Assistant director

Shelby Bushell

vocal coach

Erin Ormond

CAST 

James Gill

Chris Lam

Tariq Leslie

Chris Robson

Designers

Lauchlin Johnston - Set Design

Patrick J. Smith - Lighting Design

Julie White - Costume Design

James Coomber - Sound Design

CREW

Karen Chiang - Stage Manager

Talya Karan - Assistant Stage Manager

 

RUNNING TIME

2 hours and 20 minutes including 1 intermission

CONTENT ADVISORY

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SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

Preview Performances:      July 9, 12

Matinée: August 13

Post-Show Talkback: August 7


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