From the brilliance of Anton Chekhov to the lasting influence of Konstantin Stanislavski, Russian theater is one of the most vibrant and meaningful art forms in the world. Stage Russia brings the country's finest live theater productions to a global audience by filming and then distributing them into cinemas across the U.S., including San Francisco's 4-Star Theatre. Elegantly shot and presented in HD, Stage Russia screenings have included Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, a modern dance interpretation of Anna Karenina and more. All titles are screened in Russian with English subtitles.
The Cherry Orchard
April 9, 2017 @ Noon
Russian Theatre in HD Sundays at the 4-Star continues with the Moscow Art Theatre’s The Cherry Orchard starring Russian stage and screen star Renata Litvinova. The performance was filmed in the very theater and on the very stage in which Konstantin Stanislavsky first presented Anton Chekhov’s final play in 1904. An outstanding production staged by legendary director, Adolf Shapiro, with a sweeping curtain design by David Borovsky, this Cherry Orchard is a classic interpretation of real Russian theater at its finest, providing viewers with a unique blend of acute conventionality with piercing truth of life.
April 23, 2017 @ Noon
Russian Theatre in HD Sundays at the 4-Star continues with Rimas Tuminas’ masterful stage re-imagining of Alexander Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. Referred to by the New York Times as “arrestingly beautiful” and hailed by the London Telegraph theater critic as “the most extraordinary evening of theatre I’ve ever known”, this production will leave you breathless with image after image of memorable moments. Filmed before a live audience from Moscow’s venerable Vakhtangov Theatre, where it is presented to sold out audience after sold out audience.
The Black Monk
May 7, 2017 @ Noon
Russian Theatre in HD Sundays at the 4-Star continues with Kama Ginkas’ unimaginably inventive retelling of Anton Chekhov’s mysterious short story The Black Monk. Ginkas, with the help of brilliant set designer, Sergei Barkhin, presents his “Monk” on a stage built into the balcony overhanging the orchestra section of the theater. Actors occasionally jump off the edge of the peacock feather leaden stage into the abyss. Starring the inimitable Sergey Makovetskiy as Kovrin, a man trying to escape mediocrity if even just for a few fleeting moments. Awarded Best Play, Best Director and Best Actor and a Golden Mask for Best Stage Design. Mesmerizing from start to finish.
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