SOURCE: American Russian Theatre (ART) Players

April 17, 2005 21:59 ET

"The Shadow" by Evgeny Shvarts -- ART\works Theatre, 6569 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90038

"A satirical fairy tale for grown ups"

HOLLYWOOD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2005 --

     Previews: Thursday & Friday, May 5th and 6th, 2005 at 8 PM
           Opening Night:  Saturday, May 7th, 2005 at 8 PM
            Performances: May 7th, 2005 - June 12th, 2005
              Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM
                          Sundays at 2 PM
American Russian Theatre (ART) Players presents "The Shadow," written by Evgeny Shvarts. An ensemble-driven performance with a cast of 23. Directed by Istelle Petra.

Previous works produced by ART Players: Ovation Award-nominated show "Aga-Boom" with veteran Russian clowns of Cirque du Soleil; critically acclaimed "Chekhov in Shorts" (an evening of Chekhov's vaudevilles "The Bear" and "Marriage Proposal"), etc.

Why Evgeny Shvarts:

An imaginative and wily Jewish author, Shvarts penned what might be termed "fairy tales for grown-ups" in the 1930s through late 1950s. His deceptively innocent format takes an uncompromising stab at state power, servile obedience, bigotry and indifference. The plays draw on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales for inspiration, and though still fantastical, his stories are darker and grittier.

The plot charts the absurdist journey of a Scholar in a country where "fables and tales occur on a daily basis." Young, romantic and idealist, he falls in love with an orphaned Princess and proclaims that when they marry, they will renounce the crown, because "royal power is meaningless and worthless." Asking his Shadow to deliver a love declaration to a Princess, the Scholar sets in motion the darkest of fairytales, which unfolds a chain of events that lead to his execution. At the end of the story, the scales of justice tip in Scholar's favor, love triumphs and good wins over evil.

Who is ART Players: ART Players is a Physical Theatre Ensemble driven by artistic collaboration of theatre artisans to create transformational and exciting work, focusing on obscure playwrights from Russia, devising original material, and promoting cross-cultural exchange with Russia via theatre performance and education.

Credits: Adaptation Steven Price, Producer Tanja Raaste. Executive producer Don Cesario. Stage Manager - Tony Lepore. Choreographer - Robert Allen, Physical Theatre Instructors - Melina Bielefelt and Mitchel Evans, Lighting Design - Bosco Flanagan, Sound Design - Steve Goodie, Set Design - Joel Daavid.

                          Ticket Prices
                    $20.00 General Admission
              $12.00 Students/Children/Seniors/Union
                         $15 Group of 10+

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