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Maksudov, a writer struggling to maintain his artistic integrity in the face on an increasingly tyrannical political climate, finds himself at the mercy of a bureaucratic antiquated theatre company modeled on the Moscow Art Theatre.  The company’s director, Ican Casilyevich-a stand-in for the iconic Russian actor, director, teacher, and theorist Constantin Stanislavsky-forces Madsudov to soften the play’s sharp political edge.

Credits

Creative team

by

Keith Dewhurst, based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov

Directed by

Richard Jones

Set design by

Anthony McDonald

Lighting design by

Scott Zielinski

Lighting design by

Scott Zielinski

A.R.T.: Endgame, Julius Caesar, Donnie Darko, Oliver Twist, Three Sisters, Dido Queen of Carthage, Peter Pan and Wendy, Woyzeck, Black Snow. New York: Topdog/Underdog (Broadway), Classic Stage Company, Joseph Papp Public Theater, Lincoln Center Festival, Manhattan Theater Club, New York Theater Workshop, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theater, Theater for a New Audience, among others. International: Productions in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Berlin, Edinburgh, Fukuoka, Goteborg, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Linz, London, Luang Prabang, Lyon, Orleans, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Reykjavik, Rotterdam, Singapore, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Vilnius, and Zurich. Dance: American Dance Festival, Joyce Theater, Kennedy Center (all with Twyla Tharp), American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Centre National de la Danse, Houston Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, San Francisco Ballet. Opera: Arizona Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, English National Opera, Gotham Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Lithuanian National Opera, Minnesota Opera, Nederlandse Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Colorado, Pittsburgh Opera, San Francisco Opera, Spoleto Festival USA, Toronto Opera. Upcoming: The White Snake for New Vision Festival (Hong Kong), Sydney Festival, Lincoln Center Festival, and Edinburgh Festival, The Magic Flute for Canadian Opera Company (Toronto), and Achterbahn, a new Judith Weir opera for Bregenz Festival (Austria) and the Royal Opera House (London)

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Sound design by

Maribeth Back

Cast

Maksudov

Derek Smith

Maksudov

Derek Smith

White Guard/Doctor/Man in Felt Boots/Adalbert

Matthew Rauch

White Guard/Doctor/Man in Felt Boots/Adalbert

Matthew Rauch

Red Guard/Yelagin/Chauffeur

John Payne

Red Guard/Yelagin/Chauffeur

John Payne

Rudolf/Gornostayev/Romanus

Jeremy Geidt

Rudolf/Gornostayev/Romanus

Jeremy Geidt

A.R.T. Senior Actor, founding member of the Yale Repertory Theatre and the A.R.T. Yale: more than 40 productions (including The Seagull). A.R.T.: 100 productions including The Seagull (three turns as Sorin), Julius Caesar, Three Sisters, The Onion Cellar, Major Barbara (Undershaft), Heartbreak House (Shotover), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince four times, Snug once), Henry IV (Falstaff), Twelfth Night (Toby Belch), The Caretaker (Davies), The Homecoming (Max), Loot (Truscott), Man and Superman (Mendoza/Devil), Waiting for Godot (Vladimir), The Threepenny Opera (Peacham/Petey), Ivanov (Lebedev), Three Sisters (Chebutkin), Buried Child (Dodge), The Cherry Orchard (Gaev) and The King Stag (Pantelone). Teaches at Harvard College, Harvard’s Summer and Extension Schools and at the A.R.T/MXAT Institute. Trained at the Old Vic Theatre School and subsequently taught there. Acted at the Old Vic, Young Vic, The Royal Court, in the West End, in films and television and has been hosting his own show “The Caravan” for the BBC for five years. Came to the U.S. with the satirical revue The Establishment and acted on and off Broadway, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and at the Lincoln Center Festival. Lectured on Shakespeare in India and the Netherlands Theatre School. Received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Boston Actor and the Jason Robards Award for Dedication to the Theatre.

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Annushka/Polixena Vasilievna Toropetskaya/Margarita

Candy Buckley

Annushka/Polixena Vasilievna Toropetskaya/Margarita

Candy Buckley

Kuzmich

Gustave Johnson

Kuzmich

Gustave Johnson

Misha Panin

Jack Willis

Misha Panin

Jack Willis

Jack Willis appeared as Hector Malone Sr. in Man and Superman, Carl in The Old Neighborhood, The Drum Major in Woyzeck, Bruto in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and Relling in The Wild Duck in the American Repertory Theater's 1996-97 season. Previously, he appeared as Tilden in Buried Child, Caliban in The Tempest, the husband in The Accident, Man in Hot 'n' Throbbing, Jamie Cregan in A Touch of the Poet, Lopakhin in The Cherry Orchard, Sir Walter Blunt in Henry IV, Part 1 and Lord Hastings in Part 2, Boss Mangan in Heartbreak House, Panin in Black Snow, Uyttersprot in Dream of the Red Spider, Aston in The Caretaker, Sal in Those the River Keeps, and Banquo in Macbeth. As a member of the resident company at the Dallas Theatre Center, his roles included Willie Stark in All the King's Men, Caliban in The Tempest, and Jack Henry Abbott in In the Belly of the Beast. He has also appeared at the Alliance Theatre, Trinity Repertory Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Teatro de Dallas, the San Antonio and Dallas Shakespeare Festivals, and Cincinnati Playhouse.  Mr. Willis is also a founding member of Aruba Repertory. Television and film credits include Dallas, All My Children, Love Hurts, Problem Child, and I Come in Peace.

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Yevlampia Petrovna/Veshnyakova

Tracy Sallows

Yevlampia Petrovna/Veshnyakova

Tracy Sallows

Peter Bombardov

Royal Miller

Peter Bombardov

Royal Miller

Gavril Stepanovch/Andrey Andreyevich

William Young

Gavril Stepanovch/Andrey Andreyevich

William Young

Augusta Andeevna Menazhraki/Natasya Ivanovna

Patti Allison

Augusta Andeevna Menazhraki/Natasya Ivanovna

Patti Allison

Likospastov/Ippolyt Pavlovich/Patrikeyev

Christian Baskous

Likospastov/Ippolyt Pavlovich/Patrikeyev

Christian Baskous

Lyudmila Silvestrovna Priakina

Margaret Gibson

Lyudmila Silvestrovna Priakina

Margaret Gibson

Singing Actor/Man in Sheepskin/Yermolai Ivanovich/Figure in Dream

Raymond Fox

Singing Actor/Man in Sheepskin/Yermolai Ivanovich/Figure in Dream

Raymond Fox

RAYMOND FOX recently played Mr. Stubb, Captain Boomer and Captain Gardiner in Moby Dick (adapted and directed by Lookingglass Ensemble Member David Catlin), on tour to the Alliance Theatre (Atlanta, GA), Arena Stage (Washington, D.C.) and South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA). Raymond will return to the production in Chicago this summer (2017) at Lookingglass Theatre, where he is an Ensemble Member. His numerous regional credits include Simon Craig in Blood and Gifts (TimeLine Theatre - 2013 Joseph Jefferson Award - Supporting Actor). Mr. Fox performed in and co-adapted Charles Dickens’ The Old Curiosity Shop (2006 Joseph Jefferson Award for New Adaptation – shared) for Lookingglass. He played King Midas in the original Off-Broadway and Broadway runs of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (Second Stage and Circle in the Square) as well as in numerous regional productions of the play. His American Repertory Theater credits include The Servant of Two Masters, Black Snow and The L.A. Plays. Additional regional credits include the Goodman Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Route 66 Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, Arena Stage, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Meadow Brook Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Arden Theatre, Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Hartford Stage, First Folio Theatre, Court Theatre and Canada’s Stratford Festival where he was a member of the Young Company. Mr. Fox is a graduate of Northwestern University and the American Repertory Theatre/Moscow Art Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University, class of '93.

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Ivan Vasilyevich

Alvin Epstein

Ivan Vasilyevich

Alvin Epstein

Alvin Epstein is a former artistic director of the Guthrie Theater and associate director of Robert Brustein's Yale Repertory Theatre. He has directed over twenty productions (five at the American Repertory Theater, including the inaugural A Midsummer Night's Dream in 1980) and performed in over one hundred (over fifty at the A.R.T.). His A.R.T. roles include Old Man in Lysistrata, the Herald in Marat/Sade, Dionisio Genoni in Enrico IV, John of Gaunt/First Gardener in Richard II, Erich Honecker in Full Circle, McLeavy in Loot, Shabelsky in Ivanov, and Lee Strasberg in Nobody Dies on Friday; Mr. Epstein has also appeared in The Doctor's Dilemma, Antigone, Three Farces and a Funeral, The Winter's Tale, Charlie in the House of Rue, The Merchant of Venice, In the Jungle of Cities, The Bacchae, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable), Slaughter City, Tartuffe, The Tempest, Beckett Trio, The Threepenny Opera, and Waiting for Godot, among many others. His twenty Broadway and off-Broadway productions include his debut with Marcel Marceau, the Fool in Orson Welles's King Lear, Lucky in the American premiere of Waiting for Godot, Clov in the American premiere of Endgame, Peachum in The Threepenny Opera (co-starring with Sting), and the world premiere of Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin's When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable). For twenty years he and Martha Schlamme performed A Kurt Weill Cabaret on tour in the U.S. and South America and a year's run on Broadway. He has performed at many resident theaters throughout the U.S., in films and on television. Awards include Most Promising Actor ('56 Variety Poll), Brandeis Creative Arts Award ('66), Obie for Dynamite Tonight! ('68), Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence ('96), and the IRNE Award for Best Supporting Actor as Shabelsky in Ivanov ('99). Mr. Epstein teaches acting at the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.

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Nurse/Figure in Dream

Kerry O'Malley

Nurse/Figure in Dream

Kerry O'Malley

Broadway: Betty Haynes (the Rosemary Clooney role) in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, The Baker's Wife in the 2002 revival of Into the Woods (Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk nominations), Billy Elliot (Mum), Annie Get Your Gun (Dolly Tate, understudy to Reba McEntire), Cyrano, Translations. City Center Encores!: Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises opposite Martin Short. International Tour: The Plough and the Stars directed by Shivaun O'Casey. Off-Broadway: Original cast of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive, Mary in the American premiere of Dublin Carol (written and directed by Conor McPherson at the Atlantic Theatre Company), Megan in Bright Lights Big City at New York Theatre Workshop, Caitlin O'Hare in Over the River and Through the Woods at the John Houseman Theatre, Sharon in the acclaimed Irish Repertory Theatre revival of Finian's Rainbow, Anne Morrow Lindbergh in Garth Wingfield's Flight at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Regional theatre: Betty Haynes in Irving Berlin's White Christmas (Boston's Wang Theatre 2005, 2007, St. Paul's Ordway Center 2006), Abigail Adams in 1776 at the Paper Mill Playhouse, Electra in The Oresteia at the American Repertory Theatre, Katie in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Goodspeed Musicals), Mother in Ragtime, Molly in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and Nellie Forbush in South Pacific (all at Sacramento Music Circus), Sister Sharon in Elmer Gantry (Marriott's Lincolnshire, Joseph Jefferson nomination), Katherine in Henry V, Elizabeth in Richard III, Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Bianca in Shrew! The Musical, and Constance in The Three Musketeers (all at the Georgia Shakespeare Festival). Television:  Mary-Kate Martinson (sister to the titular brothers) on the Showtime drama Brotherhood (three seasons). Series regular on Costello on Fox and The Mike O'Malley Show on NBC, Guest Star appearances on Monk, Law & Order SVU, My Name is Earl, Without a Trace, Charmed, Kidnapped, NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Brooklyn South and King of Queens. Film: Case 39 opposite Renee Zellweger (opening 2009), The Happening, written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Rounders, Firehouse and The Flying Scissors. Graduate of Duke University and the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University.   She is a native of Nashua, NH and adores the Boston Red Sox.

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Ensemble

Clauda Arenas, Jacob Broder, George Drance, Vontress Mitchell, Frank Radway, Gay Swirsky

Ensemble

Clauda Arenas, Jacob Broder, George Drance, Vontress Mitchell, Frank Radway, Gay Swirsky