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New Rep Presents Arlekin Players: NATASHA’S DREAM

by Yaroslava Pulinovich
translated by John Freedman
directed by Igor Golyak
featuring Darya Denisova
Black Box Theater
February 14, 20, 21 at 7:30pm

by Yaroslava Pulinovich
translated by John Freedman
directed by Igor Golyak
featuring Darya Denisova

Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30pm
Monday, February 20 at 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 21 at 7:30pm

In Natasha’s Dream, a girl tells the story of her life in a small-town orphanage, and her desire to be free; to fly away and break the vicious circle of life. From the inside of a courtroom, she makes twists and turns through her unique appeal to audiences, letting them into her world where she dreams about love, family, acceptance, adjusting, and her future.

Natasha’s Dream recently appeared at several prestigious festivals including off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival at the Theatre Row, Solo International Theatre Festival in Moscow, and High Fest International Performing Arts Festival in Yerevan, Armenia.

Arlekin Players’s production has been translated into English by John Freedman, who calls it “one of the most resonant texts to have emerged in Russia over the last two or three years,” and “an incisive look at the complex life of one teenage girl who runs up against insensitive teachers, shifty classmates, a journalist who unwittingly wins her heart, and a couple of experiences that most likely will scar her life forever.”

About Arlekin Players

Arlekin Players Theatre was created in Boston in 2009 and has since toured in New York, Chicago, and Hartford. On March 5, 2011, Arlekin’s production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Bear” was the winner of the New England Regional Festival in Concord, NH, selected to move on to the American Association of Community Theatre’s national level of competition in Rochester, NY that following June. The Company was a guest participant of the 2012 International Festival “Golden Lion” in Lviv, Ukraine, after which Arlekin was invited to perform its production of Alexander Pushkin’s “The Guest” at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Performed on one of the most admired stages in Moscow, the production was greeted with a standing ovation. In 2013, Arlekin was honored to represent the United States with their production of Anton Chekhov’s “The Bear” at the prestigious Mondial du Théâtre in Monaco, hosted by Prince Albert. Arlekin takes strong pride in their emphasis on self-identity; they are viewed as a Russian troupe to English audiences, yet they are not viewed in the same regard to their international audiences. Essentially, they are a company of immigrants performing works that play on the ideas of cross-culture, home, and traditions, challenging the idea of nationality, and finding common themes that unite us all.

Running Time: 75 minutes


Natasha Banina: Darya Denisova


Video credit

Raisa Stepanovna: Irina Danilova




Creative Team

Director: Igor Golyak
Video artist: Anton Iakhontov
Stage design: Anastasia Grigoryeva
Technical Director, Lighting Design, Set Construction: Mike McTeague
Production Management: Anna Furman
Costume Production: Ekaterina Zabavnova
Sound Production: Andrey Kuzmin
Music: Yuri Schelkovski
Choreography: Viktor Plotnikov
Video Production: Seaghan McKay
Make Up: Lenna Kaleva
Production Assistance: Misha Tyutyunik
Property Construction: Irina Vilenchik, Maria Popova
House Management: Alla Trachtenberg
Photography: Irina Danilova
Consultant: Irina Astashkevich
Graphic Design: Katya Popova, Lena Dvoretskaya
Communications: Marianna Golyak
Set Volunteers: George Bordian, Ruth Neeman
Box Office: Alexander Livshin
Wedding Dress Consultant: Tatiana Kagan