It took several attempts to kill him, and yet Rasputin, the famous "Mad Monk" of Czarist Russia, lives still in the imagination of the world. The latest art work to take him as its subject is Spunky Productions and Dura Mater's I, Rasputin, which ends its two-week run at P.S. 122 in Manhattan, June 11. Performances began May 25.
This multi-media piece will draw on the talents of writer Todd Alcott (One Neck, "Antz"), designer R. Sikoryak (an illustrator for The New Yorker), choreographer Kriota Willberg and composer Wharton Tiers. Theatregoers should expect a mix of influences, including Russian dance, etiquette manuals, stage combat, silent movies, political cartoons and lithographs.
Rasputin, a self-professed mystic and "holy man," held the royal Romanoff family in thrall for years while secretly pursuing a life of extravagant womanizing and depravity. He is perhaps most famous for being extremely difficult to kill. Several attempts were made on his life before he finally succumbed in 1916, on the eve of the Russian Revolution.
Tickets are $15. P.S. 122 is located at 150 First Avenue in Manhattan. For more information, call (212) 477-5288, or consult the website www.ps122.org.
--By Robert Simonson