Olivier Award-Winning Collaborators to Receive U.S. Premiere

News   Olivier Award-Winning Collaborators to Receive U.S. Premiere The Storm Theatre Company will present the North American premiere of John Hodge's Collaborators, the 2012 Olivier Award-winning play about a writer who is asked to pen Joseph Stalin's biographical play.

Directed by Peter Dobbins, previews are set to begin Jan. 8, 2016, with an official opening night scheduled for Jan. 14. Performances will continue through Feb. 13 at Grand Hall.

Described as "hilarious and chilling," press notes bill the show as "the story of the brilliant dissident writer Mikhail Bulgakov, who is chosen by Joseph Stalin to write a celebratory bio play titled Young Joseph. Collaborators is a surreal imagining, based on a true story, about what happens when artists veer too far from their true path and compromise with repressive power."

The production stars Brian J. Carter as Bulgako and Ross DeGraw as Stalin, with Robin Haynes, Erin Beirnard, Michael P. Bernosky, Sean Cleary, Joseph Knipper, Jessica Levesque, Maury Miller, Ed Prostak, Natalie Pavelek and Joshua Pyne. The creative team includes Fleur Alys Dobbins (assistant director), Rebecca Grazi (scenic design), Michael Abrams (lighting design), Joel Abbott (sound design) and Courtney Irizarry (costume design).

Collaborators was originally presented at the Royal National Theatre, London, in 2011, starring Alex Jennings as Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale as Stalin.

In 2016 The Storm Theatre Company will also stage the Edmond Rostand classic Cyrano de Bergerac — adapted by Gabriel Barre, Rick Sordelet and Alexander Sovronsky and directed by Barre — in rep with the world premiere of the Cyrano-inspired play Burning by Ginger Lazarus, directed by Eric Parness. Performances will begin Feb. 3. For more information and to purchase tickets visit StormTheatre.com. Grand Hall is located at 440 Grand Street at St. Mary’s Church.

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