Dana Pelevine & Evgeniya Radilova
DARE TO SPEAK PRODUCTIONS is presenting the World Premiere production of I PLEAD GUILTY, written and directed by Natalia Pelevine, based on the real events of the Moscow theatre siege of 2002. It is adapted from Pelevine's play In Your Hands, which, after a successful London run, was translated into Russian and banned there by the government officials after just one performance. I PLEAD GUILTY is playing a limited engagement at Gene Frankel Theater, (24 Bond Street, New York, NY 10012). Performances continue through Sunday, May 29. Opening Night is Friday, May 20 (7:30 p.m.).
Eight hours into the siege of a theatre, Islamic terrorists have taken the audience hostage, demanding for troops to be pulled out of their land. They insist that if this does not happen, the government will have the blood of many on their hands.
In this midst of this horror, an interaction occurs between two women, the journalist, Natasha, and black widow terrorist, Seda. Their relationship, tense, difficult, and dangerous takes an unforeseen turn, when Seda, removes her veil and reveals her personal story to Natasha whose life is in her hands. In disbelief and agonizing circumstances, the two women are stripped of their roles as victim and villain, and are simply that- women.
Starring Dana Pelevine & Evgeniya Radilova*
The production features scenic design by Jane Stein, lighting design by Jeff Nash and Catriona Rubenis-Stevens is the stage manager and producer.
I PLEAD GUILTY plays the following remaining performances:
Weds May 25th @ 7:30 PM
Thurs May 26th @ 7:30 PM
Fri May 27th @ 7:30 PM
Sat May 28th @ 3 PM and 7:30 PM
Sun May 29th @ 3PM
Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater box office ½ hour prior to performance.
Running Time: 90 minutes
SPECIAL NOTEWORTHY EVENT NIGHTS:
TUESDAY MAY 24TH AT 6 P.M.
Playwright/director Natalia Pelevine will host Q & A on the topic of the Moscow theatre siege, where guests will include Anastasia Kurbatova, who lost her sister in the theatre siege, famous dissident and author Alex Goldfarb and Human Rights Watch representatives.
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