The Russian Arts Theater & Studio Presents: AVENUE OF WONDER

The Russian Arts Theater and Studio return with the work of Nikolai Gogol.

Event Venue:

The Balcony Theater - West Park Presbyterian Church.
165 W86th Street. New York, New York 10024

Event Date:

February 27th to March 16th, 2016 Mondays to Saturdays at 8PM

The Russian Arts Theater & Studio Presents


The work of Nikolai Gogol, the strangest genius Russia has ever produced, comes to life in The Russian Arts Theater and Studio's production of Avenue of Wonder. Internationally renowned Russian director Aleksey Burago directs this dark comedy featuring an ensemble of six actors. Based on the short story Nevsky Prospekt, this production will also re-inaugurate the historical Balcony Theater at West Park Presbyterian Church, formerly home to the Shakespeare Center and the Riverside Shakespeare Company. 

The production is headed by one of Russia's most talented directors, Aleksey Burago, a former protégé of Pyotr Fomenko and famous for his work at the Hermitage Theater and Aleksandrinka Theater (Beyond Recognition), Moscow TV (Queen of Spades), Youth Theater (The Emperor's New Clothes, Stoned), Interatelier Theater (Fandor and Liz), and The Baltic House Theater (Camille). Among Burago's productions in New York City are Ah, My Dear Andersen (Time Out NY Critic's Pick), Wonder Bread (Winner of Best Solo Show Award at The International United Solo Festival 2010), Uncle VanyaThe SeagullThe Bear, Lady with a Lapdog, with Jokes and a Happy Ending and most recently, the sold-out production of My Uncle Chekhov.

One evening, while strolling along Nevsky Prospekt, the central avenue that remains to this day the main artery of St. Petersburg, a distraught artist and a brazen lieutenant encounter a mysterious prostitute and a young housewife. In their separate pursuits of the women through the labyrinths of side streets, courtyards and winding staircases, both men come to realize all is not what it seems on the glittery avenue. As the rational plane of life slant beneath their feet, these comic and self-deluding characters soon discover that between everything ordinary there is a crack and deep in the shadows, peering up, are the maddening fantasies of the human soul. This February, join the cast of The Russian Arts Theater & Studio at the historic Balcony Theater and experience the strange genius of Nikolai Gogol. 

Adapted and Directed by: Aleksey Burago

Featuring: Charles Anderson, Hazen Cuyler, Luisa Menzen, Ariel Polanco, Christopher Zach and Di Zhu