The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (or ДeByшκИ), the eighth winner of the nationally recognized Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, will premiere on the Hertz Stage February 3-26, 2012. This darkly funny story of self discovery combines the rapidly changing setting of Moscow, 2005, and the world of traditional Russian fairytales. The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (or ДeByшκИ) is written by Meg Miroshnik and will be directed by Eric Rosen.
Moscow seems like a fairytale to twenty year old Annie, a Jewish-Russian-American in search of her roots. But when the lines between Russian fairytales and Annie’s reality start to blur – and then vanish – things get seriously dicey. The girl across the hall, Masha, claims that her boyfriend has turned into a bear. And her new friend, Katya, has a sugar daddy she calls the tsar; sounds like a Cinderella situation except for the fact that he’s married to a wicked witch. To secure her Russian happily ever after, Annie must take action soon. Or is it already too late?
A recent graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Miroshnik was inspired by the time she lived in Russia as she experienced the country through American eyes. As the 2012 winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (or ДeByшκИ) also received additional developmental workshops at the Kennedy Center and at the Lark Play Development Center. It has been chosen as a finalist for the L. Arnold Weissberger Award and received a workshop production at the Moscow Playwright and Director Center in a Russian translation by Maria Kroupnik (directed by Ilya Shagalov).
The all female cast for The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls (or ДeByшκИ) includes Kate Goehrings, Alexandra Henrikson, Judy Leavell (Alliance’s Managing Maxine), Bree Dawn Shannon, Diany Rodriguez (Alliance’s August: Osage County and Into the Woods), and Sarah Elizabeth Wallis as Annie.
The Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition is a one-of-a-kind national competition that transitions student playwrights to the world of professional theatre. The grand prize for the winner of the competition is a professional production of his/her work at the Alliance Theatre. A one-of-a-kind opportunity for emerging playwrights, the Competition is open to all final year playwriting students at invited MFA programs throughout the country.
An in-house panel of readers at the Alliance Theatre reads and evaluates the scripts, and selects a slate of finalists to be advanced in the competition. Those scripts are sent to a national panel of three theater artists for judging. In conjunction with Alliance Theatre leadership, the judges select the winner. The Alliance Theatre produces the winning play on the 200-seat Hertz Stage. Readings of the finalists’ plays are produced in New York and Atlanta each year. The judges who chose The Fairy Tale Lives of Russian Girls were Polly Carl, currently Arena Stage; Michael Kaiser, President of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; and Tarell McCraney, Playwright and Kendeda Graduate Playwright Competition Winner, 2008.
The program is led by Celise Kalke, Director of New Projects, chosen by American Theatre as one of 25 American Theatre leaders of the future.
Performances are Tuesday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Feb. 3-29, 2012 on Hertz Stage.
Tickets start at $25 and are available at The Woodruff Arts Center Box Office, by calling 404-733-5000 or visiting online at www.alliancetheatre.org/fairytalelives. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404-733-4690. Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students. The Alliance Theatre is located at The Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, at the corner of Peachtree and 15th Street, in Midtown Atlanta.
Recommended for 9th grade and up; adult language and thematic elements.