October 12 - October 22, 2017
Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 E 4th Street; 2nd Floor
Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes; No Intermission
"The astonishment of 'Burning Doors' is its ability to translate
political rage and impotence into an art of indirection that is often as complex as it is powerful."
- Ben Brantley, New York Times
New York Premiere
Devised and performed by Belarus Free Theatre
Directed by Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada
With Maria Alyokhina from Pussy Riot
Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? What do you do when your government imprisons you for making art? How would you survive one of the most brutal prison systems in the world? Performed in Russian with English supertitles.
Belarus Free Theatre combines forces with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, who makes her New York stage debut, in a searing performance on how art persists under oppression. Through the prism of persecuted artists who will not be silenced, Burning Doors reveals how artists living under dictatorship illuminate the knife-edge of complacency in democratic societies reminding us of the true cost of freedom and dangers of inertia.
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