Renowned Russian Director Stages the Strange Genius of Nikolai Gogol

This winter, renowned Russian stage director Aleksey Burago brings to life the dark humor of Nikolai Gogol in The Russian Arts Theater and Studio’s production of Avenue of Wonder. Based on the short story Nevsky Prospekt, this production will also re-inaugurate the historic Balcony Theater at West Park Presbyterian Church, previously The Shakespeare Center and home to the Riverside Shakespeare Company.

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.

  • February 27th to March 16th, 2016
  • The Balcony Theater at West Park Presbyterian Church
  • 165 W86th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue)
  • Adapted and Directed by Aleksey Burago
  • Featuring: Charles Anderson, Hazen Cuyler, Luisa Menzen, Ariel Polanco, Christopher Zach, and Di Zhu

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