The Russian Play and Mexico City

Ruby Slippers Theatre presents
a 2b theatre company production
The Russian Play & Mexico City
Two plays by Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Christian Barry

March 24 – 28, 2010 at Performance Works
Wednesday to Saturday at 8pm
Saturday and Sunday at 2pm

Featuring: Tessa Cameron, Colombe Demers, Conor Green & Scott Stephenson
Stage Manager: Louisa Adamson
Lighting and Sound Design: Christian Barry

Together these plays offer a profound exploration of love and relationships, whisking the audience from the gritty back alleys of Mexico City to the romance and intrigue of Stalinist Moscow all in a night of theatre.

Set amidst the chaos and noise of Mexico’s capital in the 1960s, Mexico City is a short satiric romance that explores the intersection between tourism-as-voyeurism and the battle of the sexes. Henry and Alice, a young married couple, book a trip to Mexico City in the hopes of discovering the “Real Mexico”. While the authentic, undiluted Mexico of their imaginations remains elusive, Henry and Alice’s holiday forces them to confront the privations and disappointments of married life while at the same time helping them to rediscover its pleasures.

Set amidst the doomed men and rotten ideals of Stalinist Russian, The Russian Play is a bleak, bittersweet and darkly ironic ode to the dangerous joys of love. The storyteller recounts the tale of a Russian peasant girl named Sonya, the “foolish mistakes” of her youth, and the story of the love affair that led to her ruin.

“The Russian Play is a scintillating exercise in style (owing more to Chekhov’s short stories than his plays) which also manages to be a moving meditation on poverty, oppression and love.” – Robert Cushman, The National Post

Based in Halifax, award-winning 2b theatre company creates, develops, produces, and tours new theatre works. 2b receives operating support from the Province of Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Award-winning Ruby Slippers Theatre’s 2009/2010 Season is a celebration of love. From the people who brought you A Beautiful View, Life Savers, Trout Stanley and The Leisure Society, we continue to offer our community works that inspire courage, heart and brains.      http://www.rubyslippers.ca

Evenings $24/$20 including service charges at vancouvertix.com, 604.629.vtix (8849). Cash only at the door. Matinees $15. Saturday’s matinee followed by artist talk-back.

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