Russian Production


by Lauren Yee
Language: Russian/With English Subtitles


russian production


by Lauren Yee
Directed by Nikita Betekhtin

with Odin Biron

Original Music & Sound Design: Ian Kuzmichev
Director of Virtual Media Design: Jared Mezzocchi
Translated from the English by Oxana Yakimenko
English subtitles translated by Michael Smolenkov

Lauren Yee (Playwright) Plays include Cambodian Rock Band (South Coast Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, City Theatre, Merrimack Rep) and The Great Leap (Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, Atlantic Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Arts Club, InterAct Theatre, Steppenwolf). Honors: Doris Duke Artists Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Whiting Award, Steinberg/ATCA Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award, Horton Foote Prize, Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, Hodder Fellowship, #1 and #2 plays on 2017 Kilroys List. New Dramatists, Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab, Playwrights Realm alum. TV: Pachinko (Apple), Soundtrack (Netflix). BA: Yale. MFA: UCSD.
Nikita Betekhtin (Director) was born in 1988 in Tyumen. In his hometown he was an Artistic Director of the Youth Theater.  Then he moved to Moscow and in 2017 he graduated cum laude from the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (class of Leonid Heifetz). In 2018, graduated cum laude from the Moscow Art Theater Studio School (class of Viktor Ryzhakov). Currently he works as a director in Krasnoyarsk Young Spectators’ Theatre.
Odin Biron (Papa) is a theater and film actor. Born in the United States, he has been living in Moscow for more than a decade. In 2009 he graduated from Moscow Art Theater Studio School with the major in Acting in Theater and Film. Prior to that, he studied acting at the University of Michigan (BFA), and also graduated from the College of Culinary Arts in Minneapolis. In 2009 he became a co-founder of the non-profit theater platform Tandem. In 2010-2015 he had been one of the leading actors in the TV series Interns. His theater credits at that time included Money and Little Tragedies (Satyricon Theater) and performing at the 14th Venice Biennale. Since 2013 he has been working in Gogol Center Theater, where his credits include such productions as Kafka, Demons, Kuzmin. Trout Breaks Ice, Dead Souls, Shakespeare, Misanthrope, Baroque, To Save the Orchid, Our Alla.
Ian Kuzmichev (Original Music & Sound Design) was born in 1991. In 2015 he graduated cum laude from the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts with the major in Sound Engineering of Big Events and Theatrical Productions. In 2011-2015 he was a Principal Sound Engineer in School of Modern Drama Theater. In 2016-2017 he was a Principal Sound Engineer in Moscow Theater Center Cherry Orchard. Since 2017 he has been working with Meyerhold Center. His credits include such productions as From Chekhov. Three Sisters; Sunline; Baal; Abuse; Black Box; Story of the Year. In addition to his work in theater, he has been engaged in sound design for computer games, and in studio and concert sound engineering.