Russian Production

JOY

by Christine Evans
Language: Russian/With English Subtitles
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JOY

russian production

JOY

by Christine Evans
Directed by Nikita Betekhtin

with Anastasia Mishina

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

Christine Evans (Playwright) Australian-American Christine Evans’ plays and libretti have been produced or developed at venues including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Playbox Theater, Arts Above, and Questor’s Theatre (UK); the Sydney Opera House, Green Room Music, Opera Queensland, Belvoir Street, and the Adelaide International Festival of the Arts (Australia), Playwrights’ Theater of New Jersey, Centennial Stage, Cutting Ball Theater, Providence Black Rep, HERE Arts, the Women’s Project, Crowded Fire, StreetSigns, Spooky Action Theater, Theater J, Rattlestick Theater, Perishable Theater, the Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, the Davis Center for Performing Arts (Georgetown), and elsewhere. Christine’s play Trojan Barbie premiered at the American Repertory Theater (ART), received the Jane Chambers Award and the “Plays for the 21st Century Award, is published by Samuel French and has had over thirty productions in the US and internationally. Christine is a 2020-21 Howard Foundation Fellow, a multiple MacDowell Colony Fellow and DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities recipient. A Playwrights Center Core Alumna and Australian Fulbright alumna, she holds an MFA (Playwriting) and PhD (Theater & Performance Studies) from Brown and taught playwriting at Harvard from 2007-12. She serves as Associate Professor in Performing Arts at Georgetown University. Her first novel, Cloudless, was published in 2015. www.christineevanswriter.com

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.

Anastasia Mishina (Else/Joy) was born in 1993 in Cheboksary. In 2010-2011 she studied at the Philosophy Department of the Higher School of Economics. In 2011-2012 she studied at the Philosophy Department of the State Academy of Slavic Culture. In 2012 she was admitted to the Department of Directing in the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (acting group, class of Leonid Heifetz). Since 2016 Anastasia has been working in Mayakovsky Theater in Moscow.

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.