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PENITENCE

by Kia Corthron
Language: Russian/With English Subtitles
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PENITENCE

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PENITENCE

by Kia Corthron
Directed by Petr Nezluchenko

with Dmitry Plokhov, Denis Yarygin

Director of Virtual Media Design: Jared Mezzocchi
Translated from the English by Anna Sosnovskaya
English subtitles translated by Michael Smolenkov


Kia Corthron (Playwright) is the recipient of the 2020 Dramatists Guild Flora Roberts Award. Other honors for her body of work include the Windham Campbell Prize for Drama, USArtists Jane Addams Fellowship, McKnight National Residency, Simon Great Plains Playwright Award, and she was the 2017 Eclipse Theatre Company Playwright in Residence. Her plays, which include Breath, BoomA Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick, and Megastasis, have premiered in New York by Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre; in London by the Royal Court Theatre and Donmar Warehouse; and across the U.S. by Actors Theatre of Louisville, Mark Taper Forum, Goodman Theatre, Minneapolis’ Children’s Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Yale Rep, Baltimore’s CenterStage, Hartford Stage, and others. In 2018 she co-produced Imagine: Yemen, an evening of short plays addressing the humanitarian catastrophe, and her contributed short musical was animated and presented in London at the United Nations/UK We the People’s Film Festival 2019. Her debut novel The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter won the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice. TV: The JuryThe Wire. New Dramatists alumnus, Dramatists Guild Council member.

Petr Nezluchenko (Director) is the chief director, stage director, and artist at the Serov Drama Theater. Petr was born in 1978 into a theatrical family and first appeared on stage at the age of 15. He is a graduate of the Yekaterinburg Theater Institute, where he studied acting and directing. Petr has performed in over sixty roles and has directed more than twenty productions at the Serov Drama Theater. Among his latest works as a director are An Ordinary Miracle by Evgeny Schwartz, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, and Endless April by Yaroslava Pulinovich.

Dmitry Plokhov (Professor) was born in 1971. Early in his life he tried writing, and his poems and stories were published. However, Dmitry decided to pursue a theatrical career, and in 1999 he graduated from the Yekaterinburg Theater Institute. Today, Dmitry is one of the leading actors of the Serov Drama Theater. He also writes music for many of the theater’s productions and often works as a director and playwright. Among his most recent roles are the Duke of Buckingham and Earl Rivers in Shakespeare’s Richard III, Boris in the comedy Lie Detector by Vasiliy Sigarev (Best Actor Award, 2017), the Man in The Golden Dragon by Roland Shimmelpfennig, and Mitch in A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams.

Denis Yarygin (Another) was born in 1982 in Ulyanovsk into the family of a military officer. His parents prepared him for a military career, but Denis dreamed of becoming an actor.  In 2007, he graduated from the Ulyanovsk State University, a branch of the Russian Academy of Theater Arts, where he studied acting. While still a student, Denis started working at the Ulyanovsk Drama Theater, named after Goncharov, and in 2007 he was awarded the “New Face of Ulyanovsk Theatre Stage” Award. In 2009, Denis moved to Moscow where he has performed at the Moscow Enterprise Theater and appeared in several films, sometimes working as a stuntman. Since 2013, he has worked at the Berezniki Drama Theater, where he has been voted by audiences for the past three years as Best Actor.