U.S. Production


by Nikolay Kolyada
Language: English/With Russian Subtitles


u.s. production


by Nikolay Kolyada
Directed by Natsu Onoda Power

with Regina Aquino

Virtual Media Design: Taylor Verrett
Sound Design: Roc Lee
Director of Virtual Media Design: Jared Mezzocchi
Production Manager: Emily Brown
Translated from the Russian by Dmitry Pobedash

Nikolay Kolyada (Playwright) is a playwright, actor, director, teacher, editor and publisher.  He was born in 1957 in a village in Kazakhstan into a family of farm workers. He graduated from the Sverdlovsk Theater School in 1980 and began writing for the theatre.  In 1989 he was admitted to the Union of Writers of the USSR, and in1994 he made his debut as a director at the Sverdlovsk State Academic Drama Theater and the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre.  In 2003, he founded the Kolyada Theater in Yekaterinburg where he serves as Artistic and Executive Director.  The company’s repertoire consists of more than thirty-five works based on classical and contemporary texts.  Winner of numerous literary prizes, Nikolay is the author of more than one hundred twenty plays.  His work has been staged in Russia and around the world.  A teacher for more than twenty-three years, Nikolay has mentored numerous playwrights recognized throughout Russia and abroad.  Critics describe Nikolay’s theatre and playwriting community as the “Ural School of Drama.”
Natsu Onoda Power (Director) specializes in adapting non-dramatic texts into new works of visual theater, but sometimes also directs plays. Original works (writing/ adapting/ directing) include: Thumbelina at Imagination Stage; The Lathe of Heaven at Spooky Action Theater; Alice in Wonderland with National Players; Wind Me Up, Maria!: A Go-go Musical at Georgetown University; Astro Boy and the God of Comics at the Studio Theater and Company One Theater, Boston. Other directing credits include: Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival, Olney Theater Center, the Studio Theatre, Baltimore CenterStage, Mosaic Theater, and Theater J. She is the recipient of two Elliot Norton Awards (for Outstanding Direction and Production Design), two Helen Hayes Awards (Outstanding New Adaptation and Outstanding Set Design), as well as a DC Commission in the Arts fellowship. Onoda Power holds a PhD from Northwestern University, and is the author of God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post- World War II Manga (The University Press of Mississippi, 2009). She is a Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Georgetown University.
Regina Aquino (She) is a proud Filipinx DC area native. Selected DC Credits: Theater Alliance: The Events [received Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress], Brownsville Song (B-side for Trey); Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: Describe The Night, The Arsonists; Studio Theatre: Vietgone, Red Light Winter, Dog Sees God [Helen Hayes Award nomination], Polaroid Stories; Folger Theatre: The Merry Wives of Windsor, Nell Gwynn [two Helen Hayes Award nominations]; Olney Theatre Center: Tiger Style! Broadway: Lincoln Center & Kennedy Center TYA: Where Words Once Were; International: Actor's Actors Inc. Manila: Our Country's Good; Education: Duke Ellington School of the Arts, The Studio Acting Conservatory, Manhattanville College. Upcoming: The Red Beads at Theater J directed by Johanna Gruenhut.
Roc Lee (Sound Design) is a Helen Hayes Award winning DC based Composer/Sound Designer. He holds a Master of Music in Stage Music Composition from CUA. Credits include: Admissions, Curve of Departure at Studio Theatre; Snowchild, The Price, The Year of Magical Thinking, Mother Courage at Arena Stage; Crossing Mnissose at Portland Centerstage; Small Mouth Sounds, Doll House 2 at Roundhouse; Kid Prince and Pablo, The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 at Kennedy Center TYA; Fairview, Describe the Night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre; The Lathe of Heaven at Spooky Action Theater; CHARM, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies, Ulysses On Bottles, Oh God! at Mosaic Theater; Aubergine, The Importance of Being Earnest at Everyman Theatre; Singin' In The Rain, Matilda The Musical!, Tiger Style!, The Invisible Hand, On The Town, Aubergine, Annie, Thurgood, Fickle Fancy Farce, Dial M for Murder at Olney Theater Center; AIDA at Constellation Theatre; In This Hope: A Pericles Project; Hello My Name Is... at Welders; [410]Gone at Rorschach Theatre; FAME!; In the Heights at GALA Hispanic Theater.  https://roclee.net