Theater of Nations Shukshin's Stories

Theater of Nations Shukshin's Stories

Theater of Nations Shukshin's Stories

New York, NY

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New York City Center

Based on the famous stories by Vasily Shukshin
Director and Set designer: ALVIS HERMANIS

Starring Chulpan Khamatova, Evgeny Mironov, Julia Peresild, Yulia Svezhakova, Alexander Grishin, Pavel Akimkin, Alexander Novin and Dmitriy Zhuravlev

Mironov is "Astoundingly perceptive in all that concerns his character’s emotional essence and rationale." — Teatr Magazine
Khamatova is "one of Russia’s most versatile actors." — The Moscow News

Renowned actors Chulpan Khamatova, Evgeny Mironov and Julia Peresild, who received rave reviews for their performance in Miss Julie during the 2015, return to New York City Center for FOUR PERFORMANCES ONLY on JUNE 8 - 11, 2016 with a critically acclaimed production of "Shukshin's Stories" directed by Alvis Hermanis (Latvia).
Based on the famous stories of Vasily Shukshin, Siberia-born iconic writer of the Soviet era, this vivid and witty production comprises 10 vignettes full of love, humor, nostalgia, laughter, and authenticity. The play is a winner of prestigious Golden Mask Theatre Award in 3 nominations, and The Crystal Turandot Theatrical Award. It has toured internationally to The Vienna Festival (Austria), Teatrformen (Hannover, Germany), International Festival in Helsinki (Finland), Golden Mask in Baltia Riga (Latvia), Tallinn (Estonia) and Vilnius (Lithuania), Tel-Aviv Centennial Festival (Israel), International Festival of Modern Drama (Berlin, Germany) and Dutch Festival (Amsterdam).
The intense and colorful texts by Vasily Shukshin together with the star-studded cast and the delicate direction by Alvis Hermanis have created an ideal recipe.

The play is performed in Russian, with English supertitles.


Theatre of Nations is a unique structure within the system of the Russian cultural institutions. In terms of the scope and versatility of its activities, it has no analogues in the practices of the national theatre. Founded in 1987 under the name of the Theatre of Friendship, it was renamed in 1991 into the State Theatre of Nations. The Theatre of Nations develops and implements a variety of theatre programs, organizes and holds national and international festivals, presents the best Russian and foreign productions of all genres and trends, produces its own performances, and pursues the ultimate goal of becoming the center for bringing up a new generation of theater practitioners.

The Theatre of Nations dedicates a significant part of its artistic life to its own productions. Its repertoire boasts a variety of genres and names of stage directors, including performances by such artists of world fame as Robert Wilson (USA), Alvis Hermanis (Latvia), Robert Lepage (Canada), Luc Bondy (France), Eimuntas Nekrosius (Lithuania), Thomas Ostermeier (Germany), Javor Gardev (Bulgaria), Russian director Andrey Moguchy, as well as performances by young directors Nikita Grinshpun, Tufan Imamutdinov, Timofei Kulyabin, and Dmitry Volkostrelov, most of whom made their professional debut on the Theater of Nations stage. The Theatre of Nations has been constantly touring, in most cases, as a member of the major Russian and European theatre festivals. Performances by the Theater of Nations have repeatedly received various prestigious awards and honors.


Alvis Hermanis

Born 1965 in Riga, Latvia, the internationally acclaimed director, Alvis Hermanis, was recently named among the ten most influential European theater personalities of the last ten years by DU MagazineSwiss periodical for arts and culture. Mr. Hermanis currently works with major European theater companies, including Burgtheater Vienna, Schaubuehne Berlin, Munchner Kammerspiele, and Schauspielhaus Zurich; and in opera houses including La Scala Milano, State Opera Berlin, and La Monnaie Brussels.
He has staged operas at the Salzburg Festspiele since 2012, and will continue in the 2015 and 2016 seasons. His most recent staging there was of Trovatore featuring Placido Domingo and Anna Netrebko. His next opera premiere will be La Damnation de Faust with Opera de Paris, featuring Jonas Kaufman. In 2018, he will direct a new staging of Lohengrin at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival. Mr. Hermanis’s theater productions have been presented at major theater festivals ranging from Avignon to Edinburgh, and have toured to more than 40 countries. His many accolades include the Europe Prize New Theatre Realities, the Stanislavsky Award, two Golden Mask Awards (Moscow), Max Reinhardt Pen (Salzburg Festspiele), Nestroy Preis (Austria), and the Konrad Wolf Award (Germany). He has been artistic director of the New Riga Theatre since 1997.

Festival 2016