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The dysfunctional Apartov clan experiences sex, death and American migration in a world premiere at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival
The dysfunctional Apartov clan experiences sex, death and American migration in a world premiere at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival
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World Premiere of Novaya Zemlya,or a Strange New Land at the Downtown Urban Theater Festival

Help a Sister Out! What sister you ask? Why Dascha Apartov! Erotic painter/nubile virgin child bride of the infamous Apartov clan. A clan that includes among them: Elena: a big bad mama bear, Boris: a meat hawking propagandist and amateur poet and Serge: a Coney Island freak show in the making.

With guest appearances by Raina: the blinged out ballerina and Popov: retired general with a penchant for fresh meat and nuclear explosions. Not to be missed: a roving KGB officer, a wandering witch and a bear if you’re lucky.

Here’s the deal.

The whole clan will debut at the Downtown Urban Theatre Festival on March 7th at the HERE Arts Center in SoHo. But we need your help to make it possible.
And what exactly will these characters be up to, you ask?

Here’s The Story:

A brother and sister live in an idyllic dacha oblivious to the world at large for over ten years. Many things happen in this time: the Chernobyl meltdown, the fall of Communism, the mass exodus of Jews and the rise of Roseanne among them.

From the makers of many other strange plays:

Playwright Mila Golubov

Mila Golubov is Brooklyn based playwright. Her plays and solo show have been featured in the United Solo Festival, Dixon Place HOT festival, Manhattan Rep Winterfest, EATfest, ESPA Detention Series, The Player's Theater, HyperAware Theater Company: Gutterdrunk series, Altruistic Theater Co: Bare Knuckle Theatre Fest and as part of Guerilla Girls We are Theatre Night. This is the first production of her full length play Novaya Zemlya.

Director Daniella Caggiano

Daniella is a native New Yorker, freelance director and the literary manager for Bedlam Ensemble. Recent directing credits include Outside Providence (FringeNYC, Manhattan Repertory Theatre), ALICE (The Shell), The Delirium of Edgar Allan Poe (Altered Stages 2), The Tell-Tale Text (Players Theatre), and In A Relationship (Emerging Artists Theatre, Dixon Place, United Solo). Daniella also works at The Public Theater and has held various positions at FringeNYC, The Flea, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Classic Stage Company, and Signature Theatre Company. B.A. Sarah Lawrence College. www.daniellacaggiano.com

Those people sound great. So, what’s the problem you ask?

Unfortunately, epic Russian fairy tales don’t come cheap. That’s why every ruble, dollar and or check will be used wisely toward the gathering of theatrical provisions and the providing of meat rations for our burly cast and crew.

Things we need ample funds for:

Gigantic Fruits

Peasantwear

A Balalaika

A bear or the suggestion thereof

A baby or the suggestion thereof

A hut on chicken legs

An airplane window

A painting of a vagina or a painting that looks like a vagina based on the angle you look at it. (this is extra expensive.)

The caretaking of actors and stagehands.

As you can see, this will be one big fat Russian play. But only with your help!

What bribery do we have for you, you ask?

Every contributor will receive a shout out on the Facebook. And the Twitter.

For contributions between $10 and $200, you will get a variety of joys including signed programs, tickets, space for your own advertisement (or meat bulletin) in our program, and other such treasures.

For every $250 dollars we receive, Boris will write a special meat bulletin just for you. You choose the meat:  pastrami, bologna a honey-baked ham.  Any meat will do. If you give you shall receive in your inbox.

If you personally donate $500 or more you will receive a rose painting that may or may not look like vagina.

What are these strange gifts? You ask. See the play and find out.

(image © Jason Levesque)

Risks and challenges

We don't anticipate any risks and challenges in the dacha, but should they arise, we will fight with teamwork, resourcefulness, and loyalty to motherland.
Potential setbacks include last minute changes to festival procedures, bear attacks, unanticipated rehearsal needs, visits from Baba Yaga resulting in actor illness, nuclear activity, broken balalaika strings or other set piece mishaps, the canceling of the Roseanne show or other such atrocities.

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