Hurricane Sandy, which brought significant disruption to the lives of New
Yorkers, the November premier of Ask Joseph
took place as
scheduled. It was a new collaborative work by Slava Stepnov
and Roman Freud
, a unique drama in which the distinct
echoes of Chekhov's "Seagull" is in the peculiar intertwine with the life
and artistic career of the Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky
The production was very well accepted by both theatre-goers and critics.
is not a story about a particular individual.
Rather it is about those who had the courage to drastically change their
lives by abandoning their familiar environments, and end up on the verge of
catastrophic cultural and emotional divisions. Love, mystery, adultery,
scandal and spies are just a few of the turns and twists of the plot.
As Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
said in his support letter,
"For 15 years, Steps Theatre has been an important part of New York City
landscape. As its original play Ask Joseph
join its members and friends in looking forward to Steps continuing to
thrill its audiences both here in New York and abroad"
In April Steps will present reworked and finalized version of "Ask
The cast: Yelena Stroganova, Liza Kaymin, Roman Freud, David Varer, Sergey
Nagorny, Pavel Solodovnikov, Misha Freud.
The play performs in Russian with English subtitles