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 A son and his father

A son and his father... A man and his mistresses... A poet and his country... A genius, captive of his time...

Ask-Josef FlyerDespite 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. Ask Joseph 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 premieres, we 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 Joseph".

The cast: Yelena Stroganova, Liza Kaymin, Roman Freud, David Varer, Sergey Nagorny, Pavel Solodovnikov, Misha Freud.


The play performs in Russian with English subtitles
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