STEPS Theatre is celebrating its 15 theatrical season with the production of "Ask Joseph" an original play by Slava Stepnov and Roman Freud. Theatergoers of New York will be presented with a unique drama in which the distinct echo of Chekhov's "Seagull" is in a peculiar intertwine with the life and artistic career of the Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Even though the play is based on selected episodes from Brodsky's biography, this story is not about any particular person. It is rather about those who had the courage to drastically change their lives by abandoning their familiar environment and ended up on the verge of catastrophic cultural and emotional split.
Love, mystery, adultery, scandals and spies are just a few of the turns and twists of the plot. "Ask Joseph" is an attempt made by STEPS to get a sneak pick in to the mystery of human talent, think about the stereotypes of self-identification, but most importantly to try and convince its audience that language is a sacred gift we were given by accident and it is our duty to preserve and enrich it...
The cast: Yelena Stroganova, Liza Kaymin, Roman Freud, David Varer, Sergey Nagorny, Pavel Solodovnikov,
Alexander Kargaltsev , Natasha Romanova, Misha Freud.
The play will be performed in Russian with English subtitles
Directed by Slava Stepnov
Set and Light: Lev Chesnov, Costumes: Marina Peshchanskaya,
Music: Dmitry Sokolovsky, Boris Zeldin