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Dissident Russian Director Dmitry Krymov Granted Residency With New York's La MaMa

The off-off-Broadway venue will host two workshops developed by Krymov: Eugene Onegin (In Our Own Words) and Americans: 2 Hems and ⅛ O'Neill.

Dmitry Krymov leads actors in rehearsal for his residency at La MaMa.
(© Marina Levitskaya)

Dissident Russian director Dmitry Krymov, now exiled in the United States for speaking out against Russia's war in Ukraine, will helm a pair of workshops as part of a residency at La MaMa from December 9-22.

Eugene Onegin (In Our Own Words) (December 9-18) reimagines Pushkin's tale of a superfluous aristocrat and his intrigues as a tale about four Russia refugees newly arrived in New York City.

Americans: 2 Hems and ⅛ O'Neill is described as "an experimental mashup of three pieces," Ernest Hemingway's short stories "Hills Like White Elephants" and "A Canary for One," and an excerpt from O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms.

Founder of Moscow's experimental Krymov Lab, Krymov has previously directed Opus No. 7 at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse. He has been in the United States since directing a production of The Cherry Orchard at Philadelphia's Wilma Theater earlier this year. According to Rolling Stone, all of Krymov's shows have been banned from Russian theaters in retaliation for his anti-war stance.


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