For Immediate Release:
The Storm Theatre
The North American Premiere of the Olivier Award Winning Play
By John Hodge, directed by Peter Dobbins
Begins Performances on January 8; Opening January 14, 2016
440 Grand Street at St. Mary’s Church
★ ★ ★ ★
“Rare and special… An absurdly fantastic view of Stalin, and it’s seriously funny.”
The London Times
New York: This January, The Storm Theatre (Peter Dobbins, Producing Artistic Director; Fleur Alys Dobbins , Associate Artistic Director) will present North American Premiere of the 2012 Olivier Award winning play COLLABORATORS by John Hodge, directed by Peter Dobbins. COLLABORATORS will begin performances at Grand Hall (440 Grand Street at St. Mary’s Church) on January 8 and will open on January 14 through February 13, 2016. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting Smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.
Hilarious and chilling, Collaborators is the story of the brilliant dissident writer Mikhail Bulgakov, who is chosen by Joseph Stalin to write a celebratory bio play titled "YOUNG JOSEPH". Collaborators is a surreal imagining, based on a true story, about what happens when artists veer too far from their true path and compromise with repressive power.
“Collaborators is hysterically funny and smart theatre, which is exactly what we look to present as a theatre company. I was surprised to find out that this play has not been presented in the US. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to present the North American premiere of such an amazing, award winning work.” says Storm Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director, Peter Dobbins.
Collaborators was originally presented at the Royal National Theatre, London, in 2011, it starred Alex Jennings as Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale as Stalin. It won the 2012 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and called “★ ★ ★ ★... A truly tremendous double act which thrills, chills and makes you laugh out loud - even though you know you shouldn't.” Daily Telegraph; “★ ★ ★ ★, Collaborators is fresh and energetic, with a thick, throbbing vein of grotesque humour.” Evening Standard
Cast includes: Brian J. Carter (Off-Broadway: Wit. Film: The Family Fang Sex, Death and Bowling) as Mikhail Bulgakov, Ross DeGraw (NY: Honor Bound. TV: “Boardwalk Empire”) as Joseph Stalin, Mark Addy (Olivier Award winner for this role in the original production at the National, Film: The Full Monte) as Vladimir with Robin Haynes (Broadway: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Blood Brothers) more to be announced. Creative team includes: Fleur Alys Dobbins (Assistant Director), Rebecca Grazi (Scenic Design), Michael Abrams (Lighting Design), Joel Abbott (Sound Design), Courtney Irizarry (Costume Design).
By John Hodge, directed by Peter Dobbins
Beginning Performances on January 8; Opening on January 14 through February 13, 2016
Thursday- Saturday at 7:30pm; Saturday Matinees at 2pm
Additional Performance Monday 1/11/16 at 7:30
Grand Hall is located at 440 Grand Street at St. Mary’s Church
M B D Train to Essex Street
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by visiting Smarttix.com or by calling (212) 868-4444.
For more information on Collaborators of Storm Theatre please visit StormTheatre.com
Press Performances are: Saturday, January 9 at 7:30pm; Monday, January 11 at 7:30pm;
Thursday, January 14 at 7:30pm (opening)
Mr. Dobbins and the cast are available for interviews. To arrange interviews or press seats please contact JT Public Relations by calling call (646) 481-6583 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JOHN HODGE (Playwright) Film: Trance (Cloud 8 Films) Dir: Danny Boyle, The Dark Is Rising (Walden Media/Marc Platt/Twentieth Century-Fox), from the book by Susan Cooper, Dir: David Cunningham, The Final Curtain (DNA Films) Dir: Patrick Harkins, THE BEACH (Figment Films/Twentieth Century Fox) Dir: Danny Boyle, A Life Less Ordinary (Channel 4) Dir: Danny Boyle, TRAINSPOTTING (Channel 4) Dir: Danny Boyle, Shallow Grave (Channel 4) Dir: Danny Boyle.Theatre: Collaborators (National Theatre), Dir: Nicholas Hytner; for which John won the 2012 Olivier Award for Best New Play. Collaborators is published by Grove Atlantic.
PETER DOBBINS (Producing Artistic Director - The Storm Theatre) r is a cofounder and Artistic Director of The Storm Theatre, having directed T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, Dion Boucicault’s The Shaughraun, and Arrah~na~Pogue, Stewart Parker’s Spokesong, William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, The Karol Wojtyła Festival: The Jeweler’s Shop, Jeremiah, and Our God’s Brother, the North AmericanPremiere of The House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and the world premieres of The Last Starfighter by Skip Kennon and Fred Landau, and Linnea by John Regis. He also directed “The Paul Claudel Project” featuring The Tidings
Brought to Mary, The Satin Slipper, and Noon Divide. Recently he directed the critically acclaimed The London Merchant by George Lillo, The President and The Play’s The Thing by Ferenc Molnár, Marius by Marcel Pagnol, Le Cid byPierre Corneille, translated into English verse by Richard Wilbur and Antigone by Jean Anouilh. He received a BA in Communications and Theatre from Temple University and attended SMU’s Professional Actors Training MFA program.
STORM THEATRE (Producer)