“We Play Chekhov: Two Short Stories for the Stage” @ The Long Center | Aug 14-24

Breaking String We Play Chekhov Aug 2014

Breaking String Theater’s We Play Chekhov includes two of Chekhov’s masterful short stories adapted for the stage: The Black Monk (adapted by Kama Ginkas and translated by John Freedman) and the world premiere of playwright Eliza Bent‘s adaptation of Chekhov’s final story, The Fiancée. The Long Center | August 14-24 | #Austin #ATX

The Long Center
Rollins Studio
701 W. Riverside Drive
Austin, TX 78704

Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists @ UT Butler School of Music | Feb. 21 to March 2

Menuhin Competition 2014 Austin

The Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading competition for young violinists, takes place for the first time in the United States at the Butler School of Music on The University of Texas at #Austin campus, Feb. 21 to March 2. Two of the competitors currently reside in Texas: 12-year-old Claire Wells of Plano and Hao Miao, a University of North Texas undergraduate. Event includes concerts, master classes, and community activities with world-class musicians. Performances are open to the public and include #free and ticketed events.

POLKAPOCALYPSE | Multicultural Polka Festival | Nov. 23


The First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE, a multicultural polka festival, takes place Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at the Elisabet Ney Museum from Noon to 5 p.m. Tap your feet to the Czech, Polish, Slavic, Mexican-American and Ukrainian Polka beat. Lineup includes Brian Marshall, The Fabulous Polkasonics, Conjunto Los Pinkys, The Flying Balalaika Brothers, Mark Halata and Texavia. Family-Friendly and #FREE Admission. #Austin #ATX

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 East 44th Street
Austin, TX 78751

Breaking String (Russian) Theater Presents Open Reading of DULCEY AND ROXY AT CITY HALL | Nov. 6

Breaking String Dulcey and Roxy

Join the Breaking String Theater development team, renowned Russian playwright Maksym Kurochkin and prolific translator John Freedman for an open reading of “Dulcey and Roxy at City Hall” – a new play commissioned by Breaking String Theater. Admission is free for this one-time event. The reading culminates a week-long period of workshops during which time Kurochkin and Freedman work with the Breaking String team to develop his new play, right here in Austin. We are hoping the audience will provide critical feedback during a post-reading discussion, as this play enters the next phase of development.  Wed., Nov. 6, 2013 | 8 p.m.  | The Off Shoot | #Austin #ATX #Free

The Off Shoot
(Adjacent to The Off Center)
2211-A Hildalgo
Austin, TX 78702

International Music Festival Celebrates Diverse Cultures of Austin | Sept 7-8

Texas Music Museum 3rd Annual International Festival Sept 2013 Schedule

The Texas Music Museum presents the Third Annual International Music Festival celebrating the diverse cultures of Austin with FREE live entertainment and music from around the world. September 7-8, 2013 | Noon to 7 p.m. | George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center | #Free #Austin #ATX #ATXMusic

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center
1165 Angelina Street
Austin, TX 78702

New Russian Drama Festival 2013 | Feb. 8-10

New Russian Drama Festival 2012Breaking String Theater presents its third annual New Russian Drama Festival, February 8-10, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. Celebrated Russian playwright Yury Klavdiev joins Breaking String Theater for a five-day Austin residency, where he will join visiting artists for a weekend of discussions around contemporary Russian theater, and Mr. Klavdiev’s work. The main event will be “Strike: Two Plays by Yury Klavdiev.” Directed by Graham Schmidt, Breaking String Theater’s Artistic Director, and presented back-to-back, “I am the Machine Gunner” and “Martial Arts” launch audiences into Klavdiev’s world, inspired by his upbringing on the mean streets of a Russian industrial slum. A one-night only guest performance of Golden Hornet Project: Prokofiev’s “Visions Fugitives” takes place Sunday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. Staged readings and panel discussions are FREE and open to the public.

Visiting Artists:

David White (A.D., Generous Company); John Freedman (Theater Correspondent, The Moscow Times); Pavel Shishin (A.D., 5th Theater, Omsk); Maria Kroupnik (Independent Producer, Moscow)

Salvage Vanguard Theater
2803 Manor Road
Austin, TX 78722

RUSSIAN PLAY: “Vodka, F***king and Television” at Hyde Park Theatre (Nov 29 – Dec 15)

Breaking String Theater of Austin presents Vodka, F***ing and Television by Maksym Kurochkin, one of Russia’s greatest living playwrights, Nov. 29 – Dec. 15, 2012, at Hyde Park Theatre.

“Vodka, F***ing and Television” is a comedy set in the close confines of a struggling writer’s apartment. The three vices bedeviling the struggling writer—vodka, f***ing and television—are transformed into full-fledged characters, and each is given a chance to justify their presence in the hero’s life, or get the boot. (Directed by Liz Fisher and Translated by John C. Hanlon)

Breaking String Theater was founded in 2007 and quickly received  awards and nominations for outstanding productions of classical and contemporary Russian plays. Through its annual New Russian Drama Festival, Breaking String hosts sensational Russian playwrights for five-day residencies to accompany the American premieres of great Russian plays. Breaking String Theater is an important connector between Austin and Moscow theater communities.

Hyde Park Theatre
511 West 43rd Street
Austin, TX 78751

A Night of Songs from the U.S., Brazil, and Russia @ Cactus Café

Enjoy a night of world music featuring some of Austin’s best musicians –Antonio Dionisio, David Pulkingham, and Zhenya–as they perform favorites from the United States, Brazil, and Russia at the Cactus Cafe on Friday, August 24, 2012, from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  Doors open at 8:00 p.m.  General Admission $10.

Cactus Café
Inside the Texas Union Building on the UT Campus
24th & Guadalupe
Austin, TX 78712

Austin Music and Culture Festival

Celebrate the many diverse cultures of Austin at the Music and Culture Festival, June 9-10, 2012, at The Utopia Theater, School of Social Work Building, UT Austin.  Saturday performances include Chinese traditional and fusion music and dance, Indian subcontinent traditional music, music from the British Isles, and Russian folk music.  Sunday’s lineup includes Czech music and folk songs, Middle Eastern world music, Latin and South American music, and African traditional music.  (See complete schedule below.)  Free AdmissionPark Free in Lot #12 on Martin Luther King between Trinity and San Jacinto, and walk one block north to the Social Work Building on San Jacinto Blvd.

Image Credit: Austin Chinese Arts Association

Saturday, June 9th

11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Chinese Traditional and Fusion Music and DanceAustin Chinese Arts Association

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Indian Subcontinent (India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh) Traditional Music featuring Ustad Amzad Rahman and Company

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and English Music featuring The Blue Buckskin Winchers

4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian, and Balkan Music featuring The Flying Balalaika Brothers

Image Credit: The Flying Balalaika Brothers

Sunday, June 10th

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Czech Music and Folk Songs featuring The Czech Melody Masters and the Austin Happy Czech Singers

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Middle Eastern World Music (Turkey, Iraq, and Iran) featuring Atash

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Latin and South American Music (Puerto Rico, Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador) featuring Zafra with Javier Jara

4:45 – 6:00 p.m. African Traditional Music featuring Zoumountchi

The Utopia Theater, School of Social Work Building
The University of Texas at Austin
1925 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, TX 78712


The Music and Culture Festival is presented by the Texas Music Museum and co-sponsored by the School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin.  This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division.

2012 New Russian Drama Festival

Breaking String Theater in association with Fusebox Festival and the Center for International Theatre Development presents the 2012 New Russian Drama Festival at The Off Center, March 9 -11, 2012.

The New Russian Drama Festival features visits from and spotlights the work of Maksym Kurochkin – one of Russia’s most innovative and popular playwrights – and John Freedman – Moscow based critic, playwright, scholar and translator. Through a series of staged readings, conversations and receptions with its Russian partners, Breaking String Theater offers Austin audiences unique access and context to the latest developments in one of the world’s most important and vibrant theater communities.  FREE and open to the public.

The Off Center
2211 Hidalgo Street
Austin, TX 78702


Festival Schedule