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 #ATXThe Long Center Rollins Studio 701 W. Riverside Drive Austin, TX 78704
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.
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 #ATXElisabet Ney Museum 304 East 44th Street Austin, TX 78751
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 #FreeThe Off Shoot (Adjacent to The Off Center) 2211-A Hildalgo Austin, TX 78702
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 #ATXMusicGeorge Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center 1165 Angelina Street Austin, TX 78702
Breaking 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:2803 Manor Road Austin, TX 78722
“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