Stars from Broadway, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK and More Set for PROPAGANDA Festival; Cast Announced!

Further Casting announced for PROPAGANDA: A Festival Celebrating Russian Voices. Staged readings will feature Orange is the New Black's Uzo Aduba and Catherine Curtin, Broadway's Dan Oreskes, Tobias Segal, Thomas Schall, Nadia Bowers, and Jason Tam, Blue Bloods' Robert Sella, Kings' Michael Crane, The Bridge Project's Michelle Beck, and The West Wing's Thomas Kopache in new plays by groundbreaking Russian playwrights.

Panel Discussions will feature New York Times journalist Masha Gessen, US News and World Report Journalist Nancy Goldstein, Towleroad Legal Editor Ari Ezra Waldman, and Olympic Medalist Derrick Adkins,

The festival of staged readings and panels will be held at Cooper Union, at 41 Cooper Square, on Saturday, January 18th and Sunday, January 19th and co-sponsored by The Lark Play Development Center and the Cooper Union Department of Continuing Education and Public Programs. Propaganda spotlights Russia's recent anti-propaganda law in relation to sport, performance, and LGBT and Olympic history. Tickets for Propaganda's events are available at

On January 18th at 3pm in Cooper Union's Rose Auditorium, Propaganda: A Festival Celebrating Russian Voices will feature the first ever presentation of Daria Wilke's acclaimed 2013 LGBT Young Adult Novel The Jester's Cap, in a new theatrical adaptation, followed by the panel Translating Experience. On January 18th at 7pm, the first English translation of celebrated playwright Oleg Mikhailov's drama Pelmeny, as well as a reading of Vladimir Nabokov's seminal work on sport, Breitenstrater-Paolino, will be presented, followed by the panel Civil Liberties: Examining Russia's Past, Present and Future, moderated by Nancy Goldstein, journalist for the Guardian and U.S. News & World Report.

On January 19th at 5pm in Cooper Union's Great Hall, Tess Berry-Hart's acclaimed docu- drama SOCHI 2014 will be presented for the first time in the US. The reading will feature Broadway alums Michael Rosen and Thomas Schall and Orange is the New Black regulars Uzo Aduba and Catherine Curtin. Following the reading, at 6:30pm, Masha Gessen, journalist and NY Times International Opinion contributor, will make her first public appearance since expatriating from Russia, speaking in a panel discussion entitled Sport and Art in a Censored Society. Also featured on the panel will be Olympic medalist Derrick Adkins and Spectrum president Larry Poltavtsev. Moderating will be Ari Ezra Waldman, legal editor at Towleroad. The online theater journal HowlRound will air a live stream of this panel on HowlRound TV, as well as publish a series of articles by and about Propaganda's artists and participants in the week leading up to the festival.

Producing Artistic Director of the Festival is director and Timer Warner Fellow Lauren Keating. The Lark Play Development Center has partnered with Propaganda to support the development of these newly translated works in preparation of their presentation at Cooper Union. The political and social history of Cooper Union's Great Hall, the site that has seen many landmark speeches in American history, makes it the ideal setting for Propaganda, as artists, athletes, public policy makers and journalists discuss civil liberties at home, abroad and on the Olympic stage. All proceeds from Propaganda: A Festival Celebrating Russian Voices will benefit the Spectrum Human Rights Alliance. Spectrum is a leading international organization devoted to human rights advancement on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression in Eastern Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and former Soviet Union countries.

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