UC Santa Barbara's Department of Theater/Dance Presents THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS, 2/14-22

UC Santa Barbara's Department of Theater/Dance Presents THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS, 2/14-22

The Department of Theater/Dance at UC Santa Barbara invites you to join us on an adventure through enchanted Russia in the upcoming production of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, by Meg Miroshnik and directed by Tom Whitaker (winner, Indy Awards in Direction, These Shining Lives). The play runs February 14 - 22, 2014 in the UC Santa Barbara Performing Arts Theater.

The story begins in 2005 when a twenty-year-old girl named Annie returns to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous Post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears. Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairytale: her own.

A finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award, the play is the winner of the Kendeda Award and through that award, premiered at the Alliance Theater. In a Russian translation (by Maria Kroupnik), it was the winner of the Masterskaya na Begavoi and is a part of the Repertory at the Moscow Playwright and Director Center. The play was produced at Washington Ensemble Theater in September 2012, and will have its professional American premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in February 2014.

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls performs February 14 - 22, 2014 in the UCSB Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are available online at www.theaterdance.ucsb.edu and by phone at 805.893.7221.

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