Film Society Presents the Fall Season of STAGE ON SCREEN

Film Society Presents the Fall Season of STAGE ON SCREEN

The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul presents the fall season of STAGE ON SCREEN, a program of the world's finest stage performances from London's National Theatre and Moscow's Stage Russia, on-screen in HD at the St. Anthony Main Theatre. These presentations are filmed in front of a live audience in the London or Moscow theater, with cameras are carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the "best seat in the house" view of each production. Where these cameras are placed is different for each presentation, to make sure that cinema audiences enjoy the best possible experience every time. Please contact Jesse Bishop or Peter Schilling with questions about this program.
This season, we proudly present:


Part of National Theater Live. The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. In Simon Stone's radical production of Lorca's achingly powerful masterpiece, a young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child. The unmissable theatre phenomenon sold out at The Young Vic and critics call it 'an extraordinary theatrical triumph' (The Times). Set in contemporary London, Piper's portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax. Directed by Simon Stone. UK. 105 min. English.

Screening Monday, September 25 @ 7:00PM; Wednesday, September 27 @ 1:00PM; and Saturday, October 7 at 1:00PM.


Part of Stage Russia. Yury Butusov's frenetic production of Anton Chekov's masterpiece abounds in an incredible freedom and openness, delving deep into the throes of artistic creation and the anguish of the artist who struggles to find a language of his own. This is not only a performance about the theatre, it is an anthology of the theatre that devours its children like monsters. With the shuffling of actors' roles, audiences begin to sense something of a quadraphonic portrait of the creative personality, which demonstrates that greatness is precariously close to mediocrity while suggesting that the opposite is also true. Chekhov's characters are in the process of creating their lives or watching them fall apart, which, according to Butusov, may be a closely related activity. Directed by Yury Butusov. Russia. 220 min. Russian w/English subtitles.

Screening Monday, October 2 @ 7:00PM and Saturday, October 14 at 1:00PM.


Part of Stage Russia. Sergey Zhenovach's adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's comedy centers around a young, unemployed man desperate enough to contemplate ending it all. As soon as he declares his will to die he finds himself surrounded by a variety of characters begging him to kill himself as a gesture for their cause. Flattered by this notoriety but panicked at the prospect of actually having to go through with it, he must find a way out that somehow leaves his dignity intact. The play, originally written in 1928, forms a link in Russian literary history between the satirical mastery of Nikolai Gogol and the post-World War II Theatre of the Absurd. Directed by Sergey Zhenovach. Russia. 180 min. Russian w/English subtitles.

Screening Monday, November 27 @ 7:00PM and Saturday, December 2 @ 1:00PM.


Part of National Theatre Live. Tracie Bennett, Janie Dee and Imelda Staunton play the magnificent Follies in Stephen Sondheim's legendary musical, staged for the first time at the National Theatre. New York, 1971: there's a party on the stage of the Weismann Theatre. Tomorrow the iconic building will be demolished. Thirty years after their final performance, the Follies girls gather to have a few drinks, sing a few songs and lie about themselves. Directed by Dominic Cooke. UK. 210 min. English.

Screening Monday, December 4, 7:00PM; Wednesday, December 6 @ 1:00PM; and Saturday, December 9 @ 1:00PM.

Tickets available now at
Monday and Saturday screenings:$20 General Admission$15 Film Society Members$10 Students (box office only)
Wednesday screenings:$14 General Admission$12 Film Society Members$10 Students (box office only)

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