ANNA: LOVE IN THE COLD WAR Begins at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, 4/22

By: Mar. 29, 2011
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Two lost souls share an intimate moment, each learning to love and dream again, in playwright Nancy P. Moss's intimate historical drama Anna: Love in the Cold War. The play takes place during a bitter winter night in 1945 Leningrad, where oppression and suspicion are commonplace and one never knows who may be listening. Directed by Joshua A. Kashinsky, Anna: Love in the Cold War will begin performances on April 22nd at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre, located at 312 West 36th Street.

Beloved and respected by the Russian people and the world's literary elite, poet Anna Gorenkio (a.k.a. Anna Akhmatova) has not been allowed to publish in her native land for over 20 years. On this particular night she welcomes Isaiah Berlin, a lonely Jewish professor from Oxford, whose family fled Russia when he was a child. Suspicious of her visitor at first, Anna slowly opens up to this ardent admirer, recalling her life as a child, her many lovers and the pain she has felt for her country and why she has never left, despite her many opportunities to do so. As the evening progresses, the two engage in a sort of love affair, one which threatens both their safeties and which begins in a smoke-filled Paris café where they lock eyes across a crowded room; and ending with the two debating just what true freedom really means.

A harsh look at the demands of artistic and personal integrity, not to mention taking more than a few swipes at American consumerism, Anna: Love in the Cold War is based on the actual 1945 meeting between Anna Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin in Leningrad, and features numerous selections of Anna's actual verse. A 2002 review of the play in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin noted the production "packed power and charm". Anna: Love in the Cold War will feature April Woodall* and Matt W. Cody*. Poems translated by Judith Hemschemeyer. General managers for the show are John Chatterton and Emileena Pedigo. The set designer is Chris Minard, costume designer is Valerie Bart and lighting designer is Duane Pagano. The production is an Equity-Approved Showcase.

Nancy P. Moss's Anna was produced in Honolulu by The Actors Group in 2002 and won a statewide award for Best Original Script. In 2008, Honolulu's Kumu Kahua Theatre produced her play Hostage Wife, and The Actors Group, also in Honolulu, presented Ring of Fire, both plays being about the Iraq war. Hostage Wife also won the Abingdon Theatre's Wolk Award in 2005. An earlier Iraq War play, The Last Outpost, had a reading at Abingdon Theatre in 2004 and a Honolulu production at Marks Garage in 2005. Two other Iraq War plays, More Brave Than Me and The Base, won Kumu Kahua's Residents Award. Her musical Infinite Jest, on the life and works of the British writer Laurence Sterne, played at Honolulu's Tenney Theatre in 1998 and had a New York showcase in 2002. Her latest play, Will the Real Charlie Chan Please Stand Up?, tells the story of the real-life Honolulu police detective who inspired the fictional Charlie Chan.

Joshua A. Kashinsky's recent projects include the new musical Honestly Abe by Robert Hecker (La Muse Venale/Mint Theater), a reading of Dead and Buried by James McLindon (Luna Stage) and producing The Mad 7 by Yehuda Hyman (dir. Mara Isaacs) in the NY International Fringe Festival. Other directing credits include McCarter Theatre's Youth Ink! Festival and MCC Theatre's Youth Company. Josh was recently a Directing and Producing Assistant at McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ where he assisted Des McAnnuff, Amy Morton and Nicholas Martin. As a playwright, his work has been seen in California, New York, Maine and Ontario. Most recently his play Heels in the Sand had a reading at Woodie King Jr.'s New Federal Theatre. He is the recipient of the Lipkin Prize and is a Corwin Award winner. Josh is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild.

Beginning Friday, April 22nd and running through Sunday May 8th, Anna: Love in the Cold War will be presented at the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre located at 312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues) on the first floor. Show times are Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2pm. There is no 8pm performance on Wednesday, April 27th. Tickets are $18.00, $15.00 for students and seniors. For group rates, please contact John Chatterton at

Reservations: 212-868-4444 or
Information: Members of the press are invited to all performances.


Anna: Love in the Cold War
Written by Nancy Moss
Directed by Joshua A. Kashinsky
Poems translated by Judith Hemschemeyer
General Managers: John Chatterton and Emileena Pedigo
Set Designer: Chris Minard
Costume Designer: Valerie Bart
Lighting Designer: Duane Pagano

Featuring: April Woodall* and Matt W. Cody*

The production is an Equity-Approved Showcase

One cold wintry night in 1945 Leningrad, Anna Gorenkio (a.k.a. Anna Akhmatova), a respected and much-beloved poet, who hasn't been allowed to publish her work for over 20 years, receives a visitor from the West, a lonely Jewish professor from Oxford University, who has long admired Anna and her poetry. During the course of a single evening, and under the constant fear of not knowing who is watching them or listening in, the two form a mutual bond over love, poetry, and their shared backgrounds and learn to dream once again.

Dorothy Strelsin Theatre
312 West 36th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues), 1st Floor

Friday, April 22-Sunday, May 8th
Wednesday-Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
No show on Wednesday, April 27th

$18.00 or $15.00 for students and seniors
For group rates, please contact John Chatterton at

212-868-4444 or


Take the A, C, E, 1, 2, or 3 train to 34th Street

Members of the press are invited to all performances

* - member of Actors' Equity



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