PARTS UNKNOWN is a free play reading series showcasing new plays and plays in translation from around the world, including works by writers unfamiliar to U.S. audiences.
VTC is proud to partner with the 53rd Street Branch of the New York Public Library to present the Parts Unknown series in their newly opened atrium.
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
Thursday, April 20 7PM
THE CONSPIRACY OF FEELINGS
by Yurii Olesha
Directed by Wayne Maugans
Yurii Olesha adapted THE CONSPIRACY OF FEELINGS in 1928 from his highly successful novel ENVY. Premiering at the Vakhtangov Theatre in 1929, it became one of the most celebrated and controversial plays of the period between the wars. The story revolves around a pathetic young drifter named Kavalerov, whose loathing for life under the new Soviet regime is personified by his grossly successful benefactor Andrei Babichev, a sausage manufacturer. When Andrei’s brother Ivan appears in town rallying for a “conspiracy of feelings” to protest the cold rationalism of the new era, Kavalerov’s dream of a return to former times is rekindled. But has history’s hand already been played? The CONSPIRACY OF FEELINGS is a satire about conflicting values in the Marxist-Leninist state of the 1920s.
This reading is being presented to mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and is a featured cultural event of Russian-American History Month, sponsored by Russian-American Cultural Heritage Center (RACH-C).
New York Public Library 18 W 53 Street (bet. 5/6 Ave)
PARTS UNKNOWN Reading Series is supported in part with public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by Creative Engagement, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.