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Shakespeare Brings Nations Closer, Russian Stage Director Says
Yevgeni Pisarev, head of the Pushkin Theater, believes his troupe has managed to show the American public how dynamic Russian theater is, TASS reports. He added that the invitation to open the large-scale Shakespeare Festival in Chicago was a sign of acclaim.
The Russian troupe performed Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure in Chicago yesterday. The production premiered in Moscow in the fall of 2013. It was directed by famous English stage director Declan Donnellan who is known worldwide for his Shakespeare productions. Donnellan has extensively worked in Russia; he considers the Pushkin Theater one of his favorite theater companies.
“Shakespeare’s works have been bringing nations closer for over 400 years—even those nations that have difficulty understanding each other today,” Yevgeni Pisarev said.
The theater director added the troupe was planning to perform Measure for Measure in Chicago several times. “If everything goes well, we might consider the possibility of a North American tour,” he added.