WRITTEN BY MIKHAIL BULGAKOV
ADAPTED BY KEITH REDDIN
DIRECTED BY MIKHAEL TARA GARVER
FEBRUARY 3-6, 2010
DIRECTING THESIS | THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE
By Mikhail Bulgakov
Adaptation by Keith Reddin
A world premiere event with music by Andrew Gerle and
lyrics by Royce Vavrek
Directed by Mikhael Tara Garver
In association with The New Ensemble
Created by Ken Barnett*, Alexander Borinsky, Joe Cassidy*,
Jeremiah Matthew Davis, Stephen Dobbie, Ava Eisenson,
Jason Fleitz*, Mary Ethelwyn Guiteras, DaniKarliner,
Beth Ann Leone*, Sydney Maresca, Justin Ness*, Will
Pickens, Seth Reiser, Alexandra Seal, Eric Slater*, Eric
Southern, D. Westerholm, Paul Wolfram, & Cassie Wooley*
* Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association
Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play
Mikhael Tara Garver (Director) is a director, choreographer and writer from
Washington D.C. She was the Artistic Director and Co-founder of Uma Productions in Chicago,
IL for seven fantastic years. With Uma, her directing credits include Moment: Three Days of
Rain & The Author’s Voice; The Lover; why they invented dancing, an adaptation she also
choreographed and co-wrote from several plays by Charles Mee produced in Chicago, IL and at
the Bank Street Theater in New York; The Pool of Bethesda (After Dark Award); Enter Alice,
which she also choreographed; the Chicago premiere of Recent Tragic Events by Craig Wright
(top ten shows Time Out/Chicago Tribune); The Violet Hour; Faith Healer (Jeff Award); and
the Midwest premiere of Orange Lemon Egg Canary. While making her own work, Garver assisted
Martha Clarke, Charlie Newell, Gary Griffin, Jeremy Cohen and Anne Bogart. Mikhael received
a B.S. from Northwestern Univeristy and is currently a candidate for her MFA in directing
at Columbia University. At Columbia University she is a recipient of the Heyward Fellowship
Award and has developed around forty pieces of work. Some of her favorites have been Alcestis
deconstructed, six stages of a floating life, and don juan/the seaside; Mourning by Jason
Platt and Three Sisters translated by Curt Columbus. Outside of Columbia, she has worked at
Collaboraction Theater, American Conservatory Theater, NYU – Steinhardt, American Theater
Company, Timeline Theatre, Court Theatre, and Steppenwolf Theater Company. She has taught at
Columbia University, American Repertory Theater, Boston College, and in Chicago on the craft
of immersive theater. In New York she has directed & developed the world premieres of For
Homeostasis; The Legislative Proces; Checkpoint; and First Odd Prime. In the spring of 2009
she created the piece nonplay: shadows of a dream; inspired by Strindbergs dream play and
e.e. cummings poetry with original music by Andrew Gerle and lyrics by Royce Vavrek. In the
summer of 2009 she was the associate director on Juvenal Players by Pablo Helguera at Grand
Arts Center in Kansas City, MO and selected as on of the National Theater of Scotland’s
emerging artists at the Edinburgh International Festival. She is currently the staff director
of Sleep No More: a production by punchdrunk at American Repertory Theater. Mikhael is the
associate producer of the 2010 Emerging America Festival at A.R.T. and the Artistic Director
of The New Ensemble.
On a stormy night, Sergei sits alone with his first great novel in a small room in Moscow.
A knock at the door propels him down the rabbit hole into an adventure of ridiculous proportions.
This World Premiere event melds together the hilarious and stunning adaptation by Keith Reddin
with an epic original score. From the thunderous sound of the keys, the true music of a man’s
voice battles your expectations.
Photos by Carol Rosegg.
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