La MaMa presents the American premiere of London's Gate Theatre's production of THE KREUTZER SONATA through March 25.
Adapted by Nancy Harris from Leo Tolstoy’s Novella;
Directed by Natalie Abrahami and Featuring the Original Cast
When it was first published in 1889, Leo Tolstoy’s The Kreutzer Sonata immediately became a cause célèbre and was banned by the Russian authorities for its explicit portrayal of the corrupting power of sexual obsession and jealousy. Tolstoy had been inspired by the Beethoven piece of the same name and hoped one day to see his work performed to the accompaniment of music.
Over a century later, London’s Gate Theatre has realized Tolstoy’s dream, commissioning celebrated young playwright Nancy Harris to adapt Tolstoy’s text for a production that incorporates film, live music and performance. The resulting show, directed by the Gate’s departing co-Artistic Director Natalie Abrahami, made its world premiere at the Gate in 2009, winning vast critical praise and breaking all of the theater’s box office records. Following a return to the Gate, from January 6—February 18 of this year, the production comes to La MaMa’s First Floor Theatre (74A East 4th Street) for its American Premiere, running March 8—25.
The final performance of The Kreutzer Sonata will take place March 25 at 2:30 P.M. Tickets are $18 ($13 for seniors and students) and can be purchased by visiting www.lamama.org or www.kreutzersonataplay.com, calling 212.475.7710 or visiting the La MaMa box office at 74A East 4th Street.
In The Kreutzer Sonata, a man boards a train, and in the confined space of the carriage, potent memories are triggered. Soon he is confessing to a terrible crime for which he holds Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata responsible.
At La MaMa (and in the limited return engagement at the Gate in January-February), Hilton McRae reprises his role as jealous husband Pozdynyshev. Also returning are original cast members Sophie Scott as Pozdynyshev’s wife and Tobias Beer as supposed lover Trukhachevski.
The show is designed by Chloe Lamford, with lighting by Mark Howland, sound by Carolyn Downing, musical direction by Tom Mills, movement by Kate Flatt, film by Dan Stafford Clark, and projections by Ian William Galloway.
This production is supported by Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Culture Ireland. Jerwood Young Designers at the Gate is supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
About the Gate Theatre
The Gate Theatre has a distinguished reputation that far exceeds its size. It is London's only producing theatre dedicated to international work. From humble beginnings it has developed a significant renown throughout London, as well as nationally and internationally.
The Gate was founded in 1979 by Lou Stein, over the Prince Albert pub, in Notting Hill Gate. It set about a unique pursuit of the original, of plays and playwrights unknown on British stages, and of artists whose talent deserved to be discovered.
With an average seating capacity of 70, the Gate is small but ambitious. The space has challenged and inspired directors, designers, writers and performers for over 30 years, making it famous for being one of the most flexible and transformable spaces in London. The Gate is a springboard - our aim is to give emerging artists the opportunity to take risks, to excel and to make their mark before going off to blaze trails across the theatrical landscape. Former Artistic Directors of the Gate include Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, Broadway), Thea Sharrock (Equus, Broadway), and David Farr (Metamorphosis, BAM), and we have been home to both established and emerging artists including Lez Brotherston, Kathy Burke, Dominic Cooke, Wolfgang Goebbel, Sir Peter Hall, Ed Hogg, Richard Hudson, Paterson Joseph, Sarah Kane, Alex Kingston, Jude Law, Nancy Meckler, Katie Mitchell, Sophie Okonedo, Emma
Rice, Ian Rickson and Rachel Weisz.