July (U.S. Premiere)
Celebrated Russian playwright and director Ivan Viripaev, known for his unflinchingly honest style, returns to BAC with a staging of July, which is regarded as one of the key texts of the New Russian Drama movement. This powerful solo performance by American actress and Moscow Art Theatre School graduate Jordan Rose Frye follows a rural protagonist’s doomed search for salvation marked by martyrdom and romantic yearning. The spoken text is interwoven with an original score performed live by composer Jacek Jedrasik. Set design is by Anna Met and costumes are by Katarzyna Lewinska.
July is made possible with generous support provided by M.ART Foundation.
Ivan Viripaev, born in 1974 in Irkutsk, Russia, is a well known and frequently staged contemporary Russian playwright, theater and film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor.
After graduating from the Theatre Academy in Irkutsk, he has worked with theaters in Magadan, Kamchatka, and Irkutsk. In the years 2005-2016 he worked with the iconic Praktika Theater, where he was the artistic director (2013-2016). His latest project is Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, staged at the Polish Theatre in Warsaw and considered Poland's best performance of 2017. The most famous of his pieces are Oxygen, July, Illusions, Unbearably Long Embraces, Summer Wasps Bite Us Even in November, and Drunks. Viripaev is a scriptwriter, director and co-producer of six feature films: Euphoria (2006), Short Circuit (2009), Oxygen (2009), Delhi Dance (2012), Advertising Laws (2013), and Salvation (2015). His pieces have been presented at renowned European film festivals, including in Venice and Rome. He has been granted many prestigious awards for his theater and film work, including: Little Golden Lion - Independent Youth Jury Award at the 63rd Venice Film Festival, The main award of the Warsaw Film Festival, The Jürgen Bansemer and Ute Nyssen Award for the Best Playwright (2009), and the main awards of numerous theater festivals (Toruń, Moscow, Heidelberg, and Łódź). Since 2016, he has lived and worked in Warsaw, where he manages the creative house WEDA, one of the most recognized and successful Polish theater producers.
Jordan Rose Frye
Franco-American film and theater actress Jordan Rose Frye was born in the US. In 2016 she graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School.
Right after graduation, she joined Viktor Ryzhakov's repertory theater company in Moscow, Russia where she performed in numerous shows: Oleg Glushkov's The Twelve Steps of Gagarin, Viktor Ryzhakov's An Unmodern Concert, #whatpoems: To Love by Andrei Rodionov and Ekaterina Troepolskaya, A Modern Concert by Viktor Ryzhakov and Tatyana Pykhonina, Mikhail Rakhlin's Fro!, and many others. She also appeared in Aleksei Kuzmin-Tarasov's Siri at the Meyerhold Center, in Cazimir Liske's Christmas at Praktika Theater, and helped form the musical group Sauce Kefal. She appeared in Anton Megerdichev's Going Vertical (2017), and stars in Grigoriy Dobrygin's Sheen667 coming out in March 2020. She lives in New York City.
Okko Theatre is a production company engaged in the creation, support, and development of theater and educational projects.
It produces high quality theater, working with established and emerging playwrights, actors, and musicians from Russia and around the world. Okko Theatre makes the dramatic arts accessible to viewers through its digital platform.
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