On Stage



by Barbara Hammond
September 28 & 29 at 8pm, September 30 at 2:00pm, and October 4 & 5 & 7 at 8:00pm
Directed by Marianne Kubik
Ruth Caplin Theatre

In 2012, members of the Russian feminist protest punk rock group Pussy Riot danced, kicked, and shouted their punk prayer “Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Away!” on the altar of Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. When video of their protest went viral, three Pussy Riot members were hunted down, put on trial, and convicted for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” Their trial was covered internationally by the media with open support through public acts of solidarity, launching this post-Soviet art-activist group into the global public sphere. This play recounts their story as all eyes looked to Russia for its next political move.

This production is both political theatre and protest theatre and offers an interactive experience for our audience in the lobby at 8:00pm (2:00pm for matinee). Seating, which is General Admission for this show, begins following the lobby performance. However, patrons who require special seating accommodations should enter and remain in the theatre prior to the 8:00 (2:00pm matinee) lobby performance.

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Masha, Katya, and Nadya (l-r Natalie Pernick, Jessica Littman, Mimi Robinson) members of the Russian
punk protest group Pussy Riot in WE ARE PUSSY RIOT OR EVERYTHING IS P.R. by Barbara Hammond. 
Photo by Michael Bailey.