The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls


April 27 – May 6, 2018
Ethel M. Barber Theater, 30 Arts Circle Drive

By Meg Miroshnik
Directed by Caitlin Lowans

Once upon a time—in 2005—a young woman named Annie returns to her native Russia to lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels and luxurious fur coats, bubbles an enchanted motherland teeming with wicked witches, evil stepmothers, and ravenous bears. As lines between folk tale and reality disappear, Annie must become the heroine of an adventure more dangerous than any childhood fairytale: her own. This subversive story carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where there are no princes and not everything ends happily ever after.

This production contains strong language, frank talk about sex, stylized violence, people in undergarments, and a bear! Recommended for ages 12yrs and older.

Meg Miroshnik (Playwright) holds an MFA in Playwriting from the Yale School of Drama where she studied with Paula Vogel. Her plays include THE DROLL {A STAGE-PLAY ABOUT THE END OF THEATRE}, THE TALL GIRLS, OLD ACTRESS, and an adaptation of the libretto for Shostakovich’s MOSCOW, CHERYOMUSHKI. She is the recipient of a 2012 Whiting Award. Her work has been developed or produced by the La Jolla Playhouse, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Center Theatre Group, South Coast Rep, the McCarter Theatre Center, Alliance Theatre, Yale Rep, the Kennedy Center, Lark New Play Development Center, Chicago Opera Theater, the Moscow Playwright and Director Center, Washington Ensemble Theatre, Circle X, The Wilma Theater, Perishable Theatre, WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory, One Coast Collaboration, and published in Best American Short Plays, 2008-2009 (Applause, 2010). The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls was a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn prize and winner of the 2011-2012 Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award. Meg hails from Minneapolis and currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the Playwrights Union and The Kilroys.

Caitlin Lowans (Director) is a theatre maker, director, and educator who loves heightened language and magical universes that explore and explode contemporary social issues. Caitlin is particularly excited about new work, unsung feminist work of the past, and dynamic physical worlds. A New England native, Caitlin formerly served as Associate Artistic Director at Stoneham Theatre (now Greater Boston Stage Company) where she directed 25 Mainstage and 27 youth productions; favorites include WALKING THE TIGHTROPE, a musical adaptation of PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, an intergenerational ROMEO AND JULIET, ROSE AND THE RIME, an intimate MY FAIR LADY and William Inge's PICNIC. World premieres include Cooper and Kim's SUNFISH: THE MUSICAL at Stoneham, Ryan Landry's M and PSYCHED! for Huntington Theatre Company, A. Nora Long’s CLYTEMNESTRIAD and MJ Kaufman’s OUTLAW JEAN for FreshInk, as well as workshopping Kirsten Greenidge’s TONGUE TIED TIGHT and DELIVERED for Huntington. Other recent projects include Sarah Ruhl's PASSION PLAY and SILENCE by Moira Buffini at Northwestern, AVENUE Q at Jean's Playhouse, and IN THE SUMMER HOUSE by Jane Bowles with Fort Point Theatre Channel. In her third year at Northwestern, she will direct STELLALUNA for Imagine U in fall 2017, and Meg Miroshnik’s THE FAIRYTALE LIVES OF RUSSIAN GIRLS in spring 2018.

Scenic Designer: Scott Penner
Costume Designer: Alycia Matz
Lighting Designer: Matt Sharp
Sound Designer: Mikhail Fiksel
Dramaturg: Janine Chow
Fight Director: Almanya Narula
Stage Manager: Jamieson Ford Werling

Performance Schedule
Friday, April 27 at 7:30PM
Saturday, April 28 at 7:30PM
Sunday, April 29 at 2:00PM
Thursday, May 3 at 7:30PM
Friday, May 4 at 7:30PM
Saturday, May 5 at 7:30PM
Sunday, May 6 at 2:00PM

Ticket Pricing
Adult $25
Seniors (62+) $22
Area Educator $22
NU Faculty/Emeritus/Staff $20
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door
Tickets are nonrefundable after final purchase.
Exchanges are available. An exchange fee of $3.00 is applied per ticket.

Don’t miss the exciting opportunity to be on the stage of the Barber Theater as part of this unique and immersive audience experience!  A limited number of general admission stage seats are available for this production.

Call the Box Office at 847-491-7282 or select “Stage Seating – General Admission” when you purchase online!

Please note: late seating is not permitted!  Arrive early!


April 2018

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