The Actor's Studio of Orange County Hosts a Rare Performance from Russia

Roads We Did Not Choose, a one-act staging of writings by women imprisoned in labor camps in the Soviet Union, comes to The Actor’s Studio of Orange County during their US Tour.

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We love our country, but we are not indifferent to the past. - Olga Nepakhareva

Santa Anna, CA (PRWEB) March 03, 2014

Roads We Did Not Choose, a one-act staging of writings by women imprisoned in labor camps in the Soviet Union, performed by Olga Nepakhareva and Elena Tokmakova-Gorbushina, comes to The Actor’s Studio of Orange County during their US Tour. The 90-minute performance will be in Russian with English projections, followed by a talkback with Russian translation on Friday, March 7th, at 8pm.

The Actor’s Studio of Orange County in Santa Ana, CA has the rare privilege of presenting Roads We Did Not Choose, conceived and performed by Olga Nepakhareva and Elena Tokmakova-Gorbushina who are visiting the United States on grants from Texas A&M and USC. Inspired by the writings of Evgenia Ginzburg and Olga Adamova-Sliozberg, the play is about women who endured Stalinist terror and passed through Soviet prisons and labor camps.

Nepakareva and Tokmakova-Gorbushina premiered Roads in November 2004, and it has since run on numerous stages: from the Sakharov Museum to the University of New Hampshire and Harvard University’s Davis Center.

When asked why they created and have continued to present this piece, Olga says, “We love our country, but we are not indifferent to the past.” Owner of The Actor’s Studio of Orange County, Sonya Cooke, adds that this story is not only historical but also timely; “given the atrocities that we are now finding out about North Korea and Syria, it is important to shed light and inspire discourse on the human crimes committed by oppressive regimes.” The talkback following the performance will give the audience an opportunity to join the conversation and engage with the artists in an intimate setting.

The performance is for one night only: Friday, March 7th at 8pm at The Actor’s Studio of Orange County in Santa Ana: 2730 S. Harbor Blvd., Suite L, Santa Ana, CA 92704. Space is very limited, so reservations are required. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information or to reserve tickets, call (866) 519-6559, email info(at)asooc(dot)com, or visit http://www.asooc.com.