Moscow Nights US


Based in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area since 1999, we are committed to bringing the riches of Russian culture to diverse audiences through highly professional, innovative performances and educational programs.

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Category: Arts & Culture
Parish: Jefferson
In May of 2017, Moscow Nights participated in the 4th "GiveNOLA" Day during which we announced our next project ~ a unique theatrical staging based on Mikhail Bulgakov's novel "The Master and Margarita".

The New York Times Book Review described Bulgakov's work as one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.

Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita" is a fantasy novel written between 1928 and 1940 ~ and finally published in 1966, twenty-six years after Bulgakov's death. The novel's publication brought him immortality in the canon of modern Russian literature.

Director Natasha Ramer thought to present the unique chapters in this novel connected with Pontius Pilate, and entitles our latest theater play …

"24 HOURS IN THE LIFE OF PONTIUS PILATE"

We are presenting this work in two separate stages. The first was a "staged reading" with music. The second will be a full theatrical play with a full stage set, era specific costumes and choreography.

Our Director adapted Bulgakov's chapters on Pontius Pilate for the stage. Faithful to Bulgakov's chapters, our script addresses Pilate's life and relationship over a 24 hour period beginning with his confrontation with Jesus and depicts his fate in the hours following that event. Bulgakov presents a completely different rendition of the meeting between Pilate and Jesus from that recorded in the New Testament. The text of the novel creates the uncanny sensation that the audience is about to learn what "really happened" during this dramatic time. In essence, Bulgakov wrote his own version of the gospel.

Lithuanian-Israeli composer and master musician Vyacheslav "Slava" Ganelin has created a unique music score for our play. Finding a visual theme for our production brought us to the artwork of Elena Martynyuk of the M. A. Bulgakov Museum and Theatre of Moscow. Our final development work centers on selecting the best of New Orleans' professional actors.

Funding from "Give NOLA" 2017 was used for our Staged Reading that took place on the 28th of March, 2018, at the Jefferson Parish Eastbank Regional Public Library in Metairie.

Funding from "Give NOLA" 2018 will be used for our full theatrical play premiering during late Autumn of 2018.