A Little Piece of the Sun

by Daniel McKleinfeld

directed by Ian W. Hill

 

The Soviet Union, 1978 to 1990. Andrei Chikatilo, serial killer. Official Body Count: 53. Actual Body Count: Will never be known. Chernobyl Reactor Unit #4, nuclear power plant. Official Body Count: 31. Actual Body Count: Will never be known. Two true stories of murder, which are one true story of lies and corruption. A portrait of a country so determined to prove its superiority and perfection that it refuses to acknowledge the possibility of its own errors, to the point of allowing mass murder to occur because to try to prevent it would be to admit that it was possible. A dark, sardonic cry of pain against those in power who prefer ideology to reality. The production takes the contemporary stories of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo and the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster and, using a collage of dozens and dozens of source texts, presents a theatrical documentary study of a broken society in which, merely to survive, one had to be a hustler, a liar, and a cheat, no matter how moral one may have been. A society in which a serial killer is allowed to roam free because it cant be admitted that a serial killer could possibly exist in the USSR, and where the management of nuclear power plants is chosen based on Party affiliation and loyalty rather than on skill and knowledge. A dreamlike, symphonic collision of texts, interviews, poetry, science, and history, this play is a theatrical autopsy in which Art is the only scalpel sharp enough to cut through the mangled and burnt surface of lies and deception to reveal the glowing fragment of truth underneath it all.

Performances: 

 8/7/2009 at 8:00pm
 8/9/2009 at 3:00pm
 8/12/2009 at 8:00pm
 8/15/2009 at 8:00pm
 8/16/2009 at 3:00pm
 8/21/2009 at 8:00pm
 8/23/2009 at 8:00pm
 8/27/2009 at 8:00pm
 8/30/2009 at 3:00pm

Theatre/Venue The Brick 

579 Metropolitan Ave  Brooklyn

Phone Number for Reservations 212-352-3101  
Website for reservations http://www.theatermania.com/new-york/shows/a-little-piece-of-the-sun_157055/  
Running time 2hr. 10min. 

 

Producing Organization: Gemini CollisionWorks  
Website https://www.geminicollisionworks.com  
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