Capt. John Smith Goes to Ukraine
by Bob Holman, Susan Hwang, Julian Kytasty & Virlana Tkacz
directed by Virlana Tkacz
“Captain John Smith Goes to Ukraine" is a comedy/musical/historical epic-in-an hour with three characters. Created by poet Bob Holman, performance artist Susan Hwang, Ukrainian musician Julian Kytasty and director Virlana Tkacz it deals with Capt. Smith's adventures in Eastern Europe circa 1603, where he first gained the experience that helped him prepare for dealing with Native Americans as founder of Jamestown. Everyone knows about Pocahontas, but few are aware that shortly before Smith first sailed for Virginia, he was an adventurer in the Mediterranean and fought against the Ottoman Turks. He was captured and sold as a slave. Smith's autobiography, published in 1630 and the first autobiography in English, is the primary source for this play. John Smith is played by Bob Holman, founder of Bowery Poetry Club in New York. Susan Hwang, a Korean-American comic/performance artist & accordion player, plays all of Smith's love interests. Julian Kytasty, a legendary Ukrainian traditional musician, provides the sound score. Performed in Ukrainian and English, "Captain John Smith Goes to Ukraine" echoes Smith’s travels across many boundaries. Projections by Volodymyr Klyuzko with Mikhail Shraga include archival discoveries and beautiful engravings by John Payne from the original edition of Smith’s book, all enlivened with an outrageous a sense of humor.
2/27/2014 at 7:30pm