Broadcasting live from the Victory Theater in downtown Irkutsk, it’s the “At Home Field Guide”, brought to you by Soviet Free Radio Order. Today your hosts buck the chaos and mounting panic to bring you an American story of first love and first heartbreak, along with the musical stylings of Alexei ‘Tumbleweed’ Petrovya. Tune in, take heart–and be careful out there, friends.
In an alternate global history, the cold war was decided not by détente, not by nuclear holocaust, but by massive robot invasion. Among the survivors, a team of Russian radio hosts, warmed to a lost culture of 1950s Americana, broadcast a story of brothers’ love drawn straight from the American heartland. Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War combines 1950s radio drama, vintage country music, and Soviet science in a sci-fi surrealist War of the Worlds-meets-A Prairie Home Companion examination of American nostalgia.
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 PM
With: Marc Bovino*, Joe Curnutte*, Michael Dalto and Stephanie Wright Thompson*
Director: Lila Neugebauer
Set Design: Laura Jellinek
Costume Design: Jessica Pabst
Lighting Design: Mike Inwood
Sound Design: Stowe Nelson
*appear courtesy of Actors' Equity
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"This is one of the most smoothly functional theatrical metaphors you’ll have seen in a while, a great, small play about decline and denial and the subtler, unspoken bonds of devotion. Without a crumb of optimism, Samuel & Alasdair is still a spot of warmth in a cold world."
"The show is memorable, fresh, and original."
"...daffy and chilling." (3 stars)
"The play turns out far from run-of-the-mill. Because of their idiosyncratic approach and the distinctively nostalgic aesthetic, The Mad Ones pull it off and set themselves ahead of the pack....Far from textbook realism, the Mad Ones simply give us well-executed, spectacular reality."
"The New Ohio Theatre has a hit on its hands....These are three of the most enjoyable performances you will see in New York at the moment."
Winners of three 2010 New York Innovative Theatre Awards including Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Ensemble, & Outstanding Sound Design.