“A very old man emerged into the light of day straight out of a fairy tale. Barefoot. Wearing a patched and re-patched shirt made of sacking. He wore trousers of the same material, also in patches, and had an uncombed beard. His hair was disheveled. He looked frightened and was very attentive. Hesitant. Shifting from foot to foot as if the ground were suddenly burning hot, the old man watched us in silence. We were silent as well. This went on for about a minute. We had to say something, so I began: “Greetings grandfather! We’ve come to visit”. The old man did not reply immediately. He stamped a bit, looked around, and touched a strap on the wall; and finally, we heard a soft, uncertain voice; ‘Well, since you have traveled this far, you might as well come in’. Another difficult silence was suddenly broken by sobs and lamentations. Only then did we see the silhouettes of two women. One was in hysterics, praying; ‘This is for our sins, our sins’ The other, keeping behind a post that was propping up a sagging joist, sank slowly to the floor. The light from the little window fell on her wide, terrified eyes, and we realized we had to get out of there as quickly as possible."
-Lost in the Taiga: One Russian Family's Fifty-year Struggle for Survival and Religious Freedom in the Siberian Wilderness
by Vasiliy Mihaylovich Peskov
Transmissions Theatre is thrilled to present their newest production
A Porch at the Edge of the World
by C. Kennedy
Deep in the heart of Siberia, the Lykov family survived in complete isolation for over 50 years. A Porch at the Edge of the World tells the story of Agafia Lykov, who must choose between her dreams and her traditions when the outside world comes crashing in and throws her secluded existence into chaos. Transmissions Theatre weaves Russian folklore, magical realism and larger than life puppetry into this amazing true tale.
Kate Black-Regan, Drew Carroll, Chris Davis,
Jen Huttenberger, Lee Pucklis, Adam Rzepka & Angela Smith
Live score by Upholstery performing original adaptations of Russian folk music.
Animations by Sean MacPhee and Zac Palladino
Puppetry by Rob Cutler
Presented at the Luna Theater
620 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday November 10th 8pm
Wednesday November 11th 8pm
Thursday November 12th 8pm
Friday November 13th 8pm
Saturday November 14th 4pm & 8pm
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All shows pay what you can, suggested $20
Beer and other beverages available for a donation
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