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State vs. Natasha Banina

Aug 26, 2020
8:15PM - 10:30PM


We are thrilled to join the Cherry Orchard Festival in co-presenting the Arlekin Players Theatre’s State vs. Natasha Banina, a live online interactive art experiment directed by Igor Golyak, winner of the 2020 Elliot Norton Award for best director and featuring Darya Denisova, winner of the 2020 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actress.

State vs Natasha Banina began as an online experiment from Golyak's living room and became an overnight international sensation, bringing in virtual audiences from around the globe and garnering a New York Times Critic's Pick.

The live performance will be projected on the big screen at the Berkshire Drive-in at Shakespeare & Company’s campus, 70 Kemble Street in Lenox, MA. It can also be watched from home on ZOOM.

She makes her case; the audience decides her fate.

Performed live by Darya Denisova, State vs. Natasha Banina unfolds as a Russian teenager tells the story of her life in a small-town orphanage, and how her desire to be free led to a crime of passion. From the inside of a “Zoom court room,” she makes unique appeals to the audience/jury, letting them into her world where she dreams of love, family, and her future. Ultimately, you - the audience will decide whether she is guilty of manslaughter.

Following the performance, there will be a talk back on zoom with the director Igor Golyak and actor Darya Denisova.

TICKETS for State vs. Natasha Banina costs $15 per person at the Drive-in or $60 per car.

Zoom tickets: $25.

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Shakespeare & Company is a professional live theatre company in the heart of the Berkshires, presenting a vibrant summer performance season featuring the works of Shakespeare in repertory with classic and contemporary plays. The Company offers one of the most extensive actor training programs by a regional theatre in the country, and is also home to an award-winning and nationally recognized theatre-in-education program.