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All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station Varda Studio

About the show

All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station, a loose adaptation of the first postmodern novel in Russian, Moscow Circles by Venedikt Erofeev, follows a poet-drunkard called Vienya, as he traverses Soviet Moscow in an attempt to catch a train to visit his beloved in the distant suburb of Petuskhi. Along the way, he is haunted by fantastic visions, and two mysterious women, seemingly determined to frustrate his plans.

In the tradition of anti-theater and the works The Living Theater, Bread and Puppet, and Grotowski, All Roads rejects naturalistic forms of storytelling. Instead, a sequence of maniacal fever dreams explore Soviet life through the lens of Vienya’s troubled mind. Experience and emotion fuse with references from religion, art, history, and more in a psychotic chorus, creating poetic and surreal images and hallucinatory episodes reminiscent of the strange logic of the unconscious.

In these times of revived Cold War tensions, widespread alienation, and looming threats of authoritarianism emerging across the globe, All Roads is an urgent warning, and bitter prophecy. The stylistic fusion of European avant-garde theatre, performance art, Dadaist aesthetics, satire, and montage invites the viewer to experiment with interpretation within the intellectual and emotional opulence of Vienya’s phantasmagoria. 

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Adapted and Directed by Varda
Producing Director: Reed Ridgley
Loosely based on Moscow Circles by Vienya Erofeev

Rivers Duggan as Megaera
Elliot Morse as Vienya
Mia Vallet as Tilphousia

Varda Studio
Emil Varda - Artistic Director
Reed Ridgley - Producing Director
Mia Vallet - Artistic Associate

Photo credit: Ewa Kowalksa



Oct 9-21

Tue-Sat @ 7pm
Sundays @ 2pm

Running time: 70 minutes

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