Curated and Directed by Brandon J. Simmons
Running Time: 70 Minutes

Lives of the Great Russian Composers: Tchaikovsky and the Mighty Five

For our next Great Soul of Russia event, we are blowing the lid off the traditional reading! Curator/Director Brandon J Simmons blends music and prose into an incomparable concert, conducting an ensemble of actors through the lyric poems of Lermontov, the sultry stories of the Arabian Nights, Shakespeare’s magical Tempest, and Pushkin’s charming Eugene Onegin. The reading with also include an excerpt from Tommy Smith's brilliantly dark play Sextet. Scott Ward Abernethy, Amy Fleetwood, Martyn G. Krouse, Jon Lutyens, and Heather Persinger's performance of the text is woven seamlessly with the music of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin, and many more. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind evening of passion, poetry, and some of the most beautiful music ever written. 

Part of the series: The Great Soul of Russia

SeagullThe Seagull Project was formed out of a passion for the great works of Anton Chekhov. Having met and collaborated on Seattle Shakespeare Company's wildly successful Threepenny Opera in 2011, the founding producers immediately sought a new collaboration; one which allowed the actors to take the time needed to create an ensemble and honor the work of Chekhov with bravery, honesty, simplicity, and elegance. In January of 2013, they opened The Seagull in ACT's Falls Theatre, garnering both audience and critical acclaim. In April of 2014, The Seagull Project will have the great distinction of becoming the first American ensemble in history to perform at the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan - a Seattle sister city. Upon their return, they will begin work on Chekhov's Three Sisters, which will be produced through the Central Heating Lab in 2015, ACT's 50th anniversary year. Learn more about The Seagull Project at