A comic fable for our times; set long ago in the cursed village of Kulyenchikov. Leon
Tolchinsky, a young, enthusiastic teacher arrives only to discover that the village has
fallen under a curse of stupidity. As it turns out, he has only 24 hours to break the
curse by teaching the young maiden, Sophia Zubritsky something; anything! If he
fails to break the curse, he must leave Kulyenchikov or surrender to the curse and
become stupid like the rest of the village. Simon has crafted a wacky and witty fable
of foolery with surprisingly philosophical wisdom about the nature of knowing.
“The accelerating chain reaction of extreme climate events can only be countered
by an equal and opposite change reaction of people dedicated to transformation.
We will be participating with theatres all over the globe, creating an engaging and
energizing performance experience featuring selections from the 50 international
plays chosen for this year’s action.
A remix of Shakespeare’s The Tempest in reflection with the last line of the poem
on the statue of liberty, “Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my
lamp beside the golden door!” While honoring the language and magic of the
original play, this remix will lift up the themes of colonization and euro-supremacy
immanent in the text.