Fearless political journey from House of Cards series writer
January 18 – February 24
A fictional play inspired by historic events
By special arrangement with Robert Ahrens, Mickey Liddell, Michael Mills and Andrew Tobias
By Kenneth Lin
Directed by Jackson Gay
“[KENNETH Lin] is a voice to be reckoned with.”
Kleptocracy is generously sponsored by Decker Anstrom and Sherry Hiemstra.
It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on U.S.-Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion.
Kleptocracy runs approximately two hour and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission. Please be advised this production contains haze.
CHRISTI B. SPANN
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