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Fearless Political Journey

Kleptocracy

  • Credits

    A play inspired by actual events
    By special arrangement with Robert Ahrens, Mickey Liddell and Michael Mills
    By Kenneth Lin
    Directed by Jackson Gay

  • Location

    Kreeger Theater

“[KENNETH Lin] is a voice to be reckoned with.”

– Atlanta’s Theatre Review

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.

Cast

JOHN AUSTIN

Valentin / Master of the Universe / Armed Soldier / Guard

ELLIOTT BALES

Petukhov / Prison Guard

CANDY BUCKLEY

White House Official

JOSEPH CARLSON

Leonid Nevzlin / Master of the Universe / Armed Soldier / Kuchma

BRONTË ENGLAND NELSON

Inna Khodorkovsky

CHRISTOPHER GEARY

Vladimir Putin

ALEX PIPER

Platon Lebedev / Master of the Universe / Armed Soldier

ANDREW WEEMS

Boris Berezovsky / Yuri Schmidt / Armed Soldier / Security Guard

MAX WOERTENDYKE

Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Creative

KENNETH LIN

Playwright

JACKSON GAY

Director

MISHA KACHMAN

Set Designer

JESSICA FORD

Costume Designer

MASHA TSIMRING

Lighting Designer

BROKEN CHORD

Original Music and Sound Design

DAVE BOVA

Hair, Wig and Makeup Design

ZACH CAMPION

Voice and Dialect Coach

LEWIS SHAW

Flight Choreographer

CHRISTI B. SPANN

Stage Manager

MIMI JOYCE

Assistant Stage Manager

In The News

TheaterMania

Arena Stage announces cast and creative additions for 2018/19 season

Washington Post

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American Theatre Magazine

Arena’s 2018-19 Season to Feature New Tom Kitt/Nell Benjamin Musical

Playbill

The 69th lineup at the Washington, D.C. venue will also include the a cappella musical Jubilee and Junk.

Accessible Performances

Audio Described
Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2 p.m. purchase

Open Captioned
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. purchase
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. purchase
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8 p.m. purchase

Events

Post-Show Discussions
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 8 p.m.