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Kleptocracy

  • Credits

    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

  • 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.

Kleptocracy runs approximately two hour and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission. Please be advised this production contains haze.

Cast

JOHN AUSTIN

Valentin / Others

ELLIOTT BALES

Petukhov / Others

CANDY BUCKLEY

White House Official

JOSEPH CARLSON

Leonid Nevzlin  / Interpreter /  Kuchma  /  Others / Fight Captain

BRONTË ENGLAND-NELSON

Inna Khodorkovsky

CHRISTOPHER GEARY

Vladimir Putin

TONY MANNA

Boris Berezovsky / Yuri Schmidt / Others

ALEX PIPER

Platon Lebedev / Roman / Others

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

NICHOLAS HUSSONG

Projection Designer

DAVE BOVA

Hair, Wig and Makeup Designer

LEWIS SHAW

Flight Director

ZACH CAMPION

Voice and Dialect Coach

CHRISTI B. SPANN

Stage Manager

MIMI CRAIG

Assistant Stage Manager

Multimedia

"Kleptocracy" at Arena Stage
See what audiences are saying about "Kleptocracy"
First look at "Kleptocracy" at Arena Stage
Kenneth Lin talks about "Kleptocracy"
Photo of Christopher Geary by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of Christopher Geary and Max Woertendyke by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of Christopher Geary. Photo of Max Woertendyke, Tony Manna, John Austin, Alex Piper, Joseph Carlson and Elliott Bales by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of Max Woertendyke and Candy Buckley by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo of Max Woertendyke and Brontë England-Nelson by C. Stanley Photography.
Photo by Max Woertendyke and Brontë England-Nelson by C. Stanley.
Photo of Candy Buckley and Christopher Geary by C. Stanley Photography.

In The News

PBS News Hour

At Washington’s Arena Stage, a dramatic interpretation of Vladimir Putin’s rise

WTOP

Arena Stage chronicles Putin’s rise in Kleptocracy world premiere

DC Metro Theater Arts

A Russian-born designer sets the stage for Kleptocracy

DC Theatre Scene

Playing Putin: Actor Christopher Geary's insight into the most dangerous man in the world

The Southwester

Elliot Bales gives an inside look into Kleptocracy

Washington Post Express

Kleptocracy takes an inside look at Vladimir Putin’s rise to power — and into his private life

Broadway World

Kleptocracy celebrates its opening night!

Washington Post

Washington theaters shine a spotlight on Vladimir Putin

NBC4

Max Woertendyke talks bringing Kleptocracy to life

The Guardian

Performing Putin: behind the 'most dangerous play' of the season

WUSA9 - Great Day Washington

Brontë England-Nelson discusses Kleptocracy

Washington Post

Kleptocracy mentioned in top things to see in January 2019

Broadway World

First look at Kleptocracy at Arena Stage

TheaterMania

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

Washington Post

Arena Stage looks into history for inspiration in 2018/19 season

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 2:00 p.m. purchase

Open Captioned
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. purchase
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. purchase
Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. purchase

Events

Post-Show Discussions
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 12:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.