Written by Adam R. Burnett & Buran Theatre Directed by Nikolas Weir Original music by C.S. Luxem & Casey Mraz Lyrics by Henry Bial & Adam R. Burnett Scenic & Lighting Design by Nick Kostner Costume Design by Christy Artzer Stage Managed by Amy Bourque
2010-2012 National Tour: July 21-August 1, 2010 | Unicorn Theater – Kansas City, MO // January 7-8, 2012 | Helen Hocker Theater – Topeka, KS // January 13-15, 2012 | Tricklock’s Revolutions International Theatre Festival – Albuquerque, NM // January 19-21, 2012 | The Box Office Theater / Las Vegas Little Theater – Las Vegas, NV// March 12-23 | The Brick Theater – Brooklyn, NY
In 1979 director Werner Herzog and his megalomaniac best fiend, Klaus Kinski, pulled a 300-ton steamship over a mountain under its own steam. In this highly theatrical performance work, the performers, taking on the role of the Collective Ego of Herzog & Kinski, ponder the significance of dreams and the insanity one must invest in pursuing the useless conquest of unconscious wishes. Pulling and culling from a myriad of source texts, videos, and dreams, Buran uses its distinctive style to situate itself between high and low culture – creating mayhem, shooting cap guns, prompting sing-a-longs, and integrating a folksy existentialism to explore our nature as beings who cannot help but desire our own dumb dreams.
Performances by Henry Bial (KC, Topeka, Albuquerque, Brooklyn), Brady Blevins (Brooklyn), Adam R. Burnett (all), Thom Chrastka (Las Vegas), Hilary Kelman (KC, Topeka, Albuquerque, Brooklyn), Jud Knudsen (all), C.S. Luxem (Albuquerque, Brooklyn, Topeka), Geraldo Mercado (Albuquerque, Brooklyn, Topeka), Ariana Miner (Las Vegas), Casey Mraz (Albuquerque), Ruth Palileo (Las Vegas), Erin Phillips (Albuquerque), Nathan Simpson (Albuquerque), Val Smith (Albuquerque, Kansas City, Topeka), and Lara Thomas Ducey (Albuquerque).
*Script available for purchase at Indie Theater Now.*
“Imagine the chaotic postmodern aesthetic of Radiohole blended with the rigorous precision of the SITI Company, glued together with the gleeful anarchic spirit of the Marx Brothers. That, maybe gives you an idea of the cheerful, buoyant, engaging and entertaining performance style of Buran Theatre…definitely needs to be on your ‘must-see’ list.” – Martin Denton, NYTheatre.com
“It is drama like this that promises to maintain the precious art of theater in this date and age.” – Catrin Lloyd-Bollard, New York Arts
“Exceptional, bounding, solipsistic performance.” – Mitch Montgmery, Backstage
“…cerebral, audacious…embraces a mile-wide streak of absurdism. This show is so full of unexpected pivots and clever concepts that it keeps the audience laughing.” – Robert Trussell, KC Star
“…hard not to love…superb performances. Remind[s] there are still-to-be-discovered ways for theater to tell a story.”– Anthony Del Valle, Las Vegas Review Journal