The Schooling of Bento Bonchev
by Maxsym Kurochkin
translated by John Freedman
directed by Graham Schmidt
March 9 - 31, Thursdays - Sundays at 8 p.m.
The Off Center, 2211 Hidalgo Street, behind Joe's Bakery and near 7th St. and Robert Martinez
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Somewhere in the not-too-distant future, a grad student named Bento runs out of patience at his typical American university. He no longer wants to study that ancient relic of human behavior called love. He no longer believes it even ever existed. It was just a myth someone dreamed up to market useless products. As Bento breaks with his mentor-professor, shuns the attentions of a young student named Sandy and feels his life falling apart, he sees the world engulfed in a furious sexual revolution and falls into happily married life - all as he strives to just connect.
Bento's opening weekend coincides with the 2012 Breaking String New Russian Drama Festival, produced in association with Austin's Fusebox Festival and the Center For International Theatre Development's New Voice and attend the 2012 Breaking String New Russian Drama Festival, produced in association with the Center for International Theatre Development through its New Visions/New Voices initiative.
NRDFest 2012 is free and open to the public, and features staged readings of new Russian plays, panel discussions including expert UT commentators Tom Garza and Elizabeth Richmond-Garza and Austin Chronicle Arts Editor Robert Faires, plus opportunities to meet and interact with one of Russia's most popular, important and innovative playwrights (Maksym Kurochkin himself!) as well as Bento translator and Moscow-based critic, scholar and theater-maker John Freedman - considered one of the world's leading authorities on contemporary Russian theater.
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