The Queen of Spades
A bilingual Russian-English play based on Aleksandr Pushkin's 1835 novella, presented by the UO Russian Theatre
Two Shows: Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 8 at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:30 p.m.
Global Scholars Hall, Room 123
Free and open to public
Widely considered to be Aleksandr Pushkin's foremost achievement in prose, The Queen of Spades is replete with the major phantasmagorical elements so widespread in Russian art and literature. When Hermann, an officer of the engineers in the Imperial Russian Army, overhears the story of an elderly countess who once won a fortune with "the secret of the three winning cards," he becomes obsessed with obtaining the secret at any cost.
The Queen of Spades has been the subject of many dramatic adaptations, including an 1890 opera by Tchaikovsky and a 1949 British feature film. This version is presented by students enrolled in Russian Through Theater (REEES 309/609), a unique UO course which combines elements of Russian language, culture, and theater instruction. To meet the expectations of the American audience and the Russian community, the play is bilingual. Whenever actors speak Russian, an English translation or summary of what is happening is provided on stage in a live synopsis.
Sponsored by Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, the UO College of Arts and Sciences, University Housing, the Department of Theatre Arts, and UO Libraries, this event is free and open to the public. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance by calling 541-346-1858.