Woman at the Funerals is a dark satire about delusional perception. After a contentious divorce, Anna struggles to find a place among her lying boyfriend, troubled teenage children, manipulative ex-husband, and his new wife. Anna's provocative identity crisis takes a turn as she becomes a sought-after funeral planner, unearthing an array of eccentric characters in their time of need. The superficial layers of personality that Anna, and those in her life, have always relied on, are glitching, decaying and disintegrating. Anna’s metamorphosis involves shedding everything artificial about herself, nearly her entire identity.

Elena Balyberdina (playwright) has a rich living, intellectual and artistic experience. She started at Bolshoi in Moscow as a young ballerina, then immigrated to the US, earning three degrees in psychology, philosophy and mental health counseling. She was a co-author of a 2007 acclaimed feature "A Book Of Truth, A Book Of Lies." Elena is in private practice as a philosophical counselor and continues to write plays that reflect her long-standing interest in existential and post-lacanian theories and self-inflicted psycho-traumas.

Ben Sargent (director) graduated from the Moscow Art Theater School with an MFA in 2005. As a founding and current member of Studio Six of the Moscow Art Theater (studiosixnyc.org), he has performed in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Boston, Connecticut, New York, Baltimore, and Montreal. He began directing in 2008: Gogol Project, I Heart Chekhov, La Cueca, and Doroga. Among other publications, Ben's work has been featured in The New York Times and Backstage. Teaching credits include the Lee Strasberg Institute (Biomechanics, Movement for the Actor), Studio Six workshops (Acting and Movement), and New GeneRussian (Moscow Art Training). More information can be found on his website, cargocollective.com/bensargent and his blog, madtroika.tumblr.com.

June 13-29, 2014 - 16 Performances
Wednesdays-Saturdays @ 8pm / Saturdays @ 2pm / Sundays @ 3pm

IATI Theater
64 East 4th Street, NYC

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Stewart Alden
Cameron Berner
John Blaylock
Tonya Marie Canady
David M. Farrington
Doug Hartwyk
Sarah Michelle McAvoy
Pete Macnamara
Samantha Opitz
Benjamin Russell
Najla Said
RaShelle Stocker

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