"Live Lit!" series finale considers "Icons of Russian Literature" at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts


The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts' "Live Lit!" series concludes Sunday, April 25, with "Icons of Russian Literature," live readings of Pushkin, Chekhov and newcomer Gary Shteyngart. Afternoon tea will precede the 3 p.m. performance by seasoned, professional actors in the Quick Center's Wien Experimental Theatre. The performance was originally scheduled for December 8, and tickets from that date will be honored.

The afternoon begins with Shteyngart's "Shylock on the Neva" read by Bridgeport resident Tom Zingarelli, the Quick Center's executive director. Shteyngart, one of the most promising young Russian writers, was born in Leningrad in 1972 and came to the United States seven years later.

Katie Sparer of Stratford will read "The Squire's Daughter" by Alexander Sergeyovitch Pushkin. Some scholars credit Pushkin with single-handedly creating modern Russian literature, tackling everything from the ennui of aristocratic life to the simple joys of the Russian commoner.

The afternoon concludes with Anton Chekhov's "A Day in the Country." Danbury resident William Jess Russell will read the work. One of Russia's most cherished storytellers, Chekhov is best known for his plays, which include "Uncle Vanya," "The Seagull" and "The Cherry Orchard," and insightful shorter works.

The Live Lit! series is directed by Tess Link of Westport.

Tickets are $10. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on April 19, 2004

Vol. 36, No. 268