Written by Kitty Felde
Directed by Sean T. Cawelti
Nominated for over ten awards!
Critic’s Choice – “Sheer staging opulence and ingenuity combining masked performers, digital animation, immersive sound and music, and, of course, diverse styles of puppetry, this spectacular new piece deftly balances flights of whimsy and depths of darkness.”
- LA Times
Gogol Project catapults audiences into the grotesque and whimsical world of Nikolai Gogol’s St. Petersburg neighborhood of Nevsky Prospect. A man chronicles his descent into madness. A poor postal clerk’s life is turned upside-down by the overcoat he sacrificed so much to obtain. A Very Important Person wakes up one day to discover his nose is missing, only to find out his nose is now a government official – and the nose outranks him!
The father of modern Russian realism and satire, Nikolai Gogol was a master of the comedy of the absurd. Credited with one of the first depictions of schizophrenia in western literature in “Diary of a Madman” and the first depiction of a nose with high social ranking running around town in “The Nose,” Gogol’s influence on Russian and world literature has been profound. Gogol Project brings three of his most famous short stories – “Diary of a Madman”, “The Overcoat” and “The Nose” – to Hyper-theatrical life with a mix of live actors, puppetry, masks, dance, digital projection, and an original score and songs by Ego Plum.