The Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Center presents a bilingual adaptation of Aleksandr Pushkin’s Ruslan and Lyudmila in collaboration with the Department of Art, University of Oregon Libraries and the UO Housing. The play is adapted and directed by Julia Nemirovskaya, and performed by the Russian through Theater class students in March 2012.
Playful and exotic, this fairy tale delighted the Russian public. After the poem was published in 1820, Pushkin became the most popular Russian author. He often called his readers “friends of Lyudmila and Ruslan.” An evil magician steals Prince Vladimir of Kiev’s daughter on her wedding night, and several knights leave on a quest to bring back the maiden. Whoever succeeds gets the maiden and the kingdom. The production features medieval Russian history and folklore as well as two modern leaders, Yeltsin and Putin. American Muppets will befriend Slavic folk creatures like mermaids, Baba Yaga, the Learned Cat and Leshii the Forest Spirit. They will then dance and sing their favorite songs including the scary Russian lullaby about the Little Grey Wolf.