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Events accompany 'Godunov,' April 12-14

Scholars of Russian history, literature, theater and music will convene Thursday through Saturday, April 12-14, for a series of scholarly events accompanying Princeton's production of "Boris Godunov," the famed Russian play by Alexander Pushkin.

The "Godunov" production, which runs April 12-14 in the Berlind Theatre, is the culmination of a multifaceted project that has involved Princeton scholars, students, artists and theater professionals from across campus. Directed by Tim Vasen, the production is inspired by Russian director Vsevolod Meyerhold's unrealized version of Pushkin's historical play and will feature a score by Sergei Prokofiev that was commissioned by Meyerhold but never used for a live performance of the play. The "Godunov" project is managed by Caryl Emerson, chair of the Slavic languages and literatures department, and Simon Morrison, associate professor of music.

The scholarly events, which are open to the public, begin with a keynote address on "Meyerhold and His World (1929-1940)" by independent scholar Leonid Maximenkov at 4:30 p.m. April 12 in 101 McCormick Hall.

From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. April 13, an international symposium will be held in McAlpin Auditorium, Woolworth Center of Musical Studies. Topics will include Russian modernist theater and set design, the challenge of translating a play such as "Godunov" into English for a contemporary audience, and Prokofiev's incidental music for stage and film.

The symposium will include three panels, featuring Vasen with specialists on Meyerhold's theater and the arts of the Stalin era, "Godunov" translator Antony Wood with other experts on Pushkin's drama, and leading Prokofiev scholars from the United States and abroad. Texas A&M University historian Chester Dunning will deliver a lecture titled "The Pretender Dmitrii in History and the Use of History in Pushkin's 'Comedy.'"

From 9 a.m. to noon April 14, a series of scholarly talks on topics related to Meyerhold and Prokofiev -- conducted only in Russian -- will be held in the Graduate Seminar Room of the Mendel Music Library, Woolworth Center.

Tickets for the "Godunov" production have sold out. If seats become available through last-minute cancellations, they can be purchased at the McCarter Theatre Center box office prior to show times, which are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday.

For more information on the events and the "Godunov" project, visit

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