Preserving America’s National Cuisine

On the way back from visiting the Anna Akhmatova apartment museum (quite moving, by the way) on our last group day in St. Petersburg, Shaw and I stopped for lunch in a little cafe called “Ketch Up Burgers.” It was a fairly random choice–pretty much the first place we saw on our way home that looked like they might have an English language menu. Upon entering, a tiny waitress (hearing us talking… Read More

Wish Fulfillment

Two days ago, I sat in the spot where, it can be claimed with some justification, modern theatre was born: the main auditorium of the Moscow Art Theatre. It was here that Stanislavsky’s “System” of actor development was put into effect (the beginning of so-called “Method Acting” and the foundation of all modern Western acting of the 20th and 21st centuries). It was here that Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” received its… Read More

Playing Catch-Up

I’m the last of the group to publish a blog post, and now, almost a week into the trip and on our last full day in Moscow, I’m feeling a bit sheepish about doing so. Excuses abound for my tardiness in getting up here, from technical problems to a massive and almost debilitating bout of jet lag. I feel like I’ve been playing catch-up with the rest of this amazing group all… Read More