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Written by Frederich Schiller

Directed by Timofey Kulyabin

Red Torch Theatre, Novosibirsk

Director Timofey Kulyabin has not only reduced the name of Frederich Schiller's drama to its Russian acronym "КИЛ" , but also the play itself. What was a melodramatic tale is now an exploration of hidden undeclared feelings which the director plumbs with subtle shifts in set design, music, lighting and hushed murmured prayers. The characters discuss love in dispassionate, quiet voices, remembering that declarations of love are indecent. “Kill”, then is not so much about the murder of Louise, but about the murder of love, and therefore of God himself, who is love. Filmed before a live audience from the Red Torch Theatre in Novosibirsk, Russia.

Presented in Russian w/ English subtitles.

Photos: Frol Podlesny, Viktor Dmitriev

Language: Russian
Translation: English subtitles
Running time: 2
 hours 8 minutes

About the Director: Timofey Kulyabin is one of the most prominent young directors in Russia today. He has already staged nearly two dozen productions across the Russian Federation as well as internationally in, among many, France, Austria, Romania, Germany, Switzerland and the United States. In 2016, he was commissioned by Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre to stage Donizetti's opera "Don Pasquale" and in 2019 returned to the great theatre, offering up a new staging there of Dvořák's opera "Rusalka". Kulyabin's other work for Stage Russia includes a 2017 presented sign-language version of Chekhov's "The Three Sisters" and a 2018 Golden Mask Award-winning staging of Pushkin's "Eugene Onegin".

Creative Team

Director – Timofey Kulyabin
Set-Designer – Oleg Golovko
Lighting Designer – Denis Solntsev

Music Designer – Vladimir Bichkovsky

Assistant Director – Natalya Yarushkina

English Translation – Anna Zakharyeva


President von Walter – Pavel Polyakov

Ferdinand, the president's son – Anatoly Grigoriev

Miller – Andrey Chernykh

Luise, Miller's daughter – Daria Yemelyanova

Wurm, the president's private secretary – Georgy Bolonev

Lady Milford – Irina Krivonos

and Ruslan Lavrentiev, Sergey Bogomolov, Mikhail Seleznev, Anton Voynalovich, Denis Frank

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