Kristen Kosmas
There There


December 18, 2012 – January 12, 2013


Co-commissioned and presented by The Chocolate Factory and Performance Space 122.

Christopher Walken (A View to Kill, 1985), on tour in Russia with a solo show inspired by everyone’s favorite Chekhovian sociopath, Vasily Vassilyevich Solyony (Three Sisters, 1901), mysteriously falls off a ladder and is unable to perform. Karen, who apparently proofread the script once, is asked to go on in Walken’s place. A precarious bilingual (English/Russian) performance duet ensues between Karen (played by Kosmas) and her Russian translator, Leo. Kristen Kosmas (Hello Failure, 2008)’s new play is a wildly unpredictable & strangely moving theatrical roller coaster about being the completely wrong person in the totally wrong place at the exact wrong time doing all the most wrong things.

Written by Kristen Kosmas. Directed by Paul Willis. Performed by Kristen KosmasLarisa Tokmakova. Designed by Peter Ksander. Translation by Matvei Yankelevich. Stage Management: Aislinn Curry.

“Where Chekhov Meets Christopher Walken” – Claudia La Rocco, New York Times

There There Time Out NY Review – Helen Shaw, Time Out New York