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Urban Stages Theater
259 West 30th Street (bet 7th and 8th Avenues)
For tickets, call Ovationtix, 1.866.811.4111

Urban Stages Adm. Office:
555 8th Avenue, #1800


December 14th – January 13th

The Blue Bird

by Stanton Wood & Lori Laster, based on the classic by Maurice Maeterlinck
directed by Heath Cullens 

Bring the Blue Bird of happiness into your holiday spirit as you join us for our winter production.

"... With exuberance and at times wicked humor, The Blue Bird achieves something irresistible: an adventure that is genuinely fun to embark on. It deals with death, grief, poverty, alienation, and fear, but it is never gloomy or self-conscious. The other half of the success comes from the renowned Russian avant-garde artist Andrey Bartenev's scenic and costume design. By marrying high-tech with high art, the familiar tale emanates as something strikingly new. "
The New York Times says the show does a "lovely job at evoking magical worlds and characters," while Backstage praised Andrey Bartenev's "spectacularly original" costumes and Alex Koch's "fanciful projections that include movement, such as a blue bird that flies around the room." 
In this new play based on the early 20th-century classic by symbolist Maurice Maeterlinck, a mysterious visitor on Christmas Eve leads Martha, a materialistic city girl, on a fantastical journey. Armed with a magic hat that reveals the "true nature" of things, Martha finds the “blue bird of happiness”.
This multimedia extravaganza features innovative scenic design by world famous Russian artist Andrey Bartenev, original music by composer Colm Clark, video design by Alex Koch, lighting effects by Josh Bradford. This new version of the story was written by Lori Ann Laster and Stanton Wood (The Snow Queen, The Magical Forest of Baba Yaga) and commissioned specifically for Urban Stages.   

Children and adults are welcome
(5 and older).
Artwork by Andrey Bartenev.
This play was commissioned by Urban Stages to Stanton Wood and Lori Laster.
Urban Stages received a grant from Theatre Communicatons Group to bring Andrey Bartenev to New York for this project. This production is also made possible with the support of National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, New York Department of Culture, The Shubert Foundation, The PeterJay Sharp Foundation, The Dramatist Guild, and many more. see our "support" page for detailed list of Urban Stages' funders.

(photo by Natalja Katsaga, Ronit Aranoff, costume by Andrey Bartenev)

photography by Pavel Antonov, from left to right: Francis Mateo, Ronit Aranoff, Drew Battles, Jenny Gammello, Maureen Silliman, Rachel Evans



TICKETS: 212.868.4444
General Admission: $30 (new, lower price!)
Family Pack: 4 or more tickets for $25 each

Urban Stages Theater: 259 West 30th Street, betw. 7th and 8th Ave. (Box Office open 30 minutes before each performance, call Smarttix 212.868.4444 for advanced reservations)


about Andrey Bartenev:

Andrey Bartenev is a graphic artist, designer, author of recent sensation, Connection Lost: at the 2007 Venice Biennial, and sculptural performances: The Botanical Ballet, The Snow Queen, Mineral Water, The Royal Family Returns…etc.

Of all Russia's contemporary artists, Andrey Bartenev has entered the international context most organically. He is the only Russian artist working in the genre of the synthetic performance spectacle. Bartenev uses complex technical media to create unusual interactive actions, synthesizing different forms of contemporary art (video installation, performance, kinetic art, musical light shows, sculpture). Technogenic materials (neon, plastic, cellophane) combine with video, graphic art and light-boxes in a powerful burst of positive energy to ignite the viewer.

“… magical installation costumes that recalled Russian constructivism” The New York Times
“Walking pop-art Thunderer…” “Great eccentric, the hero of the cartoons” Vogue, Russia
“The King of Kitsch couture” The Guardian, London
“-Bartenev’s performance art is at the forefront of the Russian artistic avant-garde. He’s the Damlen Hirst of the Arctic Circle… That is our visual art. Not a single British performance artist has achieved a reputation matching the Sensation artist…” The Independent, London

directed by HEATH CULLENS

Ronit Aranoff, Drew Battles, Rachel Evans, Jenny Gammello, Francis Mateo,
Maureen Silliman
Andrey Bartenev, Scenic & Costumes Design
Colm Clark,
Original Music & Sound Design
Alex Koch,
Video Design
David Thomas,
Sound Design
Josh Bradford, Lighting Design
Production Stage Manager,Carol Sullivan
artwork by Andrey Bartenev
Urban Stages:
Frances Hil
Artistic Director
Sonia Kozlova,
Managing Director
Nicole Watson,
Programs Director
Jillian Brewster
Development Associate
Press: Brett Singer and Associates and Irina Shmneleva, Via3PR