Lenin’s Embalmers

After Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924, Jewish scientists Boris Zbarsky and Vladimir Vorobiov are assigned to preserve his body for eternity, or die for failing to do so.

Play title- Lenin’s Embalmers

Author (s)– Vern Thiessen

Publisher– Playwrights Canada Press

Publication Date– 2010

Genre– Comedy

Primary Discipline– Chemistry

Secondary Discipline– Anatomy

Scientist (s)

Boris Zbarsky- Biochemist

Vladimir Vorobiov-Anatomist

Source Texts

Lenin’s Embalmers by Ilya Zbarsky and Samuel Hutchinson

Character Breakdown– 7 Men, 1 Woman

Lenin,Boris Zbarsky, Vladimir Vorobiov, Nadia, Stalin, Krasin, Agent 1/Ramon, Agent 2/Trotsky

Setting– Russia

Time Period– 1924

Synopsis of Play– After Vladimir Lenin’s death in 1924, Jewish scientists Boris Zbarsky and Vladimir Vorobiov are assigned to preserve his body for eternity, or die for failing to do so. As they attempt to do so, Russia descends into Stalinist terror around them, throwing ever increasing challenges in their path.

First Performance Date– Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York) March 3, 2010

First Producer– Ensemble Studio Theatre

Performance History

World Premiere- Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York). March 3, 2010

Canadian Premiere- Winnipeg Jewish Theatre. October 14, 2010

Opened in Toronto. November 2, 2010

Links

http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city-theater/reviews/03-2010/lenins-embalmers_25506.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/28/theater/28embalmer.html

Entered by– Bryan Boag and Cate Wells

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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