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Beast on the Moon - Finborough Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE first London production in more than 20 years of Richard Kalinoski’s Beast on the Moon runs at the Finborough Theatre from January 29 to February 23, 2019.

So some are beheaded and some are crucified and some are slaughtered, 
and who wins the battle of who died the worst death? Who wins?

Milwaukee in the 1920s. Aram believes he will begin a new life when his teenage ‘mail-order’ bride, Seta, arrives to join him. They are a couple united by history – both survivors of the Armenian Genocide.

But their painful, shared experience does nothing to promote domestic harmony as Aram is obsessed with creating a family to replace the one he lost in such savage circumstances, and Seta, just fifteen and trapped by the traditions of the old ways, struggles to embrace her new life in a new country…

Richard Kalinoski’s beautifully written, universal story of hope and healing, has been performed in more than twenty countries. It returns to London in a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, where it was last performed in the 1990s. Beast on the Moon remains a play for our times – a powerful exploration of legacy for so many refugees.

The Armenian Genocide of 1915-16 was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state. Up to one and a half million people died. To this day, the Turkish government refuses to admit that genocide ever took place.

Beast on the Moon won the 2001 Best Play from the Repertory prize at the Moliere Awards and four other Moliere Awards. Since emerging as a “triumph” (Ben Brantley, The New York Times) at the 1995 Humana Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, Beast on the Moon has been translated into twenty languages and produced in venues all over the world including Athens, Brussels, London, Moscow, New York (Off-Broadway), Prague, Sao Paolo, Toronto and Tallinn, Estonia.

It has garnered a host of awards including the Osborn Best New Play in America by an Emerging Playwright, awarded by the American Theatre Critics Association in 1996, and, in 2001, five Ace Awards including Best Play in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2005, the President of Armenia Robert Kachadarian awarded Kalinoski the Khorenatsi Medal for Contribution to the Arts from the Country of Armenia.

Beast on the Moon is directed by Jelena Budimir, who returns to the Finborough Theatre following her acclaimed production of Bruce Graham’s White Guy on the Bus which was nominated for four Off West End Awards including Best Director in 2018. She also directed Athena Stevens’ new play Genie for Vibrant 2017 – A Festival of Finborough Playwrights.

The cast includes George Jovanovic, Zarima McDermott and Hayward B Morse.

Presented by All Ignite Theatre in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre, Beast on the Moon has set and costume design by Sarah Jane Booth.

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 01223 357851 or visit www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/productions/2018/beast-on-the-moon.