Russian-American History Month

in New York State (April 2021)

Unbearably Long Embraces

Voyage Theater Company presents a staged reading of


By Ivan Vyrypaev
Translated by Cazimir Liske

Voyage Theater Company’s PARTS UNKNOWN Play Reading Series continues with a staged reading of UNBEARABLY LONG EMBRACES by celebrated Russian playwright Ivan Viripaev, translated by Cazimir Liske.

UNBEARABLY LONG EMBRACES is the story of four people at an existential crossroad. Charlie and Monica thought that their marriage would last forever. But the secrets they keep from each other are too much to bear. They are caught in a downward spiral that reaches from New York to Berlin and across the cosmos, taking their lovers with them.

With razor-sharp dialogue and a boldly experimental structure, Viripaev streams the inner life of the characters via a little blue dot that appears to them just when they are on the brink of annihilation. The blue dot claims to be the voice of the universe, but why is the advice it offers so disconcerting?

One of the pre-eminent talents currently shaping contemporary theater in Russia, Ivan Viripaev is also the founder of the theater group Play Space and artistic director of the Praktika Theater in Moscow.

Translator Cazimir Liske is a graduate of Dartmouth College and trained at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Other collaborations with Viripaev include Delhi Dance, Sugar, and Grace and Grit. Liske is a faculty member of the Moscow Art Theatre School.

Please join us for a reading and wine reception on Thursday, April 21 at 7PM at

Lucid Body House, 230 Lexington Avenue at 33rd Street.

Seating is limited. RSVP here.


Note: This play contains adult themes and language that may not be appropriate for children.

PARTS UNKNOWN Reading Series is supported in part with public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by The Fund for Creative Communities, supported by New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

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