By Vern Thiessen
The University of Alberta Department of Drama opens its 2018-2019 Studio Theatre season with the Edmonton premiere of Lenin’s Embalmers, a rollicking comedy and epic tragedy by Vern Thiessen (‘92 MFA, Playwriting).
Thiessen, the current Artistic Director of Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre, also performs the role of Lenin in this production.
Based on a true story of deception, scientific achievement and bitter betrayal, Lenin’s Embalmers was originally commissioned by the Ensemble Studio Theatre (New York) in 2008. Two Jewish biochemists, driven by fear and fame, are pushed to their limits when tasked with embalming former Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin, so he may physically live forever.
Merging historical theatre and dark comedy, MFA Directing Candidate Alexander Donovan brings the story — highly relevant even today — to center stage in its academic setting debut.
Local actor, director and voice coach, Doug Mertz (appearing as Stalin), also joins U of A BFA Acting, Theatre Production, Stage Management and Theatre Design students in this special opportunity of presenting a work by one of Canada’s most produced playwrights and Governor General’s Literary Award winner.
For additional show information and to purchase tickets, visit ualberta.ca/artshows