Belarus Free Theatre's

King Lear

February 5 - 14, 2016

Upstairs at Chicago Shakespeare

A World's Stage Production
from Belarus
by William Shakespeare
directed by Vladimir Shcherban
adapted by Nicolai Khalezin

Vladimir Shcherban

Director / Editor / Designer / Costume Designer

Mr. Shcherban graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in 1997, specializing in Drama Direction. From 1997 to 1999 he worked at the Regional Dramatic Theatre in Mogilev. From 1999 he worked as a director at the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre until 2006, when he was dismissed for his cooperation with Belarus Free Theatre. Various performances by Mr. Shcherban in Belarus have been cancelled as a result of mass censorship, and he has been detained for his professional activities. Mr. Shcherban is an original partner of Belarus Free Theatre and joined the company shortly after it was founded in 2005, introducing actors who became the foundation for the existing permanent ensemble. In 2008, together with Nicolai Khalezin and Natalia Kaliada, he helped found Fortinbras, the only underground arts school in Belarus. Mr. Shcherban’s productions Being Harold Pinter, Minsk 2011 and Zone of Silence introduced audiences in New York and Chicago to Belarus Free Theatre to great acclaim by reviewers and audiences, with Being Harold Pinter nominated for a Drama Desk Award. In 2011 Mr. Shcherban received refugee status in the UK. 

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