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John Hodge’s blistering new play, Collaborators, comes to the Clark live from London’s National Theatre

For Immediate Release

November 18, 2011

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA—The London’s National Theatre: Live in HD series continues at the Clark with John Hodge’s “rare and special…seriously funny” (The Times) production, Collaborators, on Thursday, December 1 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $25 ($23 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

This new play by John Hodge (screenwriter of Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, and The Beach) and directed by National Theatre Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner centers on an imaginary encounter between Joseph Stalin and the playwright Mikhail Bulgakov (best known for his novel The Master and Margarita). Moscow, 1938, is a dangerous place to have a sense of humor; even more so a sense of freedom. Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama. Hodge’s blistering play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny. “Dream casting of Alex Jennings as Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale as Stalin [is a] truly tremendous double act which thrills, chills and makes you laugh out loud—even though you know you shouldn't” (Daily Telegraph).

London’s National Theatre: Live in HD series concludes with an encore performance of Collaborators on December 9. The Clark’s intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region. Tickets are $25 ($23 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524.

The Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship, presenting public and education programs and organizing groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The institution’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences; together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. 

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm (daily in July and August). Admission is free through May. For more information, call 413-458-2303 or visit clarkart.edu.

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December 1: The London’s National Theatre: Live in HD series continues at the Clark with John Hodge’s “rare and special…seriously funny” (The Times) new production, Collaborators, on Thursday, December 1 at 2:00 pm. The Clark’s intimate auditorium offers one of the best performance venues in the region. Tickets are $25 ($23 members and students) and may be purchased online at clarkart.edu or by calling 413 458 0524. London’s National Theatre: Live in HD series concludes with an encore performance of Collaborators on December 9. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 413 458 2303, clarkart.edu.

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