|Photo by Paul M. Rubenstein|
|Justin Davanzo, Kristina Drager and Jeffrey Gardner in Moskva|
Steven Leigh Morris, L.A. Weekly's own head theater critic, has brought a Russian literary masterpiece -- Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita -- to Santa Monica with his stage adaptation, Moskva. Bulgakov's novel, written during the darkest period of Stalin's regime, is a satire of Soviet life, woven around a visit by the Devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. Produced by City Garage at Bergamot Station, Moskva is a surreal and ambitious production, as any adaptation of Bulgakov's wild and complex novel must be.
We spoke with Steven about the play and his life as a critic and playwright. Here are excerpts from our conversation:
I'm very glad to speak with you about Moskva. I studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre at the tail end of Yeltsin's presidency, and The Master and Margarita is my favorite novel.
Oh, really! So you're a Russophile, too.
Well, then, we'll have a lot to talk about.More »