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FTC has busy weekend planned

Foothill Theatre Company representatives will run around a lot this weekend.

For starters, the company’s “Little Shop of Horrors” enters its third weekend on the Nevada Theatre stage.

On Saturday, FTC Board President Michael Brook will begin his 5,000-mile trek from Nevada City to Louisville, Ky., and back in his 1964 British Alvis TE21 drophead convertible.

His reason – to celebrate FTC’s 25th anniversary season.

Why Louisville?

Louisville is home to the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, which presents the Humana Festival (also 25 years old), featuring new plays. In the past couple of years, FTC has worked more frequently with new plays, earning the nonprofit organization grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Brook will network with ATL representatives about presenting new plays.

To support Brook’s endeavor with a pledge, contact him at

And this Sunday, Efim Zvenyatsky, artistic director of the Maxim Gorky Theatre in Vladivostok, Russia, returns to Nevada City.

Zvenyatsky, FTC staff and board members will discuss the next phase of the cultural exchange program between the two companies.

Since the program began in 1994, actors from Foothill Theatre Company and the Maxim Gorky Theatre have performed together in Vladivostok in bilingual productions of “Hamlet” (1994) and “Noises Off” (1996), and at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (1999).

Other Russian-American collaborations include FTC’s 1996 production of “A Month in the Country” (directed by Zvenyatsky with scenic design by Vladimir Koltunov of Moscow), and the Maxim Gorky’s production of “Dracula” (adapted by FTC’s Gary Wright; directed by FTC Artistic Director Philip Sneed; scenic design by Arthur Rotch and costume design by Clare Henkel). “Dracula” opened in Vladivostok in June 2000 and is expected to remain in Gorky’s repertoire until about 2005.

Zvenyatsky and Sneed will also ask representatives of Cal Performances, a presenting organization affiliated with University of California at Berkeley, to bring a Gorky production to the Bay Area.

FTC hopes to take a full production to Vladivostok for the Pacific Rim Theatre Festival in May of 2003.

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