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NEWS: Waltzing Mechanics Presents Cosmic Events Are Upon Us


Waltzing Mechanics proudly presents the World Premiere of COSMIC EVENTS ARE UPON US, Written and directed by Keely Leonard

 "How do you know if your 'right' is wrong?"

CHICAGO - October 14, 2016 - Waltzing Mechanics welcomes you to join in the extravagance, the opulence, the foolishness, and the deep bond of love shared by the Romanov family in its next documentary theatre production. Developed over three years of intensive research and workshopping, Cosmic Events Are Upon Us is playwright/director Keely Leonard's retelling of the all-too-true story of the Romanov family, the last ruling monarchs of Russia.

After the Romanovs were toppled and replaced by the Soviet Union, they were reviled as oppressors of their people and upholders of an outmoded oligarchy. But they didn't start that way.  Cosmic Events takes the audience on a staggering journey alongside the Romanovs as they stumble through leading a country, gaining the trust of their people, losing a World War, abdicating the throne, and living in confinement.

"I can’t tear my eyes away from this moment in history," says Leonard. "It’s this whole saga, and I can only tell one part of it! There is nothing I could possibly create that would have higher stakes than what’s already there. Your family, your freedom, your country, your life - everybody in this play has everything to lose, at all times. But then what makes it delicious is that most of the time, nobody seems to be paying attention to it!"

"It terrifies me how much I feel for this family," she continues, "even though their political practices are literally unforgivable. It terrifies me even more that the incredible courage and strength of the revolutionaries who came together to create a better world for themselves ended up wasted on another kind of pure evil when Josef Stalin came along."

"Keely Leonard's epic new play tackles a complicated moment in history and makes it accessible using contemporary language, irreverent humor, and the real life words of the people who lived through it," says Waltzing Mechanics Artistic Director, Zack Florent. "Cosmic Events tells a shockingly relatable story; its about the Russian revolution, but you can't help but notice some unsettling parallels to the current social and political atmosphere in America."

Cosmic Events Are Upon Us runs November 4 - 26 at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium (1650 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640).  Performances are Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 7:30 pm, with Saturday matinees at 2:30 pm.  General admission tickets are $30 in advance / $35 at the door.  Student and group discounts are available.  For a complete listing of dates or to purchase tickets, please visit www.waltzingmechanics.org/cosmicevents

ABOUT WALTZING MECHANICS Waltzing Mechanics creates original documentary theater inspired by real people telling stories about their lives. Using methods of performance ethnography, we facilitate dialogues among our audiences and within our communities.