A Premier  "Love and Doves" by V. Gurkin.     Directed by Yuri Naumkin & performed by The Russian Drama Studio.

Saturday, February 18 2017 at 4:30 PM
New Russia Cultural Center, 1550 Broadway Rensselaer, NY 12144
Tickets: $15 general public/Free for the Capital Campaign contributors
Meet the cast at a post-show champagne & dessert reception: 5:30pm

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 Watch the ending of the play "Love and Doves" on youtube performed at the First Reformed Church, Schenectady NY, November 12 2016.

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Vasily  - Yuri Naumkin
Nadya - Irina Wheeler
Raisa - Tatiana Deptola
Uncle Mitya - Roma Rutin
Granny Shura - Mila Gans
Lyuda - Elena Mokhnashina
Olya - Daria Veseleov
Polya - Rita Rutina
Story Teller - David Rydelnik


The play shows life in a remote Siberian village. Vasia, who never leaves his family and village, comes to pass summer holiday on the Black Sea. There he meets femme fatale Raisa Zakharovna, and once under the charm of urban woman, decides to move to live with her. Unfortunately, a new life is not all that sweet as dreamed hapless Vasily. 

Bilingual Play.  The play will be performed in Russian and in English to be enjoyed by public in either language. The play has a special English speaking charactes, whose acting tasks are to disclose the background of the main story characters, illuminate them, sometimes prophesying events or character motives yet to occur in the play and clear up the plot.

Artistic Director Yuri Naumkin. A native of Moscow, graduated from the Lunacharsky State University of Theater Arts (GITIS).  For six years at the Moscow Lenkom Theater he performed leading roles in the productions including “The Rise and Fall of Joaquin Murrieta”, “The Thief “and “Juno and Avos”. From 2014 Yuri Naumkin took the performances of the Russian Drama Studio at the New Russia Cultural Center to a new artistic level, owing to his high professionalism and artistic talent. He was chosen to be the artistic director and principal actor in the theatrical project 2016, that was awarded by a Community Arts Grant (The Arts Center of the Capital Region).

Russian Drama Studio at the New Russia Cultural Center was established in 2013 with theatrical performances for children for “Morozko” and “Microscope” for adult audiences. Yuri Naumkin became an artistic director of the Russian Drama Studio in 2014.  His artistic direction and artistic talent brought production success to two other plays.  One of them,“Tale of Tsar Saltan”, is a one-act play based on the poem by Alexander Pushkin, and performed for a children’s audience in December 2014 at the Mohawk Golf Club, Schenectady, NY. Second, was a musical/theatrical performance, “Victory Day”, devoted to the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory of World War II, and performed in May 2015 at Union College, Schenectady, NY.  A children play "New Year's Tricks of Baba Yaga" was directed by Yuri Naumkin and shown during Yolka Celebration on January 2 2016 at Albany Elks Lodge, Albany, NY. All plays had local media coverage with photos in the Times Union, Daily Gazette, and other local newspapers. Yuri Naumkin took the performances of the Russian Drama Studio to a new artistic level and, owing to his high professionalism and artistic talent, he was chosen to be the artistic director and principal actor in the proposed theatrical project.