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Scene report: ‘Elizaveta’

Posted on May 31, 2014 | BY DEBORAH MARTIN

AtticRep and the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio (COSA) teamed up Saturday night (May 31) for a standing-ovation-worthy staged reading of “Elizaveta,” a radio play by San Antonio writer Ronald Moore, at Gallery Nord.

According to the program, AtticRep and COSA are hoping to produce a full staging of the piece in the near future, sometime after both have settled in as resident companies at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.

The reading — directed with a typical sure hand by Roberto Prestigiacomo — made a strong case for the worth of a complete staging.

Moore’s intricate, time-travelling piece moves back and forth between Vermont in the 1990s, where an exiled Russian writer (David Connelly) is forging a new life; and St. Petersburg in the 1970s, when he was viewed by the government as a “dissident malcontent.” The writer spends an evening looking back on his earlier life at the behest of his publisher (Rick Frederick). The men look back on the the mysterious death of the title character (Bethany Bohall), a typist who worked with the writer.

Gloria Sanchez, Renee Garvens and Byrd Bonner rounded out the sensational cast.

All of the actors delivered expressive, well-calibrated performances.

The piece was laced with dramatic, intense music beautifully played by violinists Francisco Fullana and Rebecca Jackson, violist Matthew Diekman, cellist Charles Asch and pianist Silvia Santinelli.

Jeremiah Teustch provided the marvelous sound design.

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