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Pussy Riot’s debut theater production, “Revolution,” is as anti-fascist as their previous performance work. Like their controversial public demonstrations and their rollicking punk rock music, “Revolution” is concerned with Russia’s loss of humanitarian rights under president Vladimir Putin. Citizens of the United States may find resonance in this new work; highlighting censorship of the media, violence towards the LGBTQ community, corruption within the judicial system, and use of tyrannical violence within the Russia’s prison complex, “Revolution” is certainly at home on an American stage.

Fans of Pussy Riot’s work now have a chance to see the psych rock production onstage in San Francisco. On March 10th, the group will perform live at The Lodge at The Regency, one of just five west coast dates before the show debuts at SXSW. After its San Francisco performance, audience members will also get the chance to participate in a conversation with the production’s creative team, including Maria Alyokhina, Kiryl Kanstantsinau, AWOTT (Asian Women On The Telephone), and VJ Vasily Bogatov.

“Revolution” is based on an original novel by Alyokhina, a member of Pussy Riot, who will also be acting in the production. Alyokhina’s work on “Revolution” was informed by her arrest and trial in 2012, when she and two other Pussy Riot members were put on trial for “hooliganism” during a public demonstration. After being convicted of and imprisoned for her advocacy, Alykhina returned to the public eye by campaigning for prisoner’s rights in Russia.

Along with the political experiences of Pussy Riot, "Revolution" will highlight the realities of being a women in Putin’s Russia. It tells the story of everyday women fighting back against a growing fascist regime — a narrative which sounds only too familiar in the present day. Don’t miss this one-time chance to see the production, which will retire after its show at SXSW in two weeks. Along with presenting an illustrious look into Pussy Riot’s past, “Revolution” may provide a peek into the future — at the very least, it’s sure to inspire the punk rocker within us all.

WORLD PREMIERE: Pussy Riot Theater Presents "Revolution"
The Lodge at The Regency
March 10, 2017
9pm, $24.50

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