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The National Theatre of Great Britain "Collaborators"

“Colaborators” A new play by John Hodge is broadcast live to cinemas worldwide by NATIONAL THEATRE LIVEThe Screenings at the Taos Community Auditorium are Fridays January 6 & 13 at 7:00 PM.

“Thrills, chills and makes you laugh out loud” Daily Telegraph

John Hodge’s blistering new play depicts a lethal game of cat and mouse through which the appalling compromises and humiliations inflicted on any artist by those with power are held up to scrutiny. Alex Jennings plays Bulgakov and Simon Russell Beale, Stalin.

Moscow, 1938. A dangerous place to have a sense of humour; even more so a sense of freedom.

Mikhail Bulgakov, living among dissidents, stalked by secret police, has both. And then he’s offered a poisoned chalice: a commission to write a play about Stalin to celebrate his sixtieth birthday. Inspired by historical fact, Collaborators embarks on a surreal journey into the fevered imagination of the writer as he loses himself in a macabre and disturbingly funny relationship with the omnipotent subject of his drama.

Killing my enemies is easy. The challenge is to change the way they think, to control their minds. And I think I controlled yours pretty well. In years to come, I’ll be able to say: Bulgakov? Yeah, we even trained him. He gave up. He saw the light. We broke him, we can break anybody. It’s man versus monster, Mikhail. And the monster always wins.

Running Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes (estimate) including host introduction and one 20 minute intermission (10 minutes of programming; 10 minutes of countdown clock)

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE is presented in partnership with Aviva.

Ticket prices are $12 for TCA members, $15 for the general public and $10 for students18 and under. Tickets may be purchased by calling the TCA office at 575-758-2052 or at the box office

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