November 28, 2005
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Andrei Malaev-Babel, the producing artistic director of the Stanislavsky Theater Studio in Washington, D.C., will perform Babel: How It was Done in Odessa, a dramatization (in Russian and English) of three short stories by Isaac Babel, his grandfather, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture in Webster Hall at Amherst College. Free and open to the public, this performance and a reception to follow are sponsored by the Vadim Filatov '86 Memorial Lecture Fund.

The Stanislavsky Theater Studio created the performance of Babel: How it Was Done in Odessa in 2004 in celebration of the 110th anniversary of Isaac Babel's birth. An international organization of artists practicing what they call “fantastic realism,” the Stanislavsky Theater Studio is creating theater that draws upon traditional theatrical concepts to establish new and innovative styles of performance and to create a repertory company based on international theatrical traditions. Founded in 1997, the theater strives to merge, not separate, culturally diverse audiences in the positive and enlightening forum of communication, using bold theatricality and a striking visual aspect.