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The One That Gets Slapped — a “circus-cabaret-drama” — will be presented at Colby College, Feb. 8-10. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., in Strider Theater. Admission is free.

This classic of Russian Modernism, which inspired the 1924 film He Who Gets Slapped, tells of a beautiful circus performer (played by Aynara Chavez-Munoz ’08) consumed by the men who “adore” her. It is a tragedy of sexual politics, exploitation, and desire — set amidst the comic theatricality of circus clowns and acrobats.

The play was written by Leonid Andreyev, who was at the time one of Russia’s most prolific writers. Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva, Colby’s 2007-08 Irving D. Suss Guest Artist, translated this version and directed the play with a cast of Colby students and faculty (Professor Emeritus Richard Sewell). Syssoyeva has taught at Stanford University, Yale School of Drama, and privately in New York City.

The production features live, original music by Colby senior Jack Davidson and acrobatic choreography created for this performance. It is best suited for mature teens and adults.

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