by Breaking String Theater

Aug. 13 - Aug. 29, 2015

Gusev tells the story of a young army private, recently discharged, on a voyage home from his posting in Siberian coast. Infected with tuberculosis, Gusev drifts in and out of consciousness, experiencing poignant dreams of domestic idylls, and terrifying nightmares just as primal and powerful as the powerful ocean, whose rolling waves and abyssal depths lurk just beyond the ship’s hull. Adapted and directed by Graham Schmidt 


Stephen Price, Reagan Tankersley, Keith Machekanyanga (Gusev), Sergio Alvarado (Sergei), Hunter Sturgis, and Brock England (image: Will Hollis Photography, costumes by Pam Friday)

Gusev marks Breaking String Theater’s first collaboration with noted choreographer Erica Gionfriddo, whose dance compositions help express Gusev’s stunning hallucinations and the ocean’s awe-inspiring power—essential elements in Chekhov’s dark, hopeful tale of a young man’s coming to terms with his own passing into the next world.

THE AUTHOR: Widely regarded as Russia’s greatest playwright, Anton Chekhov wrote more than 400 short stories during his life. Breaking String continues its tradition of staging Chekhovian masterworks and adaptations with this dance-inflected staging of Chekhov’s 1891 short story, Gusev.


 Reagan Tankersley (image: Will Hollis Photography, costume by Pam Friday)

THE CAST: Featuring Keith Machekanyanga as Gusev, Steve Price as Pavel Ivanych, with Brock England, Hunter Sturgis, Sergio Alvarado, Zac Crofford, Amy Morrow and Jenny Alperin.

THE CREW: The creative team includes Erica Gionfriddo (choreography), Ia Enstera (set), Natalie George (lighting), Pam Friday (costumes), Robert Fisher (sound). Click to listen to two Gusev 'cut-ups' by Fisher on Soundcloud

by Anton Chekhov, adapted by Graham Schmidt
Breaking String Theater

August 13 - August 29, 2015
Salvage Vanguard Theater
2803 E Manor Rd
Austin, TX, 78722
  • Thursday, August 20, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, August 21, 8:00 PM
    • Performance followed by a talkback led by Dramaturg and Assistant Director Gabrielle Randle.
  • Saturday, August 22, 8:00 PM
  • Monday, August 24, 8:00 PM
    • Industry Night! Artists pay what you will.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 8:00 PM
    • Community Night! All patrons pay what you will.
  • Thursday, August 27, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, August 28, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, August 28, 10:00 PM (Added Performance)
    • Closing Weekend Party! Enjoy a free glass of vodka from our supporters at Dripping Springs. 
  • Saturday, August 29, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, August 29, 10:00 PM (Added Performance)
    • Closing Weekend Party! Enjoy a free glass of vodka from our supporters at Dripping Springs.


Tickets and event details available at and 512-761-3247. Run time: 60 minutes.
  • General Admission tickets $15 - $30.
  • VIP Tickets $35.
  • August 29 performances at 8:00 PM and 10:00 PM include complimentary cocktails for all patrons. Tickets for these performances will be $25 - $35 (sliding scale). Celebrate Gusev with us!
  • Student rush tickets available for $10 starting at 10 minutes before curtain for every performance.


Want to make your night out extra special? Purchase VIP tickets and we'll reserve you in the best seats in the house, plus you'll receive a free adult beverage, courtesy of Dripping Springs Vodka.

Sliding scale, $15-$30 (suggested price: $25) available on-line via BuyPlayTix.

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Stephen Price (image: Will Hollis Photography, costume by Pam Friday)