PS21 has two unique venues in one stunning building on a bucolic setting just one mile outside the Village of Chatham: a traditional stage with open air seating protected by a sweeping pavilion roof as well as an enclosed black box theater. Equipped with state-of-the-art theatrical equipment, PS21 is able to accommodate a wide range of works by today's most brilliant artists in dance, theater and music.
RADIO 477! is a new theatre piece based on the first jazz musical created in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 1929, which had catchy songs, wild dances, a spectacular set and fabulous costumes. It captivated its audiences but did not endear itself to the Party bosses and was soon pulled from the repertoire. Like many of the artists, the text and music to the production were assumed to be lost during Stalinist purges. However, a few years ago, director Virlana Tkacz found the conductor’s score hidden in an archive. Serhiy Zhadan, heralded as one of Ukraine’s best poets, who lives in Kharkiv, wrote a new text about the city today, based on the original structure of the show. New Yorker Anthony Coleman, a legendary avant-garde downtown pianist, created music for the show inspired by the original score by Yuliy Meitus. The project was conceived and directed by Virlana Tkacz, who heads Yara Arts Group. Last November they worked on the show in Kharkiv and were to perform it in March, but at the end of February, the Russians invaded Ukraine, changing history and the show forever.
Date & Time
Aug 19 - 20, 2022
PS21 "Open-Air" Pavilion Theater (General Admission)2980 New York 66
Chatham, New York 12037