MARK MULLEN has worked extensively in assisting populations peacefully promote social and political change. He has lived in and set up mission driven efforts in Malawi, Palestine and Georgia (the one near Chechnya, not the one near Alabama). He worked for eleven years with the National Democratic Institute and later set up the Georgia chapter of Transparency International, the international anti-corruption network. He has a weekly podcast on Georgian politics tblpod.com. He has been involved in or started several new ventures, some for-profit, most social enterprises. These include Radarami.org that translates recent zeitgeisty books into Georgian, gives to them to libraries, and uses those books to connect readers around big ideas. Orbeliani.net supports people with new change-focused ideas via an easy process and platform, including initiatives in the arts among many others.
Originally from Dallas he graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in History. There he failed aesthetics but was captain of the swim team. He was a Sloan Fellow of Management at London Business School. He has a life long interest in the relationship between art, political and social change, identity, and personal action. In his free time he enjoys hanging out with his children and writing about himself in the third person. He lives in San Francisco.
RED LAB (Producer) is an international collective dedicated to cultural diplomacy through art and performance. Previous productions include Don Giovanni (National Armenian Opera); Eugene Onegin (Marjanishvili Theater, Tbilisi, Georgia); The Seagull (TheatreLab in NYC); and Three Sound Sculptures (Tbilisi Historical Museum).
This summer, Red Lab will present a four-week festival of new plays from the Republic of Georgia at Teatro Circulo in the East Village. Led by producers Irina Gachechiladze and Adam Knight. Red Lab is supported by a grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
ROUST (Producer) is dedicated to radical and epoch making theatre. They aim to challenge and inspire an audience, and firmly believe that theatre allows us to connect with the communities around us, to open us to experiences and people we may never encounter.
Over the past ten years, since the company’s inaugural production of Brecht’s Private Life of the Master Race, hailed by the New York Times as ‘angry, passionate, bare-bones and uncompromisingly personal and political’, Roust has sought to educate and inform both new and seasoned audiences, and to hold this audience in the grip of unrelenting and imaginative theatre which forces them to sit up and question the world around them.
Roust are proud to be partnering with Red Lab to produce Boris Akunin's world premiere HAMLET. A VERSION.
Please visit rousttheatrecompany.org for more information.