Ivanov family's New Year tree

2012

Ivanov family's New Year tree is a staging of the 1938 play, Christmas at the Ivanovs’ by Alexander Ivanovich Vvedensky, the preeminent early Soviet-era avant-gardist writer. 

An unexplained murder rips through the heart of family festivities on Christmas Eve as a macabre story starts to unfold. Though never performed during Vvedensky’s lifetime, this largely overlooked experimental play remains as astonishingly prescient today as it was in the 1930s reminding us why absurdism, which holds nothing as absolute, is so feared by totalitarian regimes.