Who Killed Comrade Rabbit? - World Premiere directed by Barbara Bain

It’s 1937... Backstage at the Moscow Art Theater.  Alexander Mushkin, who was forced by the great Konstantin Stanislavski to play Comrade Rabbit in a children show (as punishment for his drinking), has just finished his last performance.  Happy and full of energy, Mushkin is on the way to bigger and better things.  Suddenly everything changes when Mushkin is summoned “to give testimony at the NKVD (the Secret Police) headquarters regarding subversive activities at the Moscow Art Theatre...”  Alexander Mushkin has only one hour to solve a universal question: “To be or not to be...???”  Curious? Visit comraderabbit.weebly.com and see this production.



Who Killed Comrade Rabbit is playing for a limited engagement at the Blank Theatre Company in Hollywood - special World Premiere Opening Night Event was held on July 8th.  An award-winning team is behind this production which is directed by Barbara Bain and stars Ilia Violok (who co-wrote along with Willard Manus).



The Blank Theatre Company is located at 6500 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles CA 90038.  Who Killed Comrade Rabbit? runs from July 8th through July 26th with performances Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 8 pm.  For reservations or more information please visit www.plays411.com/comraderabbit or call 424.272.1135



Who’s Who


Barbara Bain, the director, was honored with three consecutive Emmy Awards as Best Dramatic Actress for the role of Cinnamon Carter in Mission Impossible.  Miss Bain was theatre trained in New York by many great teachers including Lee Strasberg and toured with the Broadway road company of Paddy Chayefsky’s Middle of the Night.  The tour brought her to Los Angeles, where she appeared in many TV shows prior to her casting in Mission Impossible.  She followed with the highly praised sci-fi drama Space 1999, Moon Base Alpha, which was filmed at Pinetree studios in London.  Returning home she continued to guest star on TV and began a local stage career.  Barbara has appeared in O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, Ionesco’s The Chairs and Arthur Kopit’s Wings.

In the last few years her time has been split making short and feature length films and directing in the 99 seat theatres here in Los Angeles.  Miss Bain just completed her seventh year directing in The Young Playwrights Festival for the Blank Theatre and has directed such shows as Shepard’s True West, Albee’s Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, Tennessee in the Summer, Dear Murderess, and the world premiere of To Quiet the Quiet, all in local venues.  Recently she was awarded best Actress in the Independent Film Festival for her performance in the short film Pacific Edge.  Miss Bain completed the feature film Silver Skies,written and directed by Rosemary Rodriquez and to be screened in Montreal this summer. She just completed the short film Grace awaiting release.  Miss Bain is a member of the Actors’ Studio.  She is proud of all these accomplishments, but is most proud of founding the Screen Actors’ Guild Foundation’s literacy program, “Book Pals.”   On June 23rd, Miss Bain was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The star ceremony is planned for 2016, date pending.



Ilia Volok (co-playwright) plays Alexander Mushkin aka Comrade Rabbit.  He has appeared in over 130 films and television shows, including Air Force One, Oliver Stone’s UTurn, Indiana Jones4,David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Soloist, Six Feet Under, Alias, Friends, Las Vegas, Burn Notice, and many others.  Recent film credits include Water for Elephants starring Reese Witherspoon, Mission Impossible 4 with Tom Cruise, Abduction with Alfred Molina (directed by John Singleton), GI JOE 2 with Bruce Willis and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, James Gray’s Film Immigrant with Marion Cotillard and Joaquin Phoenix, and the soon-to-be-released Pawn Sacrifice with Tobey Maguire.  Recent television includes Hawaii 5.0, Two Broke Girls, Clipped, recurring role on the Michael Bay project The Last Ship, two episodes on Scandal, guest-starring roles on Allegiance, State of Affairs, Glee, Rake, The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Intelligence, a Guest Lead on the Last Resort, Graceland, Undercovers, Supernatural, Closer, Chaos directed by Brett Ratner, and a 37 episode arch as Karpov on General Hospital.

Among his LA Theater credits are Vivien at the Actor’s Circle, Just a Song at Twilight at Write Act repertory company, Cat’s Paw (produced by the Actor’s Studio), Cassatt and Degas at the Hudson theatre (where he portrayed the French impressionist), Destiny’s Calling at the Stella Adler Theatre, Ferdinand by Vaclav Havel, and Fakov in America, a two man show which he co-wrote and co-produced with David Laird Scott.  His one man show Diary of a Madman, written by Nicolai Gogol, received rave reviews and won a 2013 LA Weekly theater award in the Best Solo Performance category.  Diary of a Madman is scheduled for presentation at the United Solo Theater Festival at Theater Row in New York on October 25th 2015.  www.iliavolok.com



Willard Manus (co-playwright) has had forty plays produced in LA, most recently Love Never Dies at the 2015 Hollywood Fringe Festival.  He is also a journalist and novelist whose best-known work is Mott the Hoople, the novel from which the 70’s British rock band took its name.  Another recent play of his, Frank And Ava, won a Best Play Award at the 2013 Hollywood Fringe Festival and went on to an 8-month run at Three Clubs in Hollywood.  Manus is a member of the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

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