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By Mikhail Bulgakov, based on the novel by Nikolai Gogol. Translated by Illya Khodosh.
Directed by Leo Egger

Durham, North Carolina
The Fruit: July 26 - 29, 8 p.m.
Brooklyn, New York
Target Margin Theater: July 30 - 31, 8 p.m.
London, England
The Etcetera Theatre: August 3 - 5 & 7, 9 p.m.

This summer, The Eno River Players (in collaboration with the Yale Bookends) embark on their first international tour, performing Dead Souls in Durham, New York, and London. 

This new translation by Illya Khodosh of Mikhail Bulgakov’s 1932 adaptation of Gogol's classic novel, Dead Souls, follows the exploits of Chichikov, a social climbing conman, as he journeys aboard his troika through the Russian countryside purchasing dead serfs. Dead Souls is a hilarious and pointed satire of Imperial Russian aristocracy and the the quotidian cruelty of the bourgeoisie. The first ever English production of Bulgakov’s famous adaptation, this show brings an important piece of theater history to life with original, often bizarre staging well suited for Gogol’s epic of the everyday grotesque.


Staring Hamzah Jhaveri, Dominic Sullivan, and Nico Taylor, our version of Dead Souls features three actors playing over 30 roles. The runtime is under 70 minutes, with no intermission . 

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The Eno River Players is a non-profit theater organization in Durham, North Carolina dedicated to engaging our community through theater by nurturing and respecting artists from all backgrounds and giving them a voice through work that is challenging, yet accessible. The goal through our work is to reimagine classical theater in a way that feels deeply present and freed of its precious label. We strongly believe in the power of collaboration in our process and the strength of celebrating art together. Our work attempts to be provocative and help reshape our audiences expectations of classical theater, while actively stressing an intimate theater experience rather than a distant one. We champion accessibility in a literal sense; we have a no-one-excluded policy, born from an unstinting commitment that our theater, like all theater, should be for, unite, and enlighten all people. The Eno River Players are both artistically serious and open for all.  Ultimately, to truthfully understand our mission as an organization come see the work we do or even better be a part of it.

Profits from our productions are donated to local charities that support the Durham community.

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