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'The Red Kerchief' Returns

April 9, 2010

Woman with the Red Kerchief returns to Regis College, Audience is passionate about this Russian love triangle

Weston, Massachusetts. Woman with the Red Kerchief, a play about Leo Tolstoy by Regis College theater professor Wendy Lement and historian Firouzeh Mostashari, now of the University of Iowa, will return to Regis College this month after successful performances at the New England Russian Theatre Festival in February.

The story is a stirring one. On the eve of the emancipation of serfs in imperial Russia, Leo Tolstoy has fallen in love with a young married serf on his estate. Aksinia Bazykina captures the author’s imagination and draws him into her world. The liaison turns into an obsession for the novelist, who has begun to dress in peasant garb. Even a quick marriage to society maiden Sonya Behrs is not able to cure Tolstoy of his folly, as he pursues his old love with renewed effort. Our peasant femme fatale in the meantime has given birth to a child, the image of Tolstoy himself. The three are locked into a love triangle that resists the passage of time. Thirty years later, Tolstoy immortalized his love and lust in his story, The Devil.

The Woman with the Red Kerchief will be performed at the Casey Theatre at Regis at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22, Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24 as well as at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 25.

Since The Red Kerchief’s off-campus premiere in the fall of 2008 at the Theater in the Open in Newburyport, Woman with the Red Kerchief has been enjoying increasing success.

Playwright, director, educator and author, Lement has written a children’s book and over a dozen plays about historical events, four of which are published in And Justice for Some: Exploring American Justice through Drama and Theatre.

Firouzeh Mostashari, a scholar of Russian Literature and History, is the author of On the Religious Frontier: Tsarist Russia and Islam in the Caucasus, published by the International Library of Historical Studies, and is currently working on a collection of short stories written by Tolstoy about the protagonist in Woman with the Red Kerchief.

Actors include Regis students Matteo BonTempo (Ermil), Anna Correa (Dunyasha), Megann DeTeso (Valerya), Erin Forgay (Sonya), Melissa Frederique (Vergani), Vanduncan Johnson-Philips (Daniel), Danielle Sanford (Tatyana), Semi Spahillari (Andrei) and Jacqui Williams.

Admission: $15 general public; $10 seniors, students, Regis College faculty, staff and alumnae; $5 LLARC members, and children under 12: $3 Regis College students with Regis College ID.

Regis College is a Catholic co-educational community that prepares undergraduate, graduate and continuing education students for engagement and service in a changing world. In the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Nursing and Health Professions, approximately 1,600 students are enrolled in 24 undergraduate majors; master’s degree programs in education, health product regulation, and nursing, and in communication, leadership and service, and public administration with a strategic focus on health care; and a doctorate in nursing practice. U.S. News and World Report ranks Regis in the top tier of universities with master’s programs in the North. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) lists Regis among benchmarking colleges for the quality of educational experience. The National League of Nursing recently identified Regis College as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education. The College also provides accredited pre-school and kindergarten programs, and a Life Long Learning Program (LLARC) for retired seniors. Visit Regis on the Web at

CONTACT: Marjorie Arons-Barron (617) 423-7770;

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