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Ghost Land

Friday, September 8th 8pm

Sat, Sep 09 – Sun, Oct 15
Fridays, Saturdays 8pm;
Sundays, 4pm

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No Performances
Sunday, September 24

$30 General; $25 Students/Seniors

Special Show Info
Running time: 90 minutes.

City Garage at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave.
Building T1
Santa Monica, CA  90404
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Special Theatre Info
The theatre has concessions.

The world premiere of “Ghost Land” a new work commissioned by and written for City Garage about the war in Ukraine by Ukrainian playwright Andriy Bondarenko. Since Russia’s brutal full-scale invasion of Ukraine began in February of 2022, the world has watched in admiration at the toughness, resilience, and fierce determination of the Ukrainian people as they fight for their very existence in the face of this senseless and barbaric attack. Bondarenko’s play is an opportunity for an American audience to get a glimpse of what this experience feels like for the people of Ukraine.

The play is made up of three, interconnected stories: a soldier dealing with combat trauma; a family trapped in the war zone whose home is invaded by a pair of Russian soldiers; and the third, a girl who survives a Russian torture cellar. The brutal reality of the war is mixed with fictional and even mystical ideas about suffering, violence, idealism, and the hunger for peace. True to the Ukrainian literary tradition from Gogol through Bulgakov to today, the play, despite its grim material, works in a dream-like, hallucinatory way that is poetic, powerful, blackly comic, and hauntingly beautiful.