A dark musical comedy that follows Timur, a dutiful Soviet citizen, and his unhinged “Mother Russia” puppet, Comrade Bucket.
Like a true believer, Timur patiently tolerates the complexities of the USSR, knowing that a better future is almost here. His local commander, Comrade Bucket, a puppet named after an enameled Soviet bucket, encourages him to embrace the collective ways of living. But when the Soviet Union empire begins to crumble, so too does Timur’s Soviet identity.
In The Great Soviet Bucket, Kazakh-American opera singer Timur (backed by a cadre of brilliant musician-performers) uses the Soviet songs of his childhood to ask pressing questions about the intertwined forces of identity, politics, and history.
The Great Soviet Bucket is co-commissioned by Miami Light Project and Beth Morrison Projects with support from the National Performance Network. Developed and Produced by Beth Morrison Projects.
The Great Soviet Bucket
Created by Timur and Sandra Powers
Developed and Produced by Beth Morrison Projects
Beth Morrison Projects: Producer
Timur: Creator & Performer
Sandra Powers: Creator, Director & Visual Design
Christopher Kuhl: Lighting Designer
Sindy Butz: Costume Designer
Rachel Burson: Puppet Designer
Matt Podd: Pianist
Yvette Cornelia Holzwarth: Violinist
The Great Soviet Bucket is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation and Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects in partnership with Miami Light Project and NPN.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.