Son of Steven Spielberg, Sawyer Avery, has made his theatre debut with a troupe, created by Bulgarian actor, Theodor Petlev.
Liliya Slavova, actress, director, lecturer and head of Ambassador Theater in Washington DC, writes that Spielberg has been spotted sitting on the fifth row at the 4th Street Theater, an off-Broadway venue, happily smiling after Sawyer's successful debut. The entire Spielberg family has been present at the premiere.
Bulgarian "Theo" Petelov and American girlfriend Kate Hoffman are the founders and artistic directors of The WhiteListed Theatre Company, which staged the play – Serbian Biljana Sbrljanović's Belgrade Trilogy. Petelov and Hoffman have also translated the original text for this production.
The play is directed by Joanna Nastassja Kastratovic, while the ensemble cast comprises Iva Valkova, Kate Hoffman, Jess Loudon, Samantha Slater, Vanina Kondova, Benjamin Watson, Sawyer Avery, Alexander Ristov, Luka Mijatovic, Gavin Haag and Theo Petelov. In addition to Sawyer Avery, the rest of the cast includes young actors from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Australia and New Zealand.
The personalities in "Belgrade Trilogy" are young and smart people, who have left Serbia over a number of political, social and economic reasons, and became expats in search of luck and new life. The play focuses on the hard fate of the emigrants and has been staged in 50 countries.
Sawyer Avery plats a young Serbian living in Prague.
BG VOICE writes that the presence of Spielberg and mother Kate Capshaw had not scared but rather motivated the cast to do their best.
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