Bay City Players Presents Virtually:

"Shostakovich in New York: A Mostly True Story": An Online Event - Jun 16

As we continue staying home and staying safe, we are happy to be able to bring you another installment in the #MakeArtVirtual series. This week our home-bound actors will be presenting an original play by T.E. Klunzinger  “Shostakovich in New York: A Mostly True Story“. As always, these events are free to all, but donations are appreciated and can be made at

Synopsis: In March 1949, under difficult circumstances, composer Dmitri Shostakovich was part of the Soviet delegation to the Cultural and Scientific Congress for World Peace at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. He had been told to deliver an unpalatable speech, but he got through it, perhaps helped by a host who provided some novel stress relief. The Cast:
Dimitri Shostakovich – Andy Harrington
Nina Shostakovich – Katie MacLean-Peters
Joseph Stalin – John G. Tanner
Ivan Sollertinsky – Kevin Profitt
Harlow Shapley – Thad Van Tifflin
Miss Caswell – Brianne Dolney
Olin Downes – John G. Tanner
Speaker/Questioner/Porter – Jessica McFarland

Narrator: Em Thomas

Tech: Jacob Kaufman

About the Playwright: T.E. Klunzinger is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Community Theatre Association of Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University. He lives in Haslett and spends a lot of time with his faithful laptop.


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