The Russians Are Coming
Since the late 1990's, Stephen's performances have captured the attention of the press. It is not just the stunning resemblance to Walt Whitman himself, which many of the reviews notice, but the portrayal of the character and the essence that he brings within arm's reach to the audience that makes the poet come to life. It is not surprising that in some reviews, the writer switches Collins' name and Whitman's interchangeably. A true compliment to a performance well appreciated.
In The Russians Are Coming, I will explore the Russian spirit and the nature mostly through the work of the great 19th Century writers. When one thinks of those writers, one thinks of Chekhov, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Gogol, Turgenev, and Dostoyevsky.
I will also cover poems from two 20th century poets, Pasternak and Yevtushenko. Some of the works considered are excerpts from Checkhov's The Seagull, Gogols's Dead Souls, and Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The performance is a good mix of comedy, tragedy, and farce.
Mr. Collins has presented his work at high schools, colleges, universities, libraries, historical societies, retirement communities, and other organizations and is available for your organization. For rates and more information, please call (978) 853-0710 or email .