Welcome to the Ambassador Theater’s production of the Bulgarian play Hopa Tropa Kukerica, the third piece of our repertory of family plays from around the world. We are thrilled to bring a taste of Bulgarian culture to the beautiful Masonic Theater at the George Washington Masonic Memorial here in Old Town, Alexandria. This is the first show we have ever produced for the City of Alexandria, and we are very excited to be here. We are extremely thankful to the city and the Commission of the Arts for their welcoming support and to Mrs. Radka Mavrova and the George Washington Masonic Memorial for hosting us. Ambassador Theater always seeks to build bridges between cultures with art, exemplified not only by this show but also our International Artists Series. On April 15th, we will present “You and I, Love” at the Mead Theater Lab starring two of Bulgaria’s most accomplished actors, Boyka Velkova and Stefan Spasov. Even though we have produced most of our shows in DC for our first three years, we see this presentation as a stepping stone. The Masonic Theater is the largest venue we have played in to date, and we very much hope to return as often as we can. We hope that today will be the beginning of a long term relationship and that we can continue bringing diverse shows to the City of Alexandria.
Bringing Bulgaria’s folk traditions to life with puppetry, song, and dance is an undertaking that requires great dedication and focus. I am so thrilled that the American and Bulgarian artists working together in Hopa Tropa Kukerica have brought such passion with them every single day. Not only were they rehearsing a show that required learning and refining multiple performance skills, they were learning to better understand and teach one another. Their belief in the power of theater to both entertain and educate is central to our success, and something that we could not be more proud of.
From the very beginning, we sought to expand this event and incorporate other performers who wished to share their love of Bulgarian culture with an audience. We are very pleased to share this theater today with the exceptional talents of Orfeia, Svitanya, and Zharava. The participation of the St. Kliment Okhridski Bulgarian School’s and the Bulgarian Community Center is a perfect example of what Ambassador Theater is all about: the advancement of multicultural education. We cannot express our gratitude enough for their participation. This is truly a grand celebration of Bulgaria and we are honored to share it with you. Enjoy the show!