Heart of a Dog
March 15, 2003 – April 6, 2003
original novella by Mikhail Bulgakov
translated & adapted by
Anne Nenarokoff-Van Burek
directed by Jean-Stéphane Roy
set design: Rudy Braun
lighting design: Glenn Davidson
music & sound design: Keith Thomas
This wickedly comic fable, written in 1925, is about a renowned Moscow surgeon who attempts the ultimate experiment in social engineering: he transplants the pituitary gland and sexual organs of a man into the body of a stray dog in the hopes of creating a responsible citizen and a dignified human being.
The more the Doctor urges his creation to be civilized and to behave well, the less success he encounters. This "new man" is increasingly drawn to the worst elements of society and soon discovers that he can even achieve power by championing his lowly origins.
This story, by the greatest Russian novelist of the 20th century, was immediately suppressed by Stalin and only published in the Soviet Union in 1987.