IS IT FEASIBLE?
Translated and Adapted, and Performed by Zlatomir Moldovanski
Directed by Bernard Balbot
"Not Only Feasible But Downright Hilarious!"
-The Bradenton Times
1965. Communist Bulgaria. Top hats. White gloves. Long, black umbrellas. Aspirations. Bulgarians and Americans aren’t that different. We, the starry-eyed villagers, await Petar Petrovkov’s arrival. He holds the ticket to the grandiose city life we have been working so hard to achieve. This tragic hero shares the beauties and misconceptions with which our dreams were once filled.
Is It Feasible? is a one-man play, translated and adapted from five short stories by Bulgarian humorist Chudomir. Chudomir’s short stories and anecdotes truly contain those quintessential intricacies of Bulgarian culture that often expose, humiliate, outrage, and ultimately make us laugh at ourselves.
Bulgaria is a nation with a history that spans over thirteen centuries. It has been a khanate, a principality, a kingdom, a communist state, and finally a free-market social democracy. The character and mannerisms of the Bulgarian people are unique, authentic, and unparalleled. This is evidenced by our literature, theatre, film, or even by taking a walk down Plovdiv (my home town)’s main street and having a drink at one of the numerous outside cafés.
The United States is my current home, and it is an absolute privilege to bring a piece of my native country to the wonderful North American audiences.
"alternately funny and touching and constantly surprising..."
"engaging and delightful"
Chudomir, born Dimitar Hristov Chorbadjiiski, was a Bulgarian writer-humorist, historian, and painter, born in 1890 in the village of Turia. His main focus were the mannerisms and traditions that sprung from the Bulgarian village. The authenticity, with which Chudomir painted his characters paved the way for a comedic sensibility that is truly Bulgarian. Chudomir’s short stories date as early as 1907, and he continued to be active until his death in 1967. To this day, he is celebrated for his ability to expose the masked reality of Bulgarian life and satirize it subtly and masterfully.
Zlatomir Moldovanski is a Bulgarian-American Chicago-based actor who has worked at the Stratford Festival of Canada, Lookingglass Theatre, Profiles Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, The Drilling Company, New Stage Collective, Carnegie Theatre, Plovdiv Drama Theatre, and Plovdiv Puppet Theatre. He is also a company member of the Chicago-based Level 11 Theatre. His Film/TV credits include Romeo & Juliet (Stratford Festival HD Series) and Madam Secretary (CBS). Zlatomir is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training (MFA), and the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati (BFA). He is a proud member of AEA and CAEA
Bernard Balbot is a Chicago-based producer, director and Actors Equity Association union
member. As a performer, he has been seen on Chicago stages such as Writers Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, American Theater Company, Jackalope Theatre Co, and Victory Gardens. Regional credits include productions with American Conservatory Theater, Asolo Rep,
Milwaukee Rep, Hangar Theater, and Arizona Theater Company. Previous directing credits
include projects for new play festivals, training programs, and summer theater camps across
the U.S. and Canada. Bernard is the current Director of New Play Development for Jackalope
Theatre Company and an Associate Producer with FoxDog Production Consultants. He is a
graduate of Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama and NTI’s Moscow Art Theater School