Blending fact and fable, this adaptation of The
Princess and the Pea sets the action in the tumultuous era of
Imperial Russia. Young Alexi, Czar of all the Russias, is under pressure
from the State Senate (or Duma) to obey the law and take a bride of
royal Russian heritage. But he turns away every prospect until his
mother, Catherine, takes matters into her own hands.
Meanwhile on the cold streets of St. Petersburg, Victor, a
peddler, is about to lose his spot (his livelihood) to a cruel tax
collector named Lestanlnikov. But Anya (Victor's spirited ward) and the
comic scoundrels Vasily and Yakov refuse to give in without a fight.
Believing that the czar can change things if he only knew of their
plight, Anya daringly sets out for the Winter Palace.
When peasants meet the czar, hope and hilarity add
unpredictable twists to the classic tale. Though Anya's heroism, the
czar confronts the "real" Russia, a nation he is supposed to rule but
knows nothing about.
Discover Anya's secret in this comic adventure by the
Bonderman award-winning playwright of "The Prince and the Pauper, "