7 2024

Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy Story of Making Sesame St in Russia

10:45AM - 11:45AM  

Hevreh of Southern Berkshire 270 State Road
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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Join author Natasha Lance Rogoff in conversation with Avi Dresner about MUPPETS IN MOSCOW, the captivating true story of a young American TV producer’s adventures bringing Sesame Street to Russia. The story takes place in the 1990s and Lance Rogoff and her team experience car bombings, assassinations and the takeover their puppet production office as well as culture clashes that pit Sesame Street’s progressive values against four centuries of Russian thought. Brimming with insight and nuance, Muppets in Moscow skillfully explores the post-Soviet societal tensions that continue to thwart the Russian people’s efforts to create a better future for their country. More than just a story of a children’s show, this book provides a valuable perspective of Russia’s people, their culture, and their complicated relationship with the West that remains relevant even today.

Natasha Lance Rogoff is an is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and the TV producer/director who with her team brought Sesame Street to Russia, after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Avi Dresner is a writer, journalist and first-time documentary filmmaker.

This Knosh and Knowledge program held at Hevreh is part of Jewish Literary Voices: A Jewish Federation of the Berkshires Series in collaboration with Jewish Book Council

Purchase the book here and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to a local independent bookstore.

Sponsor: Jewish Federation of the Berkshires and Jewish Book Council