Theater: Musicals

'The Dangerous Precaution'

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Digital Filmmaking | UC Irvine
Bryan Jackson, dir.

Production Description

Casting "The Dangerous Precaution." Director states: "This production of "The Dangerous Precaution," (1907) a one act play with songs by Mikhail Kuzmin, reconsiders the work of the first out gay writer of the Russian Silver Age, and the rise of anti-gay legislation and the escalation of violence in Russia. The play opens on Valentine’s Day during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics."

Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations

Rehearsals begin Jan. 16 at UC Irvine; runs Feb. 14-15 (four performances) at the Digital Filmmaking Sound Stage at UC Irvine in Irvine, CA. Note: One performance will be webcast simultaneously. The play will also be filmed with a three-camera team for release online the next day.

Compensation & Union Contract Details

No pay; parking will be paid for.


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The Dangerous Precaution


"The Dangerous Precaution" (1907) hearkens back to the transvestitic comedies of Shakespeare and the Spanish Golden Age. The boy player disguised as a girl disguised as a boy receives a particular complication here: Floridal, an actual boy (played by a boy) goes about in boy’s clothes, but is supposed by the courtiers to be Dorita, a girl in boy’s clothing. Kuzmin’s paradox is that the sophisticated court, alert to such disguises, is actually deceived. Prince Rene, troubled by his love for Dorita, suddenly comes to terms with the fact that he is infatuated with a youth, and calls for masculine music, a jig, rather than the more heterosexual gavotte. This carnival overthrow of convention, without any overtones of tragedy, makes "The Dangerous Precaution" the most guiltless of all modernist plays of same-sex love. -L. Senelick