Top 5 Survival Moves

Presented by Goat in the Road Productions

Top 5 Survival Moves is Goat in the Road Productions’ newest original play built in collaboration with Ukrainian/New Orleanian Katya Chizhayeva. The show will offer a glimpse of Chizayeva’s ongoing work with Ukrainian soldiers coming back from the front lines, and examine the complex identities that Chizhayeva holds; as a Ukrainian, a Jewish person, a New Orleanian, and a fierce opponent of Russian imperialism. Through these lenses, the show offers New Orleans audiences a unique glimpse of life during wartime, and draws parallels to political and social conflict in the United States.

Lead Writer: Chris Kaminstein
Top 5 Survival Moves is based on text written and collected by Katya Chizhayeva, with contributions by the ensemble

Creation and performance ensemble: Katya Chizhayeva, Steve Gilliland, Nicholas Javon, Leslie Boles Kraus, Richon May, and Maggie Tonra

Director: Chris Kaminstein

Production Manager: Shannon Flaherty

Stage Manager: Kit Sternberger

Sound Designer: Steve Gilliland

Set & Costume Designer: Ellen Bull
Lighting Designer: Mandi Wood

Projection Designer: James Lanius III

Dance consultant and title originator: Mykyta Kravchenko
Dramaturgical consultant: Tetiana

GRP and the CAC are excited to announce a series of community engagement activities that will be happening around the performances. All are FREE:

Saturday, March 9, post-show talk with the creative team
Saturday, March 16, post-show talk with community members affected by the war
Saturday, March 16 from 12 pm - 1:30 pm, dance workshop based on creative practices from the show with Katya Chizhayeva


$10 from Jan. 31 - Feb. 17

$15 from Feb. 18 - Mar. 1

$20 from Mar. 2 - 17 (online)

$25 at the door (at the door)

Supported by

Top 5 Survival Moves is made possible by support from the New Orleans Theatre Association, the Harper Family Foundation, New Orleans Tourism & Cultural Fund, the RosaMary Foundation, and a Community Partnership Grant from the Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

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