Murals like this one are common in Dushanbe--they all date from before the fall of the Soviet Union. Today there's no money for such things, and it's faintly unimaginable—the young do not remember the Soviet era. These relics have little to do with the world of Dushanbe today.
This is a decaying Soviet-era theatre in Dushanbe, where we'll be performing the show. It is coming apart into pieces, rotting away—the red velvet curtains came from Moscow, in a different age, long ago.
The theaters of Dushanbe have been dark for almost twenty years. This will be the first theatrical performance here in a long, long time.