Think of the Addams Family meeting Modern Family. “Semianyki: The Family” traces the joys, the craziness, and the survival strategies of a family trapped in its own version of “home sweet home”. Love and Chaos paradoxically intertwine the relationships between the pregnant yet flirtatious mother, the caring yet alcoholic father who alternates on the verge of breaking down or leaving , and their four tender yet unruly kids pushing each other and their parents to the limit. Their zany and comedic domestic power struggle extends into the audience and culminates in an emotional uniting of the family complete with a spectacular paper-flinging finale.
Teatr Semianyki, based in St. Petersburg, is composed of the six original creators of the show bearing the same name. The artists were part of the first graduating class of the School for Theatre and Mime founded by the famed Teatr Licedei.
“Semianyki: The Family” grew from a smaller sketch the Troupe performed as the end of year creation for the Theatre and Mime School in 2003. The sketch was lengthened and fine-tuned into its current form in front of Saint Petersburg audiences at the Chaplin Club, the small theater where the students of the Licedei perform. Their success at the renowned Festival of Avignon in 2005 catapulted “Semianyki: The Family” onto the French and international touring circuit.