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Penko Gospodimov and Anastassia Liutova play conjoined twins in “The Spider”


The Drama League, in conjunction with the Present Company, is proud to present the American debut of the acclaimed Theatre B+ production of The Spider at this year’s New York International Fringe Festival.

The Spider will be performed at the Celebration of Whimsy (COW) Theatre (formerly the Living Theatre) at 21 Clinton Street (between Houston and Stanton Streets).

Performance Schedule:

Friday, August 9 at 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 11 at 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 16 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $15 and may be reserved online at


Written and co-directed by Dimitar Dimotrov and Yordan Slaveykov, The Spider tells the story of conjoined twins – a brother and a sister – spending a last birthday together the night before the operation that will separate them forever.  Both loving and hating their existence, they struggle to face this momentous decision: should the remain together, or separate? Should they escape to into freedom or cling to the reality they have always known?

The Spider was the winner of Best Theater Experiment and Best Actress at the 2012 St. Petersburg ArtOKraina International Festival.

DSCF9169 smallSPECIAL FREE EVENT:  The Spider Speaks: Theater in Eastern Europe on Monday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m.  at the Drama League Theater Center – 32 Avenue of the Americas.

The cast and creators of The Spider will join Drama League Executive Director Gabriel Shanks and Artistic Director Roger Danforth to discuss the creation of this unique play, the challenges of performing in multiple countries for audiences who speak different languages, the collaborative process used during the rehearsal process, and how theater in Eastern Europe compares to American theater.

To RSVP for this event, call 212-244-9494 or email

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