theater simple's original show CARAVAN CHRONICLES was selected by the US Embassy in Turkmenistan to present in the capital city of Ashgabat, featured as part of the festival of “Theatrical Art of the Epoch of Happiness”, organized by the Turkmenistan Ministry of Culture. We performed alongside members of national theaters from Turkmenistan, Kazhakstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Ukraine, Turkey, and Russia, as well as conducting an acting workshop with the National Theater School and sharing a theater-making workshop at the US Embassy. Through our week as guests -- of the first to visit from the United States ever -- we participated in diplomatic and artistic exchanges with so many dynamic international artitsts, a true exchange between Turkmenistan and American culture. We toured priceless archeological treasures in the National Museum, were stunned by the beauty and craftsmanship of rugs at the National Carpet Museum, and were feted at the opening of a remarkable presentation of theatrical and fine arts at the National Art Gallery. Not to mention the city-wide parade with delegations from every country present. (See above picture!) Traveling along with theater simple founders Llysa Holland and Andrew Litzky were veteran simpletons K. Brian Neel (52 Pick Up, The Snow Queen, Trailer Tales), Shermona Mitchell (Camino Real) and London-based lighting whiz Jason Meininger (The Master & Margarita, Caucasian Chalk Circle, 52 Pick Up). This was an adventurous art-posse up for several creative challenges: Re-configuring and re-writing the 'Great Outdoors' show at the request of the Embassy to become a 'Great Indoors' show in the gorgeous 800-seat National Theater! And translating 338 subtitle cards from English to Russian! The tour was as rewarding as it was exhausting. The best kind of exhaustion -- two looong international transits, 60+ interviews on national TV, radio, newspaper as well as a youth-blog.