A Brigham Young University guest professor will use poetry, literature and music for a one-man show, "Christ and the Russians: An Eyewitness Testimony With Music," scheduled for April 11 in the Coray Room of the Maeser Building.
Michael Murdock will join the works of Pushkin, Pasternak and Chekhov with selections from Shakespeare, the Book of Proverbs, Luke, Mark, Revelation, and Third Nephi in his presentation. All will be enhanced by Russian folk and black gospel music.The 7:30 p.m. performance is free and open to the public as is a reception following at 8:30 p.m.
When he performed the work in a professional engagement in Canada, the Edmonton Journal lauded it for its "immediacy, warmth, insight and humor."
Murdock was one of eight actors (with John Lithgow) to win admission to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He toured Israel, Europe, the United States and Canada with National Players, Inc., playing more than 200 performances of Friar Lawrence in "Romeo and Juliet" with actor Chris Sarandon. He performed and sang in a professional theater at Dyuny, on the Baltic Sea near Leningrad, using various Russian songs and excerpts from Shakespeare's "Hamlet" using Pasternak's translation.
Among his 34 equity acting credits are the title role in "Richard the Third," Bottom in "A Midsummer Nights' Dream," Malvolio in "Twelfth Night,"
Nicely Nicely Johnson (with padding) in "Guys and Dolls," and Teyve in "Fiddler on the Roof."
He directed "Hamlet" this semester at BYU as part of his assignment as guest theater professor and played the featured role of the English tourist in "Second Coming," filmed in Pasadena by the BYU Motion Picture Studio.