A comedy-turned-thriller that took Off-Broadway by storm.


A rowdy Russian family in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn is on a daily hustle to achieve the American Dream. When Uncle Boris arrives from the old country, his mysterious business ventures force the family to decide just how far they are willing to go to come out on top. A funny, passionate family drama that slyly transforms into a heart-pounding thriller, Russian Transport is a fascinating look at the contemporary American immigrant experience.

“A gritty but often humorous portrait of the immigrant nuclear family.”
– Time Out New York

Watch & Listen

  1. <i>RUSSIAN TRANSPORT</i> - Trailer


  2. <i>RUSSIAN TRANSPORT</i> in Production

    RUSSIAN TRANSPORT in Production

  3. <i>RUSSIAN TRANSPORT</i> in Rehearsal

    RUSSIAN TRANSPORT in Rehearsal

  4. 2013/14 Season: <i>RUSSIAN TRANSPORT</i>

    2013/14 Season: RUSSIAN TRANSPORT

Cast & Artists

The Artists

Featured Ensemble Members


“Exposes the pain and the itch that comes with the pursuit of the ever-elusive American Dream…highly recommended–Chicago Sun-Times

“Sheffer throws a string of shock effects into this struggle for survival” –Stage and Cinema

“Raw, strong, disturbingly funny–Chicago Reader

"Fierce and fevered play... under the pitch-perfect direction of Yasen Peyankov, the actors are electrifying" –Chicago Sun-Times

“Sheffer's dialogue crackles–Daily Herald

Program Articles

From Zero to a Hundred

Playwright Erika Sheffer, Director Yasen Peyan kov, and Dramaturg Dassia Posner discuss Russian Transport.

Welcome to Russian Transport

Welcome to Russian Transport

The Shifting Line in the Sand

First Person
This season, we're expanding First Person to include stories from the Steppenwolf Theatre Company community. In this installment, Literary Associate Jenni Page- White asked the Steppenwolf Ensemble about their oddest jobs.

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Content Advisory

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Additional Information

Upstairs Theatre Info & Seat Map Map / Directions to the theatre Russian Transport Program

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Special Performances

American Sign Language Interpretation
Sunday, April 13 at 7:30pm

Open Captioning
Saturday, April 19 at 3pm

Audio Description and Touch Tour
Sunday, April 27
Touch Tour: 1:30pm
Curtain: 3pm

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