The New York Times

From The New York Times, May 15, 1990

"A troupe of the Soviet Union's leading acrobats, clowns, jugglers and animal trainers entered the United States six weeks ago ... only to end up ... stranded in a Marietta [,Georgia,] motel....

"The group trained in West Virginia for several weeks before playing to near-empty arenas in Hershey, Pa., and Knoxville, Tenn. The tour was suspended last week ... when the group was unable to get enough money to cover the cost of equipment and an arena....

"Meanwhile, people have come from all over [Marietta] to help the Soviet circus get back on its feet. A laundromat has offered to let the performers clean their clothes at no cost. Several restaurants have sent over free meals. People have gone door to door to collect canned food for them. And the East Side Baptist Church brings lunch over every day....

"The group's best English speaker, Boris Rivchen, the musical director for the circus, said: 'We are a month and a half in American land. Wonderful people. Open souls.'"

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