Coming from the airport into Murmansk around 12:30 PM, the pink and orange sky belies the fact that the biggest full moon I have ever seen before is in full view. This is the first image I have of Murmansk, Russia, and it's instantly burned into my brain. I realize that coming here to conduct research for a new play was a good decision based on this visual stunner. The city's apartment buildings are gray, look old, and are no more than nine stories in most cases. They are blocks of Legos that have been copied throughout the city, and I wonder who the city planners were that concocted this idea of sameness. I know the year the city was founded: 1915. That makes this year- 2016- rather special. It's technically the 'newest' Russian city, and I glimpse a few colorful signs that recognize the hundredth anniversary is approaching.