1893. After a harrowing journey, recent college graduate Leon Tolinchinsky arrives in Kulyenchikov, Ukraine, to tutor Sophia Zubritsky, 19. Her parents, Nickolai and Lenya, inform him the village is cursed, rendering every resident as dumb as a bag of rocks. Leon must educate Sophia in 24 hours or fall victim to the curse himself, though teaching her, her parents, or anyone else about anything is just about impossible.
To complicate matters, Leon and Sophia have fallen in love, infuriating Count Gregor, her long time suitor. Leon risks everything to break the curse and rescue the village.
A musical based on the Neil Simon play, Fools