For the first time since the fall of state communism, Russia is
experiencing a profoundly creative revival of playwriting and
directing. A new generation of directors has arrived on the
country's major stages, bringing fresh political perspectives,
breaking the normative use of formal language for slang and
hybridizations of English and Russian, and introducing theatrical
innovations such as live mixing of electronic music in performance.
Featuring essays by Russian and American critics and scholars,
Russian Theater presents major developments in the new Russian
theater from 2000 to the present.In the first English-language
collection to examine twenty-first-century Russian theater, this
special issue of Theater also includes the complete texts of two
new Russian plays, published for the first time in English. Ivan
Vyrypaev's Oxygen is a poetic panorama of new Russian identity set
to techno music, and Danila Privalov's 5-25 explores traditional
Dostoyevskian existential themes in the language of a new
generation. One contributor chronicles the sweeping cultural and
institutional changes in the Russian theater since 2000, while
another provides an overview of the regional theater system in the
world's most geographically vast country. Another essay explores
the development of the new playwriting movement, identifying its
key writers and producers. This special issue also includes
interviews with the movement's directors and producers.
Additionally, it contains letters, previously unpublished in
English, from the Moscow Art Theater's Olga Bokshanskaya to the
Russian theatrical titan Vladimir Nemirovich-Danchenko, reporting
on the Moscow Art Theater's legendary U.S. tour in 1920-22, which
was recorded in theater history as a turning point for American
acting. Contributors. AKHE, Dmitri Chernikov, Nina Chusova, Marina
Dmitrievskaya, Sasha Dugdale, John Freedman, Elena Gremina, Nina
Karpova, Mindaugus Korbauskis, Ryan McKittrick, Arkady Ostrovsky,
Danila Privalov, Victor Rizhakov, Yana Ross, Tom Sellar, Kirill
Serebrennikov, Anatoly Smeliansky, Julia Smeliansky, Ivan Vyrypaev
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