New Russian Drama
Ed. by Hanukai, Maksim / Weygandt, Susanna
With an introd. by Schechner, Richard
Aims and Scope
- COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
- Professional and scholarly;General/trade;
This is theater that stuns, wounds, and transforms its readers and viewers. The texts gathered and expertly contextualized here offer us an opportunity to imagine and experience word as action, with culture and politics, emotion and ideology coming together to reshape the possibilities of the stage.
Duška Radosavljević, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London:
There has never been a more important moment to stay connected to Russian theater and culture. This rich, comprehensive, and timely anthology offers a vital and inspiring lifeline for scholars, students, theater makers, and the general public alike.
Christian Parker, Columbia University:
This new anthology of contemporary Russian plays will be invaluable to scholars and theater makers alike. The early years of this young century sparked an unprecedented flourishing of new writing for the theater in Russia. During a window of relative freedom from censorship, these writers dug underneath the surface of Russian society to explore previously taboo subjects like drugs, sex, violence, the fallout from war, and the reality of life in a new economy. With abundant theatricality and often mordant wit, these plays represent some of the best and most enduring works from a vital generation of new Russian playwrights.
Julie Curtis, University of Oxford:
As the second decade of the twenty-first century draws to a close, this timely and skillfully edited anthology of plays written in Russian introduces us to the inventive genius and sheer courage of young dramatists who continue to defy the aesthetic, social, and political conservatism of Putin’s Russia.