New Russian Drama

New Russian Drama

An Anthology

  • Author: Hanukai, Maksim; Weygandt, Susanna; Schechner, Richard
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • ISBN: 9780231185103
  • eISBN Pdf: 9780231545846
  • Place of publication:  New York , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2019
  • Month: August
  • Language: English
New Russian Drama took shape at the turn of the new millennium—a time of turbulent social change in Russia and the former Soviet republics. Emerging from small playwriting festivals, provincial theaters, and converted basements, it evolved into a major artistic movement that startled audiences with hypernaturalistic portrayals of sex and violence, daring use of non-normative language, and thrilling experiments with genre and form. The movement’s commitment to investigating contemporary reality helped revitalize Russian theater. It also provoked confrontations with traditionalists in society and places of power, making theater once again Russia’s most politicized art form.

This anthology offers an introduction to New Russian Drama through plays that illustrate the versatility and global relevance of this exciting movement. Many of them address pressing social issues, such as ethnic tensions and political disillusionment; others engage with Russia’s rich cultural legacy by reimagining traditional genres and canons. Among them are a family drama about Anton Chekhov, a modern production play in which factory workers compose haiku, and a satirical verse play about the treatment of migrant workers, as well a documentary play about a terrorist school siege and a postdramatic “text” that is only two sentences long. Both politically and aesthetically uncompromising, they chart new paths for performance in the twenty-first century. Acquainting English-language readers with these vital works, New Russian Drama challenges us to reflect on the status and mission of the theater.
  • Table of Contents
  • Foreword, by Richard Schechner
  • Introduction by Maksim Hanukai and Susanna Weygandt
  • A Chronology of New Russian Drama
  • 1. Plasticine, by Vassily Sigarev
  • 2. Playing the Victim, by the Presnyakov Brothers
  • 3. September.doc, by Elena Gremina and Mikhail Ugarov
  • 4. The Brothers Ch., by Elena Gremina
  • 5. The Blue Machinist, by Mikhail Durnenkov
  • 6. The Locked Door, by Pavel Pryazhko
  • 7. The Soldier, by Pavel Pryazhko
  • 8. Summer Wasps Sting in November, Too, by Ivan Vyrypaev
  • 9. Somnambulism, by Yaroslava Pulinovich
  • 10. Project SWAN, by Andrey Rodionov and Ekaterina Troepolskaya
  • Notes
  • About the Authors


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