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New Russian Drama Festival - Jan 28-31

Fri, January 28, 2011 • The Off Center (2211 Hidalgo Street, Austin, TX 78702)

Breaking String Theater Media Contact: 512-784-1465

Breaking String Theater, in association with
The Rude Mechanicals,
The Center for International Theatre Development, and
Fusebox International Theatre Festival proudly presents,

The 2011 Breaking String New Russian Drama Festival

Thanks to support from the Center for International Theater Development and its director, Philip Arnoult, this festival will feature visits from two of Russia’s most prominent and important contemporary playwrights: Maksym Kurochkin and Olga Mukhina.

ABOUT NEW RUSSIAN DRAMA The story of contemporary Russia is surely one of the most baffling enigmas of our time. What really is happening in the land of Leo Tolstoy, Anton Chekhov, Boris Pasternak and Alexander Solzhenitsyn? While the contradictions of Russia’s political and social development pile up chaotically, often making it difficult to discern where the truth lies, Russian playwrights have left a strikingly clear, multifaceted record of Russia’s journey into the twenty-first century. As the media came under the draconian control of Vladimir Putin’s and Dmitry Medvedev’s administrations in the 2000s, playwrights’ voices were marked by a distinct variety and boldness. As public opinion tended to support notions of strong-handed rulers, dramatists explored the lives of individuals who did not fit into neat sociological niches. In short,  Russia must take into account the extraordinary fruits of the boom in dramatic writing that began in the late 1990s and continues to this day. – John Freedman

Location: The Off Center (2211 Hidalgo Street, Austin, TX 78702)

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