Real and Phantom Pains: An Anthology of New Russian Drama

Real and Phantom Pains An Anthology of New Russian Drama The plays selected for this anthology reflect the issues and styles typical of the new wave of dramatic writing in Russia New drama flourished almost exclusively in small spaces often in dingy baseme

  • Title: Real and Phantom Pains: An Anthology of New Russian Drama
  • Author: John Freedman
  • ISBN: 9780991504763
  • Page: 293
  • Format: Paperback
  • The plays selected for this anthology reflect the issues and styles typical of the new wave of dramatic writing in Russia New drama flourished almost exclusively in small spaces, often in dingy basements that employed and accommodated small numbers of people The big theaters largely turned a blind eye to what was happening on small stages and in backrooms in playhousesThe plays selected for this anthology reflect the issues and styles typical of the new wave of dramatic writing in Russia New drama flourished almost exclusively in small spaces, often in dingy basements that employed and accommodated small numbers of people The big theaters largely turned a blind eye to what was happening on small stages and in backrooms in playhouses, libraries and community centers in a few chosen hot spots around Russia primarily Moscow, Yekaterinburg and Togliatti In many cases, they took actively hostile stances toward it This would change, however And by the beginning of the century s second decade, new drama was threatening to become a mainstream phenomenon Not every theater staged plays associated with new drama, but almost every one began staging plays influenced by the themes, methods and language of the new drama movement Few people know about what is happening on the Moscow scene than John Freedman including few Russians As Moscow Times theater critic throughout the post Soviet period John could well have seen theatrical productions in Russia than anyone else I can t imagine anyone who would do a better job Blair A Ruble, Director, Program on Global Sustainability Resilience, Woodrow Wilson Center The relevance of this anthology is not limited to art or the Fine Arts New Drama has an implicit politics that should be of interest to political scientists, social historians, and cultural anthropologists of the postSoviet period As Freedman points out here and elsewhere, the plays provide a unique generational perspective on Russia after the collapse of communism Caryl Emerson, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University While other existing volumes focus on 18th, 19th, and early 20th century Russian drama, Freedman s edition would present the unique and important contributions of the new generation of Russian writers portraying the realities and experiences of a post Soviet generation John has carefully selected a representative cohort of ten of the most visible, productive, and influential of these writers for the volume Thomas J Garza, University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin Real and Phantom Pains would be of great utility for American theater directors and departments and faculty and students of Russian literature and culture The anthology is designed with both sets of reader users in mind, the so because Freedman is not only an excellent American English translator of Russian drama, but also a theater professional, having overseen productions of new Russian dramas in the United States Beth Holmgren, Professor and Chair, Slavic and Eurasian Studies, Duke University Freedman s anthology of New Russian drama will be a valuable addition to the marketplace, as so little of Russian drama is produced in the States The English translations available are often only in British English, with enough strange idioms for American ears that make them less desirable to American theater producers Having a collection of excellent New Russian drama available will be welcomed amongst the American theatrical community Preston Whiteway, Executive Director, The Eugene O Neill Theater Center.

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