I’m happy like a new mother is happy

When the theater festival in town gives her opportunities and excuses to drink wine with disreputable men who happen to be her friends, fret about some critics’ need for “catharsis” and kiss the disreputable man who happens to be her husband in the back of a cab at night. Other towns have other festivals, butContinue reading “I’m happy like a new mother is happy”

“Дочка” (“The Daughter”) being read at Lyubimovka

A photo by the lovely and amazing Anna Orlandina: Vladimir Snegurchenko, Alexey Zhiryakov, Natalya Nozdrina, Diana Rakhimova, and Alyona Ibragimova (seated). Snegurchenko came up from Kharkiv, and directed the two other Ukrainian plays that were part of the same project as mine – “Vasimilyatsiya” and “Simeini Lyudi”. He helped move the evening along. Zhiryakov directedContinue reading ““Дочка” (“The Daughter”) being read at Lyubimovka”

Natalia Antonova was immortalized by Zhenia Vasiliev… and the peasants rejoiced

A memorable night at the 2010 Lyubimovka festival is shown here in a cartoon. I almost wish my real boobs were as awesome as the boobs on my cartoon version. Almost – because I already have an injured back. If you’re going to get all huffy with me and point out that ZOMG! HDU! THISContinue reading “Natalia Antonova was immortalized by Zhenia Vasiliev… and the peasants rejoiced”

Lyubimvoka & Gogolfest: plays in Moscow & in Kiev

So I had a reading at the Lyubimovka festival in Moscow this past Friday. It was part of a special project called “PGT” – which refers to a denomination dreamed up in Soviet times for small towns that are bigger than villages, but aren’t quite towns in the strictest sense of the word. Both ofContinue reading “Lyubimvoka & Gogolfest: plays in Moscow & in Kiev”

So we should only feature rape as long as everyone is on the same page?

I realize that the title of this post is a rhetorical question. Do bear with me, though. I thought the Gender Across Borders series on ‘The Theater’s Rape Culture‘ was very interesting, but this part on “Spring Awakening” in particular had me scratching my head. I agree with Kyle that rape is too often usedContinue reading “So we should only feature rape as long as everyone is on the same page?”