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The Russian Play and Other Short Works

The Russian Play and Other Short Works
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
Author: Hannah Moscovitch
Publisher: Playwrights Canada Press
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 100
Pub. Date: 2009
ISBN-10: 0887548091
ISBN-13: 9780887548093

About the Play:

The collection The Russian Play and Other Short Works contains four one-act plays from acclaimed playwright Hannah Moscovitch. In The Russian Play, the flower-shop girl tells the story of her love for the gravedigger. Essay casts a teaching assistant in the shadow of his professor as they argue the merits of a female student's paper. In USSR, a young woman relates her journey to Canada from Russia, and Mexico City follows a couple on their vacation in Mexico. The Russian Play can be – and often is – performed as a stand-alone one-act (popular choice for fringe festivals), but has been performed together with Essay or Mexico City as a double bill to create a full evening of entertainment.

The Russian Play is a bittersweet ode to the dangerous joys of love. Set in Stalinist Russia, a young flower-shop girl named Sonya from the small town of Vladekstov falls in love with a gravedigger named Piotr. What can go wrong? Well, it's a Russian play, so: everything. This edgy, wildly original homage to the plays of the great Russian playwrights will first make you laugh, and then take your breath away. (First produced in 2008 by Factory Theatre in Toronto; Cast: 1 woman, 2 men)

What people say about The Russian Play:

"The storytelling is spare, compelling, humorous and heartbreaking." — CBC Radio

"It's that rarest of all theatrical experiments: a clever satire with a beating heart." — The Globe and Mail

Essay: When a teaching assistant at a leading university rejects his female student's essay proposal, he finds himself locked in a conflict of language, sex and power. A response to David Mamet's Oleanna, Essay ventures into the highly charged realm of gender and classroom politics, and explores the limits of inclusion. (First Produced in 2008 at Factory Theatre in Toronto; Cast: 1 woman, 2 men)

USSR: Through a Russian émigré's struggle with Canadian culture, USSR explores the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union on the lives of Russian women. USSR offers a complex portrait of the "Natashas" – Russian mail order brides – who trade love for the dream of first world security. (First Produced in 2007 at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto; Cast: 1 woman)

Mexico City: Henry and Alice recall a vacation in 1960. Can a vacation to Mexico salvage a failing marriage? Mexico City is a satiric romance that explores tourism as voyeurism and the battle of the sexes. (First Produced: 2007 at Summer Works Theatre Festival in Toronto; Cast: 1 woman, 1 man)

What people say:

"The imagination of Hannah Moscovitch makes the audience sit up and squirm for all the right reasons." — CBC Radio

"One of Canada's most promising playwrights in the independent theatre scene." — The National Post

"[Other People's Children is] a triptych of emotional horror, painted with a kind of precise detail normally reserved for tranquil still life paintings." — The Toronto Sun

"[Other People's Children is] a triptych of emotional horror, painted with a kind of precise detail normally reserved for tranquil still life paintings." — The Toronto Sun

About the Playwright:

Hannah Moscovitch is an acclaimed Canadian playwright. Her plays have been produced in Australia, Japan, Greece, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Britain and the United States, as well as across Canada. She has written for TV and radio, and was a contributing writer to the CBC hit radio drama series Afghanada for five years. She has won multiple awards for her work, was the first Canadian woman and Canadian playwright to win the prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize administered by Yale University and the first playwright to ever win the Trillium Book Award. She has been nominated for the Governor General's Award, the Siminovitch Prize and the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Prize honouring the best English-language women writers worldwide.

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