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Articles from No. 32, Winter

After the Flood: Resurrecting Prague's Archa Theatre
In August of 2002, the Czech Republic was hit by a wave of devastating flooding, affecting what many reports estimate at over one-third of the country's population. Few areas were hit harder than the city center of the nations capital, Prague, which...
Altruists and Torturers: An Introduction to the Unmentionables
I'm going to go out on a limb-stake out a wildly radical position: I think torture is bad. Really, really bad. I think that if we torture people (which by the way, doesn't work) we've instantly surrendered the moral high ground and lowered ourselves...
Dimiter Gotscheff: The Fine Art of Political Spectacle
Among the current crop of innovative directors working in the contemporary German theatre, Dimiter Gotscheff stands out for several reasons. The Bulgarian-born director is one of several foreigners who have made their mark on the German theatre. Gotscheff,...
Discovering Delta: A Conversation with Bulgarian Director Petar Todorov
Sitting in the first row of the La MaMa Annex in New York City this past September-the audience seated on all four sides-I was shocked and then fully captivated by the shapes, sounds, and forms developed in the first few moments of Delta, a three-woman/character...
Dmitry Krymov Designer's Theatre
"We want to take this children's tale and puff it up, puff it up, puff it up into a Biblical tale."-Dmitry Krymov, before a rehearsal of the dramatization of Andrei Platonov's "The Cow." Moscow, 23 March 2007.Chekhov offered up the wisdom that if you...
Editor's Note
A near miracle happened at dinner. We were invited to dinner by members of a foundation that has generously contributed to the support of TheatreForum. Suddenly we were asked if we would like to print TheatreForum in color. They would increase their...
Maksym Kurochkin: A Writer for Paradoxical Times
(ProQuest: ... denotes text stops here in original.)In Vodka, Fucking, and Television Maksym Kurochkin sketches the rather scabrous portrait of a sarcastic, self-effacing, offensive, painfully sensitive and intensely proud writer whose "life and work,"...
The Unmentionables
THE TIME IS THE PRESENTThe set is a large upstairs bedroom and adjoining spaces of Don and Nancy's villa in western equatorial Africa. The house was built in the late nineteenth century, but has been rather extensively renovated, and decorated in a style...
Transmogrifying Bruno Schulz's Universe: Double Edge Theatre's Republic of Dreams
It is a chilly night in November, though winter has yet to arrive full force to western Massachusetts. Audience members mill around outside on a farm while the smell of the surrounding greenery and the smoke from distant wood burning stoves permeates...
Vodka, Fucking, and Television
HERO: I'm an old man. I'm 33 and according to science I haven't been able to learn anything new for the past eight years. After 25, people don't change. Everyone knows this, but the hero is the only one who accepts it. I, obviously, am the hero. Studying...
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