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Articles from No. 40, 2011

Astrid SAALBACH and Red and GREEN: An Introduction
Astrid Saalbach' s plays have rocked the theatrical scene in Scandinavia for the last two decades. They are quirky, caustic, funny, and sad. And always dramaturgically innovative.She debuted as a playwright in 1981 with the radio play Traces in the Sand,...
Bellona Destroyer of Cities
Destroyer of Cities, is like a performance by a talking dog. (The audience finds) it so cunning that he speaks at all, they couldn't care less what he actually says." (49) This quote from Bellona, Destroyer of Cities, adapted by Jay Scheib after Samuel...
Flying
CHARACTERS:Men:SNOWSTORM, A freelance DJBLIZZARD, VJ and streetfighting manMANIAC, Promoter and BASE jumperVOLODYA, PolicemanWomen:SNOWFLAKE, Brunette, a vamp and a TV starLENOCHKA, Blonde, cute, a mediaplannerORANGINA, Redhead, a glamorous beauty, a...
Glamour Meets Menace in Olga Mukhina's Flying
It is a sign of the times in Russia-and surely elsewhere-that everything hip, glamorous, and toocool is coming under fire. True, the trendy crowd had a good run. The Putin era in Russia (not yet ended!) was one of so-called "stability" and relative affluence,...
Introduction to Three Screams
Your bad day never ends, does it?" says Edvard in Vincent Delaney's play Three Screams. Every good artist feels this doom deeply, and our cultural obsession with Edvard Munch's painting The Scream has much to do with the resonance of Munch's anxiety...
Red and GREEN
Red and Green takes place for the most part in and around Katmandu, Nepal during the recent civil war. All of the characters work at the embassy or consulate of a minor European country (Denmark?), where they run several developmental aid projects. The...
Saturdays in the Park with SPAC: TENSHU MONOGAT ARI
A Place Unlike Any Other...June 25th, 2011. I am waiting for a bus outside of the Shizuoka Convention and Arts Center, better known as "Granship," and home to one of the Shizuoka Peforming Arts Center's (SPAC) performance spaces, with my friend, travel...
Stop Just Going Along: The Dysfunctional Theatrics of René Pollesch
The actors run breathlessly between trailers, shadowed by a prompter, a videographer, a boom-mic operator, and a grip. They're filming a movie, and also maybe producing a theatre production, or rehearsing for both. We, the audience for this happy mess,...
Three Screams
CHARACTERS:EDVARD: An occasional painterTULLA: A master of small pastriesGUNNAR: Their sonTHE SCENE:Oslo, this morning.ONE: EDVARDAn outdoor studio. Canvases litter the stage. An oil drum sits center, the dim glow of a fire inside. A rude table covered...
Writing at Avignon (2010): Towards a Return of Narration
The term "narration" may lead to some confusion. I'm not referring to a narrative related by a character, such as the messenger's narrative in classical tragedy, for example, or the internal narratives of a drama, but to two things: on the one hand,...
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