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Witness onstage

Documentary theatre in twenty-first-century Russia

By Molly Flynn

Witness onstage
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  • ISBN: 9781526126191
  • Publish Date: Oct 2019
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    As the Kremlin's crackdown on freedom of expression continues to tighten, Russian playwrights and directors are using documentary theatre to create space for the public discussion of injustice in the civic sphere and its connections to the country's twentieth-century past. Witness Onstage traces the history of documentary theatre's rapid growth in twenty-first century Russia and situates the form within the socio-political setting of the Putin years. It argues that through the practice of performing documents, Russian theatre artists are creating a new type of cultural and historical archive that challenges the dominance of state-sponsored media and invites individuals to participate in a collective renegotiation of cultural narratives.

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    'This book analyzes twenty-first century Russian theater in conjunction with Teatr.doc and related stage productions. Molly Flynn offers a close-up perspective as a translator, performer, and producer, and in her own creative work demonstrates the different roles performed on stage by documents.'
    The Russian Review

    Contents

    Introduction
    1. History on Trial
    2. Called to the Stand
    3. Evidentiary Hearing
    4. Material Witness
    5. Burden of Proof
    6. A Special Verdict
    Conclusion
    Index

    Author

    Molly Flynn is a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Birkbeck University of London

    Witness onstage

    By Molly Flynn

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