A visit to the 2009 Golden Mask Festival in Moscow led to this article, which was itself a celebration of Russian playwrights – playwrights generally grouped under the now-somewhat-aging moniker, “New Russian Drama.” I had a great time. But I look back at the article and think that I was really catching the tail end of something. This was really New Russian Drama at the point where it starts wondering why it called itself New Russian Drama. Probably a little bit like punk rock in 1978. The big question: Is New Drama Dead? On the other hand, this was part of an effort to bring some of the promising, maturing playwrights who have sprung out of New Drama to the United States.

Read “Russia’s Brave New Wordsmiths,” American Theatre Magazine, October 2009 (PDF)