On Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 11am CST (8pm Moscow time) the University of Iowa will link up with the Moscow Art Theatre to present Book Wings, a live bilingual (English/Russian) collaborative theatre project that uses the latest new media technologies to bring together actors, writers, directors, translators, and stage spaces 5,000 miles apart to produce one unified theatre experience, and present 6 newly commissioned plays. The performance will be live-streamed (free and viewable by anyone with an internet connection), with a 20 minute talk-back session featuring Moscow Art Theatre School Director Anatoly Smeliansky and participating playwrights, immediately following the performance. Internet viewers are invited to Tweet comments and questions for the live talk-back using the hashtag #bookw.
More on the project, including full bios of the playwrights and summaries of the commissioned works, can be found at:http://iwp.uiowa.edu/programs/book-wings/2014Russia
The bilingual performance will be viewable live on Thursday, March 13th at 11am CST (12 noon Eastern time) at:http://www.writinguniversity.org/page/book-wings-live-streaming
The March 13th performance will mark the debut of 6 new short plays commissioned by the Moscow Art Theatre and the International Writing Program on the central theme of “Contact”; the plays touch on issues from gay marriage to climate change to torture. The commissioned Russian writers are best-selling Chechen author Herman Sadulaev, twice short-listed for the Russian Booker, publisher and writer Maksim Osipov, winner of the Yuri Kazakov Prize, and playwright and prose writer Ksenia Dragunskaya.