This page offers downloadable PDF scans of some of my articles that are not readily available on the web or other media.
Publications in Periodicals
"Translating Ginkas Transforming Chekhov"
I wrote this piece about my minor collaboration with Kama Ginkas on his fabulous production of Rothschild's Fiddle, which rehearsed in Moscow but had its world premiere at the Yale Repertory Theater in New Haven. In this article, which introduces my translation of Ginkas's version of Chekhov's story, I write about the subtle, but extremely powerful ways in which Ginkas transforms text through action and directorial finesse. Originally published in TheatreForum No. 25 (Summer/Fall 2004): 72-76.
The Art of Seeing: Dmitry Volkostrelov & Pavel Pryazhko
This is my introduction, "The Art of Seeing: Dmitry Volkostrelov Interprets Pavel Pryazhko," to my translation of Pavel Pryazhko's play Angry Girl. The piece is based on several Pryazhko works that have been staged by the excellent young director Dmitry Volkostrelov, including The Soldier, Three Days in Hell and I am Free. TheatreForum No. 45: 49-55.
This interview with the composer Alexander Bakshi and his wife, the soprano Lyudmila Bakshi, was published in one of my favorite publications, TheatreForum, in issue No. 19, 2001. Although historically it is now an "ancient" publication, the philosophy of this unique composer has not changed appreciably in the ensuing years and so this remains an excellent place to find out how Bakshi thinks and works. This interview was done while Bakshi and Kama Ginkas were preparing their brilliant production of "The Polyphony of the World." As such, it contains no substantive information about that show, but, again, Bakshi's vision of "Polyphony" is everywhere to be found in this interview.
This piece in the magazine Puppetry International discusses the innovative work with shadows in theater that Ilya Epelbaum has done at his Ten', or Shadow, Theater in Moscow, and that his son Arseny Epelbaum has done in Moscow with his father, Dmitry Krymov, Alexei Burykin and others. Title: "Out of the Shadows: Ilya and Arseny Epelbaum in Moscow."
For background on this article, which was published in the North American Chekhov Society Bulletin, see my extended comments on the Bibliography page. I will add here that I selected the title, with tongue fully in cheek, in reference to Anatoly Lunacharsky's famous article in the 1920's, "Back to Ostrovsky!" My piece discussed the same-old sameness that affected so many Chekhov productions I was seeing around the turn of the century. (I can't say that's changed all that much since...)
As fate would have it, this was the first article I wrote on the topic of contemporary Russian drama - a profile of Lyudmila Razumovskaya called "Lyudmila Razumovskaya: Playwright by Chance" in Theater Three, 1992.