Love Letters to Stalin

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Estreno Plays, Jan 1, 2002 - Fiction - 45 pages
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A member of Democratic Spain's first generation of playwrights, Juan Mayorga (b. 1965) is the author of more than a dozen plays and the recipient of several national theatre awards. His plays are concerned with the political and ideological forces that govern the way in which reality is (re)presented. Rejecting the formal elements of the realistic stage, such as conventional plot and linear character development, Mayorga depicts life as a random interplay of intersecting social, historical and artistic texts and contexts.

Love Letters to Stalin, a drama in 10 scenes, focuses on the frustration of a censored writer. Mikhail Bulgakov, who becomes obsessed due to the artistic silence that has been imposed on him, uncovers the depth of his emotional and psychological dilemma through a series of imagined, and at times comic, encounters with the diabolical figure of Stalin. A profound meditation on the tortured relationship between power and art.

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