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Olga Mukhina: Russian Woman Playwright Makes Dramatic Waves

12. October 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

Where playwrights like Anton Chekhov and Alexander Pushkin once thrived, Olga Mukhina seems to have carried the legacy. Since 1996, this Russian woman has been a force of the Russian literary and theatrical scene, even though she has only written four plays.

Her first play, “The Love of Karlovna,” is currently being performed as “Love Story,” at Moscow’s Drugoi Theater. The production is described as the story of a young Russian woman who, with the help of her quirky and interesting friends, is trying to get over a love affair she had with a man who left her to go to Paris.

Mukhina’s plays have been cited as the source of a new wave of Russian drama, though she has been described as an unconventional playwright, creating unusual bits of dialogue that include the thoughts of individual characters. Directors have noted that her plays read like film scripts rather than plays.

Her work has been produced in countries throughout Europe as well as the United States. The Dragoi Theater’s production of “Love Story” is the first time one of her plays has been produced in Moscow since 2005.