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“We speak about our current selves in order not to forget about our eternal selves.”

Written by Zukhra Abakarova

Directed by Michael Velez Ramos


  • Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 2:00pm Eastern Time

Language: English

Website: Facebook Event


This play is about Masha, the 14-year-old daughter of the founders of an extreme cult. She lives by the traditions of their beliefs and she doesn't know typical Moscow teen's life. During the first menstruation, Masha must survive a purification rite: spend fourteen days in isolation, prayer, and austerity. Her mother puts her in a cold and dark garage. There, Masha communicates with the gods and goddess she believes in and tells them about her life. She sincerely wants to go through the first experience and become a real woman. But something inside her resist for what is happening, something gets the better of her during her monologues, something captures her and subordinates itself… Or someone?

About the Playwright

Zukhra Abakarova studied at Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing in Moscow, and at Moscow State University, College of Philosophy. She has worked in such productions as Foam of Days, and Bird, for the Stanislavsky ElectroTheater. She did an adaptation of the script and verses of the choreographic installation AME, directed by Kanako Suzuki at the State Center of Contemporary Arts. She also created an artistic adaptation of the Japanese classic text, Mori Ogai - Takasebune for the project of Director-choreographer Kanako Suzuki Takasebune: Measure of a Man.


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