In The Bowels of The Earth

Orignal title: В землі, 2022Translator: John Freedman, Natalia Bratus, English

It explores the experience of finding oneself in a bomb shelter sharing a tight space with strangers, pondering the fact that "the earth takes us in" and hoping for its protection. It is filled with the cacophony of voices, streams of thoughts, brief moments of interactions, interrupted by children questioning the brutality of war

This translation retains the author's unorthodox format, including centered text, that mixes identified speech, unidentified speech, descriptions and “stage directions” into a single, flowing narrative.

A play commissioned by a grant from Philip Arnoult's Center for International Theater Development (U.S.)


Drama, 1 Act4 M, 9 F, 5 kids
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