Full Length Play
Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century
Settings Of Play - Moscow 2005: the thrice-nine tsardom in the thrice-ten country.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes, Fantasy Costumes
Mild Adult Themes
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play, Kendeda
WINNER! 2011-2012 Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting AwardMeg Miroshnik is the 2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
FINALIST! 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize
Award winning playwright, Meg Miroshnik casts a spell with The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls.
Once upon a time—in 2005—a twenty-year-old girl named Annie returned to her native Russia to brush up on the language and lose her American accent. Underneath a glamorous Post-Soviet Moscow studded with dangerously high heels, designer bags, and luxe fur coats, she discovers an enchanted motherland teeming with evil stepmothers, wicked witches, and ravenous bears.
Annie must learn how to become the heroine of a story more mysterious and treacherous than any childhood fairy tale: her own. This subversive story haunts the audience, and carries a powerful message for young women living in a world where not everything ends up happily ever after.
"Russian culture is rife with myth and magic. 'The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls' takes place in a similar kind of dreamland. IN THIS DREAMLAND, PEOPLE SLEEP WITH ONE EYE OPEN." - New York Times, Read More
"The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls...is to be admired and appreciated for its energy, eclectic imaginative drive, and powerful message to and for young women. THIS IS ANYTHING BUT A TAME, GRACEFUL ONE HOUR AND FORTY MINUTE JOURNEY. INSTEAD, IT JOLTS ONE'S SENSIBILITIES." - Talkin Broadway, Read More
"Like the fairytales it incorporates, [The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls is] ambiguous but haunting, a surreal romp that leaves you more than a bit shaken." - Santa Barbara Independent, Read More
"An evil stepmother. A wicked witch. A ravenous bear. Separated siblings. Young girls in peril. Meg Miroshnik's inventively comic 'The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls' plugs these mythological figures into post-Soviet Russia and adroitly subverts them." - Seattle Times, Read More
Meg Miroshnik on The Fairytale Lives of Russian GirlsHow do you hope this show will affect audiences, and what do you want them to take away from it?
The No. 1 thing for me about the play is that, since it is a fairy tale and we are literally beginning with “once upon a time,” I think there is an expectation as an audience member that it is going to be a really great story. So I hope people go away feeling like they have had a satisfying evening of storytelling, firstly. In terms of thematic or emotional reactions, I think the play is asking what role fairy tales have in adult life. I hope that it will be funny, exciting, scary and provocative — a really fun evening in the theatre.
Excerpt from Life is but a Dream: Playwright Meg Miroshnik on her prize-winning play, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
by Encore Atlanta
The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls
opened at Yale Repertory Theatre in February 2014 (Artistic Director, James Bundy). The production was directed by Rachel Chavkin and dramaturged by Amy Boratko.