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The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls

Meg Miroshnik

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy


ISBN: 9780573703645

The eighth winner of the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition is set amongst the swirling domes of the church in Red Square.

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Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Fantasy, Fables/Folktales

90 minutes

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day, New Millennium/21st Century

Settings Of Play - Moscow 2005: the thrice-nine tsardom in the thrice-ten country.


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


KCACTF: Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival New Play, Kendeda

WINNER! 2011-2012 Alliance/Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Award
FINALIST! 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

Meg Miroshnik is the 2012 recipient of the Whiting Award for Drama
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 Girls
How 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.




All Female, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Expandable casting, Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors


Olga is the only character who speaks with an accent; everyone else is communicating in their native language. Transliterations of Russian words into English don’t always correspond with the Library of Congress’s Romanization system.

ANNIE - 20, the American
MASHA - 19, the Girlfriend
KATYA - 19, the Mistress
THE OTHER KATYA / THE DAUGHTER / NASTYA / THE WHORE - played by one actress around 19/20 years old
OLGA / PASSPORT CONTROL OFFICER / PROFESSOR / VALENTINA - played by one actress in her 40s
BABA YAGA / AUNTIE YAROSLAVA - played by one older actress
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Meg Miroshnik

Meg Miroshnik

Meg Miroshnik's plays include The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, The Droll {A Stage-Play about the END of Theatre}, The Tall Girls, Old Actress, and an adaptation of the libretto for Shostakovich’s Moscow, Cheryomushki. She is the recipient of a 2012 Whiting Award.Her work has been developed or produced by the La Jolla Playhouse, O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, Center Theatre Group, ... view full profile

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