Preview: Post-Gazette, Sharon Eberson

“‘Trainspotting’ writer John Hodge has mined a nugget of Russian history to address art vs. tyranny in “Collaborators,” a surrealist play about the time dissident writer Mikhail Bulgakov produced a work to celebrate Joseph Stalin’s 60th birthday.

Bulgakov’s anti-Bolshevik works were often censored or banned, and the playwright was stalked by Stalin’s secret police, so “you just have to sit and go, ‘Why would this have happened?’ ” said Jed Allen Harris, who will direct the U.S. premiere of “Collaborators” this weekend for Quantum Theatre…”

by Sharon Eberson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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