Debut of Belarus Free Theater in Washington (in Russian)
Washington Post: Belarusans Basking in — Not Hiding From — the Spotlight’s Glare
The Belarus Free Theatre has no official audience in Belarus, because officially the Belarus Free Theatre does not exist. Only state-run theaters exist in Belarus, which has been described as Europe’s last dictatorship. Only approved plays exist, by approved, non-revolutionary playwrights. There are no revolutionary playwrights in Belarus. Officially.
So in Minsk, the company’s home city, actors perform in tiny apartments, texting their location at the last minute to avoid harassment by government officials. They perform in bars and tell the authorities the gathering is a holiday party; they perform in the woods and say it’s a wedding.
Read the full article in today’s Washington Post Washington Post.