April 15, 2019, 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Alexander Gelman, one of the most significant playwrights of his time, wrote the Bench in 1983. Since then it has been translated and played in thirty countries and it keeps being played, due to its profound human angle but also to its bitter humour that renders it timeless and up to date in a tragicomic way.
It was written in the Soviet Union of the eighties, the period before its fall, when arbitrage and corruption prevail. The society is at an impasse as well as its people. They dream of another life somewhere else, somehow differently. They get away to other worlds, to other people’s lives, they create fictional stories, they evade a suffocating and intolerable routine, claiming for an efflorescence.
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