In her Tennessee Williams on the Soviet Stage book, Irene Shaland explores the history and problems involved in staging Tennessee Williams’s works in the Soviet theater. This book has five chapters and discusses 1970s – early 1980s Russian productions of five plays, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending, Sweet Bird of Youth, and Kingdom of Earth, in several Moscow, St. Petersburg (Leningrad), and provincial theaters.
This production-based study serves as a useful resource to theater historians interested in intercultural interpretations of the great American playwright.
About the Author
Irene Shaland is an internationally published art and travel writer, educator, and lecturer. “Tennessee Williams on the Soviet Stage” was her first publication in the United States. Her second book, “American Theater and Drama Research,” was a monograph on the methodology of research in American Theater and Drama. Irene is a prolific journalist, and her numerous articles on theater, art, travel, and history are regularly published in U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, and Kenya. She is currently working on her third book, “In Search of a Jewish Story around the World.”
Irene holds a B.A. in Theater Journalism and Art History from St. Petersburg University, Russia; a Master’s Degree in English from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; and a Master’s Degree in Information Science from Kent State University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Irene and her family reside in Cleveland, Ohio.
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