An important new survey of Eastern European theater after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Explores all aspects of theater, from playwriting, directing and acting, to repertoire creation and theatre management. Uses material never previously published on theatre life during the Communist years. Compares theater before and after the political changes in Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland,Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Ukraine. Chapters begin with introductions by well-known theatre professionals or lively interviews with a major directors or playwrights - including Yury Lyubimov, Václav Havel, Andrei Sherban and Ismail Kadare.
"It tells a common story of the battle against the new poverty, of once lavishly funded theaters reduced to penury, or artists surviving against the odds, and fighting back. As a historical account, it is invaluable for all students of the theater. As a record of human determination, it will inspire everyone." - John Elsom, International Association of Theater Critics