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Lithuanian Drama Today


The Theatre and Cinema Information and Education Centre published the first ever digital anthology of Lithuanian contemporary drama in the English language. CD Lithuanian Drama Today consists of 11 plays by 10 playwrights which represent the basic tendencies in contemporary Lithuanian drama: Daiva Čepauskaitė The Beans (translated by Aivaras Mockus), Laura Sintijos Černiauskaitė Lucy is Skating (translated by Jūra Avižienis), Gintaras Grajauskas The Girl Whom God Feared (translated by Laima Vincė), Marius Ivaškevičius Close City (translated by Laima Sruoginis and Edward Buffalo Bromberg), A Hat, Love and A Sheepskin Coat (translated by Elisabeth Novickas and Yana Ross), Teklė Kavtaradzė Homebody (translated by Aleksandra Fomina), Marius Macevičius Goodbye My Love (translated by Jayde Will), Aivaras Mockus Sakura in the Wind (translated by Aivaras Mockus), Sigitas Parulskis The Never-Ending Loneliness For Two (translated by Aivaras Mockus), Darius Lukas Piraitis Titrai/Subtitles (translated by Darius Lukas Piraitis), Gabrielė Labanauskaitė Red Laces (translated by Ada Valaitis).

The playwrights featured in the anthology represent two clearly distinct generations. The older ones grew up and studied during the shift of two epochs – the sunset of the Soviet era and the years of newly regained Lithuanian independence. Contemporary Lithuanian drama is characterized by sensitivity to the issues of our small country and language. The search for identity with its many variations in the presented plays is closely related to them. However, they are likewise marked by an attempt to disclose the universal conflicts which the contemporary man experiences with himself and his environment, to take a look at one's identity in a broad perspective and to comprehend its shifts within the context of our modern world.




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