Philadelphia’s Wilma Theater presents a Ukrainian war play- WHYY

That film was Urnov’s first experience of “Bad Roads.” He saw it last summer when the Wilma traveled to Estonia to present one of its plays. He was “shocked” by how good it is, calling it one of the strongest plays he has seen coming out of Ukraine.

“It is an incredible mixture of really tragic events and some amazing bitter humor, which makes it feel lifelike,” he said. “It’s not a sad documentary propaganda piece. It’s a real piece. These are real chunks of life.”

Urnov will be directing the staged reading, meaning there will be actors on stage but no sets, costumes, blocking (movement), or lighting and sound cues. Urnov is Russian, born in Moscow where he grew up and studied theater. He fears…

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