Blending realism and abstraction, this full-length play explores the future and the past, technology and humanity, solitude and family. Written, translated from Russian, rewritten, and directed by Anna Evtushenko, PhD candidate in Information Science.

March 24th, 5:00 p.m., March 25th, 2:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.and March 26th, 2:00 p.m., 

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MINE: An exploration of authorship in a time of catastrophe

2020 has been a painful year marked by the world as a time of quarantine and uncertainty. During her own time of isolation, writer and director of performance Anna Evtushenko created "Mine," a full-length play written in Russian that explores the notion of a beautiful, imagined life versus a real, menial, raw life. This month, watch Anna and actors from Cornell bring "Mine" to life in an English adaptation of the original play, bringing a fitting level of abstraction into the story.

"Mine" will be performed at the Black Box Theater in Schwartz Center for Performing Arts across three days: March 24th at 5pm, March 25th at 2pm and 7:30pm, and March 26th at 2pm. Tickets are free and open to the public. Tickets can be reserved through SchwartzTickets.com

Anna, a PhD candidate in Information Science from Russia, submitted her play in January of 2022 to the Department of Performing Arts’ season of events to see it performed after seeing a staged reading of "Mine" in front of a Moscow audience in 2021. But, just a month later, Russia would invade Ukraine, escalating global tensions and changing the world. With the play being accepted later in April of that year, "Mine" presented new questions to be answered: How could a Russian playwright working in the US present a simple generational story about a Russian family? How could they depict Russia in a way it no longer could be? Those questions, for Anna, were about identity, representation, and the nature of authorship in a time of global turmoil. This led Anna to rewrite the play to capture the new aspects of Russian life that were changed by global events. Although she wishes she never had to, recreating a more powerful version of "Mine" has catalyzed her growth as a creator and a person.

Working on "Mine" with diverse students and with the support from the PMA department has been a major highlight of Anna’s time at Cornell. Explore how life has been changed and shaped by global events through the eyes of Anna Evtushenko in the Black Box Theater on March 24th-26th.

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