On the morning of August 19, 1991, playwright Suzanne Trauth woke up to news of the coup in Russia that would eventually topple the Soviet Union:
Our rehearsal period had ended, scenes had been performed publicly, and a cast party had capped the two week cultural exchange with the Theatre on Podol in Kiev, Ukraine. Our plans to fly home that day were cancelled. That night, at the home of the artistic director of the theatre, we ate vodka-infused watermelon in front of his television, flipping back and forth between Shirley Temple tap dancing in a bootleg copy of the movie “That’s Entertainment,” and a press conference with the coup plotters—visibly drunk—on a Russian broadcast. It was one of the most surreal experiences of my life.
On the evening of August 12, 2016, join Nora’s Playhouse for a reading of the semi-autobiographical play based on those incredible events of 25 years ago.
Barbara Drum Sullivan*
*appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association