Friday, June 10, 2011


Last night, I went to the special opening night performance for Embassies and the press of Purge at the Scena Theatre here in DC, which was sponsored by the Estonian and Finnish embassies.
Purge is a play (and later a book) by Sofi Oksanen, a Finnish writer of Estonian descent. The play and book are set in Estonia in the 1950s and in 1992.

I really recommend it.

The play is powerful and moving. It really nails the complexity of the decisions people had to make, and live with, during those times just to survive. It is well written and well preformed. I wondered whether watching it was difficult for the Estonians in the audience, much as watching the more painful parts of our history, especially those dealing with American Indians, is hard for me.

I'll warn you, there is a bit of male nudity (I was shocked, I tell you! Shocked!).

The play runs through July 3. If you get a chance, you should go see it.

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