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26 May 1938

The birth of Lyudmila Petrushevskaya

In the 1970s Anatoly Efros said the following about Petrushevskaya, "She will never be staged in our lifetime." She spoke about things that were simply not talked about from stage in Soviet times: about illnesses, alcoholism, poverty, loneliness... Nevertheless, her plays saw the light of day as early as late 1970s - early 1980s. The first productions had a difficult life. For instance, Roman Viktyuk's production of "The Music Lessons" at the MSU Student Theatre was soon banned and the theatre itself was closed down. Starting in 1990s, however, productions based on Petrushevskaya's plays began to be shown freely all across the country.

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