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About Describe the Night

"When we say that something is true, it becomes true. When we say that something is false, it becomes false."

This 2018 Obie Award Winner explores the blurred lines between lies, history and conspiracy theories, as it tracks back and forth across 90 years of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia. Rajiv Joseph’s ("Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo") sharp-witted dialogue and historical juxtapositions bring to mind Tom Stoppard’s and Tony Kushner’s best works.

Featuring a Putin-esque KGB officer, "Describe the Night" deftly incorporates the tension and intrigue of a spy thriller with a touching dive into the realm of magical realism. Another featured character, writer Issac Babel, executed by Stalin after his work was deemed anti-Soviet, was a profound influence on Director Blanka Zizka, who herself defected from her native Czechoslovakia to escape persecution by the Soviet government.

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The Wilma Theater

265 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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