Three actors will portray Anna Politkovskaya in an upcoming production of Italian writer and director Stefano Massini's Intractable Woman: A Theatrical Memo on Anna Politkovskaya, a new play inspired by the life and writing of assassinated journalist Anna Politkovskaya. The Off-Broadway premiere, presented by PlayCo, is translated by Paula Wing and directed by Dance Nation's Lee Sunday Evans.
Bringing the daring human rights activist to life onstage will be Nadine Malouf (Oh My Sweet Land; queens), Nicole Shalhoub (China Doll; The Clean House ), and Stacey Yen (Enjoy; Miles for Mary).
Intractable Woman will begin performances September 13 and play through October 14 on the second floor of 122CC, located at 150 1st Avenue, New York.
Journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow in 2006 after spending the previous seven years exposing government suppression and the atrocities of war in Chechnya. Originally staged in Europe as part of the 2007–2008 season, the play continues to illuminate the importance of journalism in holding governments accountable.
“There’s something about the granular, everyday detail of life in a warzone that takes it out of sensationalism and really makes it about the experience of living and existing there,” says Evans. “With this cast of three women, I want audiences to feel the tension between the incredible and courageous things she was doing when she was alive, while also feeling that her life was cut short. We are never attempting to recreate her, but we are honoring her spirit and sense of duty to report what was happening, no matter the cost.”
Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting Playco.org or calling (866) 811-4111. $15 Theater for Everyone Previews are on sale until July 22.