(Alena Karas’s article appeared in Rossiyskaya Gazeta, 3/3; via Russia Beyond the Headlines.)
This year’s winner of the Alexander Solzhenitsyn Prize has been announced as theater director Sergei Zhenovach. According to the selection panel, he was chosen for his “faithful service to Russian theater, inspiring theatrical adaptations of classic world literature and instilling a love of books and the theater in his audiences.”
Sergei Zhenovach has followed his mentor Pyotr Fomenko in creating a type of theater where the interpretation of prose writing for the stage is an art in itself.
Adapting prose for the stage has been around for over a century, beginning with Nemirovich-Danchenko, whose staging of Dostoevsky's novel “Demons” in 1911 was extremely successful.