Triumph of the Spirit

Change has also meant challenge for these five Russians, who are blazing new trails and making a difference in the lives of people around them

YEVGENI SLAVUTIN Director "The whole world is about to perish, and you sound like you want to drink tea!" shouts director Yevgeni Slavutin, 44. He is taking two actresses through the crucial scene in an existentialist drama, where a chance encounter between a city woman and a peasant turns into a test of strength that will decide the fate of the universe. Viewers must believe, he says, that this morality play is "their own story." Slavutin's Student Theater at Moscow State University has dramatized the most tumultuous events of the Soviet demise in the language of vaudeville sketches. His success in...

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