Episode 2: Barbara Hammond
Creating a Work of Art Based on a Work of Art
Barbara Hammond shares the research process for her new play, We Are Pussy Riot, based on the experiences of the Russian feminist punk performance protest group, Pussy Riot. Following her travels to Moscow and development sessions at New Dramatists, Barbara gathered a panel of experts on contemporary Russian culture and politics, and hosted a discussion that was open to the public. Panelists include Argemino Barro, correspondent for the war in Ukraine (El Confidencial); Melik Kaylan, journalist and political commentator (Wall Street Journal); and Mike Lerner, whose documentary film, A Punk Prayer, captures Pussy Riot’s trial after the arrest of their action at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012. We Are Pussy Riot is a commission from the Contemporary American Theatre Festival and will receive its world premiere in July 2015 (www.catf.org).