A very special day for me – Valeriy Pecheykin’s excellent play “A Little Hero / Crematorium” that I had the honor of translating together with John Turiano premiers at Dixon Place Theater tonight!!!
In my biased opinion, it provides a pretty powerful insight into the psychological reality of living gay in today’s Russia. Its message is beyond gay or straight – it is about those who desperately cling to love and dignity at a time when Russia’s massive propaganda machine mercilessly injects its citizens’ brains with fear and hatred.
About the Author:
Valeriy Pecheykin was born in 1984 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. After majoring in Economics and working as a journalist in Tashkent, he studied creative writing at Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow. He is the author of the plays My Moscow (2008), Net (2009), Lucifer (2008), Russia, Forward! (2011), A Little Hero (2014) and screenplay co-writer of Pavel Lungins film The Conductor (Russia, 2012). A collection of his plays was published in Russia under the title Lucifer in 2013. Pecheykin’s play Falcons (2005) received two young playwright awards,Debut and New Drama. He currently works as a writer and dramaturge at Gogol Center in Moscow and is a regular contributor for the leading Russian LGBT magazine KVIR.
His latest play, A Little Hero, was published in Russian in 2014 in Mitin Journal. Its abridged version, Crematorium, was staged at New York’s Shelter Studios and Gene Frankel Theatre, directed by Alexander Kargaltsev, after a workshop at Dixon Place (read more about this production in this Huffington Post article).