Thursday, August 17, 2017

Promising playwright calls Yekaterinburg home

Born on January 11, 1977, in the Sverdlovsk Oblast's Upper Salda, Vassily Vladimirovich Sigarev is the winner of the Wintour Award for most promising playwright.

Sigarev's play "Plasticine" won him the Wintour Award, given out by the Evening standard, in 2002. His other two plays, "Black Milk" and "Ladybird," were produced in the West by the Royal Court Theatre in 2003 and 2004, respectively.

Sigarev studied at the Nizhny Tagil Pedagogical Institute and is a graduate of the Yekaterinburg Theatre Institute. His plays are noted for their illustrations of the decay of post-Soviet Russia.

His plays were first seen in New York when "Black Milk," which concerns a husband and wife team of conmen in an abusive relationship, was staged off-Broadway in July 2012.

The production, according to NYTheatre.com, was a "strong piece of theatre, taking its audience headfirst into a deserted wasteland of fear, confused morals and a profound fall from purity. With resonating performances, impeccable design and a truthful directorial vision."

In addition to his work in theatre, Sigarev directed the films "Volchak" in 2009 and "Zhit" in 2012. He also wrote the screenplay for "Prodayotsya detektor lzhi" in 2005.

Sigarev lives in Yekaterinburg and is married to Yana Troyanova, an actress.