Ukraine Crisis (2013-2014)

Geopolitical events lead to cancellation of Russian theater festival

Things in Russia have changed so much during the five years Yury Urnov has spent in Baltimore that he jokes it feels more like 350 years. When he first arrived in 2009, he worked with the Center for International Theatre Development (CITD) to host the New Russian Drama Festival. This November, they were set were set to go ahead with a four-play festival called the Russians Are Coming: A Festival of Radical New Theatre from Moscow-at Washington, D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre-until global politics intervened. As Russian troops amassed in Crimea and Vladimir Putin began a battle of the giants with NATO, the festival was cancelled.

The cancellation brings together...