Aleksandr Rodionov


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April 2009: Princeton, New Jersey and New York
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Aleksandr Rodionov is a playwright, scriptwriter, and writer of short stories. He lives in Moscow with his wife and 5-year-old daughter. A graduate of the Gorky Literary Institute, Rodionov has worked with the Lubimovka Festival of Young Dramaturges, TEATR.DOC Festival, and the New Drama Festival. His writing is based on documentary theater techniques, collecting real life dialogue and adapting it for dramatic purposes. His plays, The Battle of the Moldovans for a Cardboard Box and Songs of the Peoples of Moscow, premiered at the TEATR.DOC festival in 2003 and 2002, respectively. He is the co-author of several screenplays for narrative film, notably the short film Everybody Dies But Me (co-written with Yuri Klavdiyev and directed by Valeria Gai Germanika), an award-winner at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and Help Gone Mad (co-written with screenwriter and director Boris Klebnikov), 2009. He has also adapted novels for film and written for television. Rodionov’s translations of British playwright Mark Ravenhill’s early plays have been staged prominently in Moscow and St. Petersburg.

  • Read a review of Everybody Dies But Me (in English).
  • See Rodionov's listing on Internet Movie Database.
  • Read an article by Rodionov about Verbatim documentary theater in Russia (in Russian).
  • Get the text of Rodionov's play Their Crimes (PDF), translated by Natasha Randall for CEC ArtsLink and presented at the Living Theatre, April 21st, 2009.