FOREIGN GIFTS – DRAMA ABOUT SOCIALISM AND CAPITALISM
Those with authority deny us the possibilities. What possibilities? That of knowing more.
Two speakers – Russian girls, speak for their way of life, the only way of life they know. Socialism or capitalism? Which is the right way? Each girl knows or thinks she knows the answer in this drama about socialism versus capitalism. A simple conversation over the dinner table turns into ‘cold war’ in their very living room.
Socialism is Sonia and capitalism is Raya. Sonia is for everyone and Raya is for herself. Sonia is containment and Raya is release. The two opposing sides are clear as the line drawn in the very room they are in – between The Soviet Union and America – as Raya speaks up for her identity and Sonia tries to convince her she has none. No identity, no self and therefore no cause for the self. Sonia tells Raya all she has been taught at school – the credibility of her facts checked by her teachers. Raya takes it in enough to know that ‘truth’ in the times of denying who we are as individuals, is as credible as fiction.
A powerful play that has the potential to win awards.
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Author: Nina Kossman
Genre: One act drama about socialism
Type: One act play
Main Cast: 2 – F
Ages of the actors: Teens
Suitable for: Teens to both watch and perform.
Length: Twenty five to thirty minutes
Set: SETTING: An apartment in Moscow. A minimal set. A dinner table and two chairs. On the table are two plates: one plate is clean, the remains of a recent meal are on the other. In the beginning of the play, both Sonia and Raya are in the same (“Soviet”) part of the room. Raya is sitting at the table in front of the plate with an unfinished meal. Sonia is standing next to her.
Level of difficulty: 8/10 – a simple conversation and a game between two girls is layered on top of political nuances.
Cost is $5.50 for this new digital play script
Copyright © May 2017 Nina Kossman and Off The Wall Play Publishers
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