Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov
University of South Carolina Department of Theatre and Dance presents Black Snow by Mikhail Bulgakov March 19 – 28 at the Center for Performance Experiment. Keith Reddin’s adaptation of legendary Russian author Mikhail Bulgakov’s 1936 novel is a semi-autobiographical account of Bulgakov’s experience with the Moscow Art Theatre, headed in part by influential director Konstantin Stanislavski. In Black Snow, writer Sergei Maxudov is persuaded to submit his novel to the “Independent Theatre” to have it adapted for the stage, but quickly finds himself and his creation subject to the whims of the theatre’s figureheads. Censored for its criticism of the Soviet government, the original novel didn’t actually see publication until 1967, more than 25 years after Bulgakov’s death.