Kaarin Johnston, Theater
The Women of Cheboksary is a play based on a historic event where Ivan the Terrible, Tsar of Russia, decreed that any unmarried, virgin woman in Russia had to report to his palace to be judged in a pageant where he would pick a wife and concubines. The story follows the effects this decree has on a small village, and the young men and women who live there. The play explores the themes of gender roles and relationship dynamics in a world where women have little agency, as well as provides a look at Russian culture outside of the antagonistic lens through which it is often portrayed.
Schoenbeck, Emily C., "The Women of Cheboksary" (2016). All College Thesis Program. 25.
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