Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 2016


Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Fiction | Playwriting | Theatre and Performance Studies


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.


Winner of CSB/SJU's 2015-2016 "Outstanding All College Thesis Award."

Since it is a creative piece, only the abstract has been uploaded.

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