But this is not a story about great world events. It is a story about two people and the power each has, or does not have, over the other, as the world around them shifts in ways they cannot control.
I am reminded of the end of Casablanca, “[I]t doesn’t take much to see that the problems of [two] little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” Yet the universal struggle of those little people gives us a glimpse into their time and into what makes us human in a world on verge of cataclysmic change.
The Letters is set in 1931 Russia, in the days leading up the Great Purge or the Great Terror: a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union from 1936 to 1938. The paranoia that would scar the Russian psyche had already taken root in the Ministry where Anna Borisovna and the Director work.
The Letters would be little more than letters on a page but for the hard work of the director, actors, designers, crew, and volunteers that shared their skills with us. Thanks to all of them, and thanks to everyone in the audience for sharing in this thriller with BAT.