Hanlon, John J.
Set in a gritty, bellicose future, the action of this unique play wends its way from the swagger and intimate banter of a combat unit to a total deconstruction of gender. A world war has erupted between men and women. As the women raze New York, an anti-aircraft battery, composed of an international team of male soldiers, fights to defend itself – and escape the threat of domestic slavery. The first act charts the strange preparations the Russian, American, and Ukrainian unit must make to attract and destroy a “Medea” pilot. The second act is a cautious dance between the downed pilot and the sole survivor of her attack, a Russian private who, we gradually realize, is not what s/he seemed. Combining ingenious science fiction elements and a brutal pre-apocalyptic landscape with revelatory philosophical considerations and a rich linguistic soundscape, the play is by turns darkly comic and profoundly tender.
Copyright © 2004, John J. Hanlon. Original language version copyright © 1994, Maksym Kurochkin.