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The Red Poppy: Josef Stalin at Home

142 pages55 minutes


Mention the
name Josef Stalin and all you will hear are epithets like “brutal dictator” or
“mass murderer” or “Communist reactionary.” And these are not untrue
descriptions. But they don’t tell the whole story. Every terrible person in
history was also just an ordinary person too. In The Red Poppy, we behold the man and not the monster. In these
seven scenes, we see the human side of the Soviet leader in a myriad of ways
never before portrayed. We see his humanity, his personal philosophy, his
anger, his sense of guilt and his endearing playfulness, all against the
backdrop of Mao tse-Tung’s impending visit to Moscow in 1949. The playwright
has done a masterful job of transforming Yuri Krotkov’s intimate knowledge of
Stalin into a fascinating, poignant, and at times hilarious collection of
vignettes that is as entertaining to read as it is to watch it on stage. The Red Poppy is truly a revelation.

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