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Ivan Fuller

Ivan Fuller

Ivan Fuller is in his 20th year as an associate professor of theatre at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He is the founder and artistic director of the Bare Bodkins Theatre Company, producing summer Shakespeare in Sioux Falls. For the past six summers he has spent time in Russia, leading students on study abroad trips or simply being inspired for his various writing projects. In addition to his work as a director and theatre educator, Ivan is a playwright and is currently in the process of writing a new play about Soviet poet, Olga Berggolts. He has also written and had productions of a long one-act, Sensitive Scar Tissue. Ivan is married and has five children.

 

EATING INTO THE FABRIC

This two-act script is inspired by the true story of Leningrad under siege by the Nazis during World War II. For 900 days the city of Leningrad was virtually cut off from the rest of the world. During one of the harshest winters on record, citizens in Leningrad struggled to survive without heat, running water, electricity and fresh food. Daily bombs dropped on the city, adding to the terror. Despite these horrific conditions, theatre continued, as did many other forms of artistic expression and entertainment. This play focuses on a theatre company struggling to continue rehearsals and performances under the impossible conditions of the siege. It tells the story of Tatiana Astrova (the company’s ingénue), her father (a botanist), her fiancé (serving in the army at the front lines) and the nine other members of the theatre company.