- Eastern Europe
has been called the most talented of the new wave of Russian dramatists. His complex, multilingual play "Steel Will" won the prestigious Anti-Booker Prize, and "Kitchen," a smash hit in Moscow, has been credited with helping steer Russian theater away from revivals, back towards contemporary work. As an actor, he was noted for his performances in verbatim theater. Although early in his career, Mr. Kurochkin has written fourteen plays, and has had his work adapted to film. He is participating courtesy of the Trust for Mutual Understanding Foundation.