Purge (Puhdistus) February 10 – 20, 2011 in New York

Purge (Puhdistus) directed by Zishan Ugurlu

February 10 – February 20, 2011


First Floor Theather, New York


La MaMa’s First Floor Theatre is located at 74A East 4th Street.


Purge (Puhdistus)

A manifestation of women’s resistance and survival in the face of violence,

Sofi Oksanen merges

the historical Soviet occupation of Estonia with human trafficking,

tying the political to personal.

History and love collide in this darkly poetic rhythmic elaboration.


Sofi Oksanen

Sofi Oksanen

picture Wikipedia


Sofi Oksanen’s first play Puhdistus (‘Purge’)

was staged at Finland’s National Theatre in 2007.



Sofi Oksanen was born and raised in Jyväskylä located in Central Finland.

Her father is a  Finnish electrician, her mother an Estonian engineer

who grew up in Estonia during the Soviet period and immigrated

to Finland in the 1970s.


Oksanen studied literature at the Universities

of Jyväskylä and Helsinki and later drama at the Finnish Theatre Academy in Helsinki.


Oksanen is actively involved in public debate in Finland and

comments on current issues in her columns and various talk shows.

She is a self-identified bisexual and has suffered from eating disorders.


In 2009 she received an award from the organizers of Helsinki Pride for her

activism on behalf of LGBT people in the

Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) and Russia.


Read more about Sofi Oksanen in WIKIPEDIA




19 thoughts on “Purge (Puhdistus) February 10 – 20, 2011 in New York”


    I posted new WO*IMA post twice but there’s some kind of technical problem.
    I can see both versions in my reader but the links don’t work. Means you have the same problem.

    I try to fix the problem asap.

  2. She does look and sound unique and interesting! I will follow up on YouTube to see what she has to say. I heard an interesting story about the sixties a little while back. The discussion was about how in those days, you were not considered interesting just cause you were rich, beautiful and outrageously silly, you were considered interesting because of what you had to say or had accomplished. This post brought back those words to me.


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