Purge (Puhdistus) directed by Zishan Ugurlu
February 10 – February 20, 2011
La MaMa’s First Floor Theatre is located at 74A East 4th Street.
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’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