The State

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    conceived by ALEXANDER MANUILOFF 


    The State tells the story of the last conscious night of Plamen Goranov before he burnt himself in protest in front of the Municipal Council of Varna, Bulgaria. The text consists of fictionalized letters that share intimate moments of the character’s last minutes on Earth and also open space for discussion about our basic rules, principles, and values. The State is an innovative theatrical event based on Manuiloff’s text, but engaging the audience in a unique way. Audience members take part in the performance, becoming players and co-authors, and changing the piece each time it is presented.


    This production was made possible with support from Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.





    Alexander Manuiloff (Writer) is a writer who publishes exclusively online in both Bulgarian and English and earns his independence from working on film scripts, theatre performances, and writing articles, as well as from direct contributions from his readers. Two separate Silver Lion prize winners at the Venice Biennale, Rimini Protokoll and Ferran Dordal, chose him to work with on their latest projects. Manuiloff's films and dramaturgy works have been invited to major festivals around the globe.








    *All performances will be at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street, NW, Washington, DC.