Alina by Lianna Makuch
Alina is inspired by the true experiences of a 19-year-old volunteer Ukrainian combat medic who leaves everything behind to go to the front line of one of the deadliest battles of the war in Eastern Ukraine in 2015 — the battle for the Donetsk Airport. But it is when she returns home to the shock of “peaceful” civilian life that she realizes her struggle does not end at the front.
Alina is an exhilarating, breathless journey toward and away from war.
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The realities of Ukraine’s circumstances have a great impact on many people in Canada. For so many Ukrainian Canadians from several waves of immigration, including playwright Lianna Makuch’s own family, Ukraine is not the “old country;” it is still “home.” In March 2017, Edmonton-Strathcona MP Linda Duncan cited Pyretic Production’s previous play, Barvinok, in the House of Commons during a debate about Operation Unifier, describing it as “the most powerful presentation that [she has] seen” about Ukraine’s conflicted history. As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues to devastate Ukraine and cause global reverberations, our work continues to have urgent relevance directly in our community.
Along with the world premiere of Alina, we will be having a Ukrainian Community Night on May 27th with a reception following the show, as well as two talkback nights with the actors, and creative team.