The Love-Girl and the Innocent

The Love-Girl and the Innocent (Russian: Олень и шалашовка; also translated The Tenderfoot and the Tart, and The Greenhorn and the Tramp) is a play in four acts by Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is set over the course of about one week in 1945 in a Joseph Stalin-era Soviet prison camp. As in many of Solzhenitsyn's works, the author paints a vivid and honest picture of the suffering prisoners and their incompetent but powerful wardens. Most of the prisoners depicted in the play are serving 10 year sentences for violations of Soviet Penal Code Article 58. In this play, the author first explores the analogy of the camp system to a separate nation within the Soviet Union, an analogy which would dominate his later work, most clearly in The Gulag Archipelago. The play has a fairly large cast of characters, mostly prisoners at the camp. The play has many difficult staging and set directions. Truckloads of prisoners arrive onstage, characters appear onstage pouring (and spilling) molten iron in a camp foundry, and one scene calls for a three-story building in the foreground of the set, with layered barbed wire and bare steppe stretching into the background "as far as the eye can see," with an excavator operating in the distance. Despite this, the play has been performed in public many times, making its American premiere at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1970. A television adaptation of the play was broadcast by the BBC in the Play of the Month series in 1973. Source: Wikipedia (en)

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