‘The Letters’ explores life beneath state control in Soviet Russia
While some will stop at nothing to hide the truth, others will let nothing stop them from revealing it. Either way, there is a price to pay.
John W. Lowell’s play, “The Letters,” takes viewers back to Soviet Russia, circa 1931. When love letters surface between a famous Russian composer and his various homosexual paramours, the government embarks on a campaign to hide the evidence so as not to bring disrepute to the State. Anna, a ministry employee, is mysteriously called into the director’s office, where she is at first offered a promotion—but the exchange subtly morphs into a deadly cat-and-mouse game.