New York curtain rises on Oksanen's Purge

New York curtain rises on Oksanen's Purge

Photo: Kirsten K. Thoen In the New York premiere of Sofi Oksanen’s Purge, Maren Bush (left) plays Aliide Truu as a young woman and Peter Franzén plays her husband, Martin Truu.

Finnish Estonian author and playwright Sofi Oksanen’s star-making work Purge opens in New York, becoming part of the city’s Off-Off-Broadway legacy.

During the four years since Oksanen’s story of brutality, betrayal and longing in Soviet-occupied Estonia premiered at the Finnish National Theatre, Purge has carved out a lasting place within Finland’s cultural hall of fame. It continues to make a splash internationally.

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