The Store / by R. Sheth

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July 1314, 2019

Written by Olzhas Zhanaydarov
Translated from Russian by John Freedman
Directed by Jeremy Aluma

Featuring: Zhanna Albertini, Kim Fukawa, Marielle Issa, and Priyank Thakkar

Based on real events, Olzhas Zhanaydarov’s The Store exposes the brutal torment of a Kazakh migrant working in Moscow. Public indifference and a corrupt police force silence young victims lured from their homeland by a Kazakh trafficker. Promises of money, citizenship, and family reunification set the stage for a life of indentured servitude and abuse, a reality rationalized by religious interpretations of master and slave.

Performed as part of Staging the Stans