dialogue with God; stories with a stanza; rap drama; Biblical quotations
Rusycystyczne Studia Literaturoznawcze, T. 20 (2008), s. 84-95
The article constitutes an attempt to define the genre features of the plays by Iwan Wyrypajew,
a recently popular Russian playwright of the new generation.
The writer almost always uses Biblical fragments, writes about the good and evil, basic value
systems being under crisis nowadays. The heroes of his dramas are usually the people at variance
with their lives, searching for their own place on the earth, lost and making crimes. The world of
Wyrypajew s plays seems to be at first sight iconoclastic and profaning what one usually speaks
about in a serious and dignified way.
However, the playwright hopes that the new way of an artistic creation (a non-normative language,
drastic scenes from the surrounding reality, indecent humorous songs combined with the
pathos of sermon rhetorics, a possibility of framing the play with a youth music and others inscribed
in the text), will persuade the audience, especially the young one, that a clear conscience
and living according to the basic values makes life easier and helps to find the real sense in it.