Burning Doors will be put on by Belarus Free Theatre and will be based on the experiences of imprisoned artists and censorship in Russia

The play will focus on the hardships and opposition faced by political artists in Russia today. The official summary states that the play will follow three contemporary artists and their struggle with the country’s censorship laws. The three artists include Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina, Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, and political artist Petr Pavlensky. “I want this to speak about the place of political artists and political art in the world, and about the difference between radical gestures and art. The message here is the same as in our music and in our political acts. We are fighting against our oppressive governments, just now we are using theatre,” said Alyokhina to the Guardian.

Pussy Riot were imprisoned in 2013 for speaking out against Putin. All three featured in the play have been arrested for their protest. Petr Pavlensky nailed his own testicles to the Red Square in protest. He is currently awaiting trial for setting the door of the Federal Security Service building on fire this past April. Speaking about Petr, Alyokhina has stated “Petr (Pavlensky) is the most important artist working in Russia now, and I really want his message to be spread out to the world,” Alyokhina also stated, “I think it is important to prove that artists, particularly political artists, can make more powerful gestures, braver gestures, and more uncommon gestures than politicians.”

The play, will both be written and star Alyokhina. They are currently raising funds through Kickstarter and plan to debut it in July. Learn more about Burning Doors, or donate to the Kickstarter campaign, here.