Richard Kalinoski’s beautifully written Beast on the Moon, set in 1920s Milwaukee and focusing on Aram and his teenage “mailorder” bride Seta who are united by their shared history as survivors of the Armenian Genocide, has been performed in more than twenty countries. It returns to London in a production commissioned by the Finborough Theatre, where it was last performed in the 1990s.
The Armenian Genocide of 1915-16 was perpetrated by the Ottoman Turkish Government against the Armenians, a Christian minority in a Muslim state. Up to one and a half million people died. To this day, the Turkish government refuses to admit that genocide ever took place. Join Index deputy editor Sally Gimson in conversation with director Jelena Budimir and the cast for a post-show discussion following a performance of Beast on the Moon, which remains a play for our times – a powerful exploration of legacy for so many refugees.