Public reading of the play "Taras and Me"
by Dr. Doug Larche
Dr. Douglas Larche is a Senior American Fullbright
Scholar to Ukraine (from Marinette, Wisconsin), and a visiting Distinguished
Professor and Playwright-in-Residence at Kirovohrad State Pedagogical
In his play the author represents his vision of Taras
Shevchenko's spiritual heritage. Events presented in the play are based
on historical research of the epoch, manuscripts and traditions of that
period of time.
The plot of the story is that a young Ukrainian woman
after hard ordeals of the fate found herself at the feet of the statue
of the great Ukrainian Cobzar and is desperately trying to awaken the
spirit of Shevchenko, the National Poet and Patrtiot of Ukraine, in
hopes that he can help her restore her own lost sense of personal dignity
and believe in love and her country's happy future.
Her plea stirred Taras to life and they began to argue
about their understand of spiritual values of life, about relations
between man and woman, which are based on the opposite outlooks of different