Heartbeat Opera is presenting a new version that updates its setting, employs a largely nonwhite cast and features Midwestern prison choirs.
In “Wrestling With the Devil,” Ngugi wa Thiong’o remembers his isolation and fear as he struggled to overcome the deprivations of his detention.
Gui Minhai, a Swedish citizen who published critical books in Hong Kong, was seized in China while being escorted by Swedish envoys.
The filmmaker was jailed for interviewing Tibetans about their lives under Chinese rule. His escape reflects a growing climate of repression in China.
Mr. Liao discusses his family’s experiences under Mao Zedong and how his novel, to be published later this year in Chinese and English, came about.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina say the letter criticizing them “doesn’t follow the ideology of Pussy Riot.”
More than a month after their release from prison in Russia, two members of Pussy Riot are finding many allies in their fight for free expression.