chapter  3
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Actors in the Drama Speak Out (Berkeley, California, August 10-11,1989)

For many decades, the Soviet Union's political drama was played off-stage. There would be an occasional public announcement as to the final moments of a particular scene, such as news of the death of a general secretary, but neither the potential domestic nor the foreign audience knew what was really transpiring. All we knew was that the cast performing in this drama was small and highly select

Now, it would seem, we are treated to a very truly public spectacle, much of it in living color on television. The cast numbers in the thousands, with the audience joining the act.