SINGAPORE – Four high school students play a wicked game with their teacher, dropping by to surprise her on her birthday with the real aim of coercing her into letting them make changes to their exam scripts. When she refuses to compromise, they make her a shocking proposal.

Issues of education and morality rear their head in Nine Years Theatre’s Mandarin adaptation of the Russian classic Dear Elena Sergeevna. Titled Dear Elena, it runs at the Drama Centre Black Box in the National Library from Oct 17 to 20. The original play by Russian playwright Lyudmila Razumovskaya premiered in the early 1980s, before the fall of the Soviet Union, and has since been staged in different parts of the world.

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