Two men--a convict and an executioner--find themselves in a catastrophic situation. They don't know what is beyond the walls of the execution chamber. Is anyone still watching? Does the world still exist? Together, or against one another, they must decide whether to continue following the code of rules and ethics they have always known or develop a new one. And who is to create this new code: the executioner, the convict, or someone else? What does society impose on us when its very existence is no longer certain?

There Is No Power for the Electric Chair had its world premiere at the Plovdiv Drama Theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and is the first "Askeer" winner for "Best New Bulgarian Play" to be produced in English by an American theatre

Alexandar Sekulov (Playwright) is a Bulgarian poet, novelist, and dramatist and is the resident dramaturge of the Plovdiv Drama Theatre. His works have been translated into English, German, French, Serbian, Macedonian, and Hungarian. Some of his award-winning novels include The Collector of Love Messages (finalist for Novel of the Year VIK, 2007), The Island (Nominated for the National Award for Children's Literature "H. G. Danov", 2011), and God Comes Down to Athens (2012 Best Seller of "Helikon" Publishing Company). He is the winner of Award "Plovdiv" for Literature with his poetry collection Delightful and Light. His plays include Bright Hotel Rooms,Debelyanov and the Angels, There Is No Power for the Electric Chair (winner of the 2016 "Askeer" for Best New Play), and the dramatic adaptations of The Rising by Milen Ruskov (in collaboration with Ivan Dobchev) and Wolves by Petar Delchev. In recent years, Alexandar has worked with the leading Bulgarian director Diana Dobreba. Together, they have produced his play Debelyanov and the Angels, Wolves, and Caligula at the Bulgarian National Theatre "Ivan Vazov". For his recent poetry collection Sea of the Living, Mr. Sekulov has won every major Bulgarian award for poetry. He is a graduate of the Department of Bulgarian Philology at the University of Plovdiv.

Zlatomir Moldovanski (Director) is a Bulgarian-American theatre artist who started his professional journey as a child actor on the boards of the Plovdiv Drama Theatre, one of the oldest and most prominent theatre companies of the Balkans. In North America, he has worked for the Stratford Festival of Canada, Lookingglass Theatre, Creede Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Profiles Theatre, The Drilling Company for New Plays, New Stage Collective, Level 11 Theatre, and the CBS Primetime Series Madam Secretary. He has performed his one-man play Is It Feasible?, based on the short stories of Bulgarian humorist Chudomir, in Florida, New York, Colorado, Chicago, Minnesota, and Ontario. Zlatomir is a graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training (MFA), and the College-Conservatory of Music (BFA). Proud member of AEA and CAEA.

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