Vakhtangov Theatre, Moscow
Directed by: Rimas Tuminas
Set Design: Adomas Jacovskis
Music: Faustas Latenas, Theodorus Abazis
Choreography: Angelica Cholina
Cast: Liudmila Maksakova, Victor Dobronravov, Evgeni Knayzev, Eldar Tramov, Evgeni Kosyrev, Maksim Sevrinovsky, Artur Ivanov, Oleg Forostenko, Valery Oshkov, Ruben Simonov, Ekaterina Simonova, Pavel Yudin and others.
The Choir: actors of the National Theatre of Greece (Athens)
"Submission and admission of guilt – these are the subjects I feel like bringing back to the stage, to talk about them. Fate is like the stroke of a gladiator, and we are the little people in the arena. A man proud and free can admit his sins. Moreover, he can punish himself for his sins. Not his fellow man – himself. I'm speaking of a real person, larger than life, I don't see people like that these days .The generation of these people has gone. My father and mother belonged to them. They always remembered that in any moment of his life a man might find himself unworthy of the place to which his destiny raised him. The power of the people from the past generation also lied in their readiness to punish themselves for their crime. Their guilt required penance. They were culprits and their own judges at the same time. The penance they imposed upon themselves was the most severe. To forgive thy neighbour but not to forgive thyself: such is the ancient moral ground of a man who never forgets that he does not look worthy in the eyes of God…
We live in fear, insecurity, defensive about everything, never admitting mistakes. We'll always blame someone or something. We murder our conscience. But I believe it exists in every one of us. Another essential thought that appears in the play, it doesn't appear directly, but I'd be happy for it to be sensed. The main character of Oedipus the King is not Oedipus but Jocasta. Loving mother, gentle wife, great queen, and wise woman She is a cocoon of love, binding together everything and everyone in our world,: after losing her husband she found in her soul the love for the hero who saved her motherland. Jocasta is a source of strength for both Oedipus and Creon. Her punishment for herself is the hardest. It could not have been otherwise: for titans the only punishment for their own crimes is death (Rimas Tuminas)
Victor Dobronravov (who plays the part of Oedipus): "What did Sophocles write about? How man is always trying to escape his fate and that is what the play is about. Tuminas is an outstanding director in my view. His co-creators, the designer and composer – are also outstanding. The three of them work together as a three headed snake. What will be their next work? We are all waiting to discover. Tuminas is a director who loves the theater, loves actors, loves the audience. He conceives of the play as holy and the theater as a temple."
Liudmila Maksakova (who plays Jocasta): "Tuminas is an unexpected director and a cryptic man. He loves to surprise. Mostly himself. It is always interesting in art to reach new discoveries. The subject that drew me the most in the play is vengeance".
Date: May 18 at 20:00 | May 19 at 20:30 | May 20 at 20:30
Location: Gesher Theater
Running time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, no intermission.
Tickets purchase at the Gesher Theatre website and box office
* The play is in Russian with Hebrew titles
"This is Rimas' best play since it deals with the significance of man's existence in our world: Why we appeared on earth. Ask what a man should do if his fate predicts tragedies? The answer is simple: do not kill, do not sin, do not be blind due to ambition." ("Kultura")
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