In 2 acts. Based on the play by A. Ostrovsky.
The action of Ostrovsky’s play takes place in a backwater town in the 19th century, but…
“It is our passions, our worries which rouse and control us. The characters of the play exist in the “lower depths,” where people will strangle each other for a kopeck without so much as a thought. And in those lower depths of society, love takes hold without rhyme or reason where it is least welcome. It is, as it were, a butterfly that flew into a mine… True, a butterfly in a coal mine is also already not entirely a butterfly – it has already “metamorphosed.” Here, everything has metamorphosed – love and money, too – and taken on a hypertrophied, yet ordinary form. The play rests on human feelings which nobody really needs: they change and change, but some continue to believe in them…”
FELITSATA ANTONOVNA SHABLOVA – Evgeniy STARTSEV
The landlady of a small wooden house
GERASIM PORFIRYICH MARGARITOV – Alina KHODZHEVANOVA
A lawyer to retired bureaucrats, and an old man of handsome appearance.
LYUDMILA – Maria SMOLNIKOVA
His daughter, a no-longer-young girl. All of her movements are modest and slow, and she is dressed cleanly, but without pretense.
DORMEDONT – Andrey MIKHALYOV
Shablova’s younger son, and clerk for Margaritov.
ONUFRIY POTAPYICH DORODNOV – Veronika TIMOFEEVA / Kristina PIVNEVA
A middle-aged merchant.
NIKOLAI ANDREICH SHABLOV – Aleksandr KUZNETSOV / Vadim DUBROVIN
Shablova’s elder son.
VARVARA KHARITONOVNA LEBEDKINA – Konstantin MUKHANOV
Anna Kostrikova, Aleksandr Barmenkov
Natalya Nazarova, Gennady Nazarov
Irina Bakulina, Svetlana Tantseva
Natalya Urvacheva, Svetlana Chelidze
Olga Ravvich, Anton Morozov
Irina Bakulina, Olga Terleeva
Ivan Barakin, Valery Guryanov, Ivan Eryshev, Sergey Nazarov, Andrey Chekin
M. M. Bondarenko
The production was realized in collaboration with GITIS.
Premiere: 11 September, 2014.
Duration: 2 hours with one intermission.