Author August Strindberg
Translator Eugenija Stravinskienė
Director Māra Ķimele
Set designer Reinis Suhanovs
Costume designer Baiba Litina
Cast: Darius Meškauskas, Aldona Bendoriūtė, Nijolė Sabulytė, Jūratė Jankauskaitė, Igoris Reklaitis, Marius Pažereckas, Vaidas Jočys, Karolina Kontenytė, Kamilė Andriuškaitė, Radvilė Bronušaitė.
How can two people who once loved each other and were ready to give their lives to one another gradually grow apart? How can these seemingly small and irrelevant differences and separate outlooks suddenly become the main obstacle for getting along? Why two people who shared the love close in their separate private worlds while love is gradually replaced by indifference followed by an obvious hatred? How do we learn this vicious art of poisoning each other with silent spite, and later declare an open and ruthless war? Why two lovers cease to love? Why, after the noble oath “for better, for worse, till death do us part”, people start creating hell for each other and dream about death parting them? In his play Strindberg accurately and unapologetically analyses the phase of this silent transformation, this terrible and implacable growing hatred.
August Strindberg (1849-1912) was a Swedish novelist and playwright, one of the greatest theatre figures in the world, rightfully considered to be the “father” of the modern theatre. A. Strindberg was a colourful and well-rounded person who wrote both novels and plays (the compilation of his works consist of 72 volumes). The author studied Chinese language, wrote works in fields of orientalism, linguistics, ethnography, history, biology, astronomy, astrophysics, mathematics and science.
Swedish society of that time was quite outraged by the works of Strindberg. Daring themes, modern language and new point of view was not something that traditional socialising audience expected. Even the theatre production of the famous play “Miss Julie” took place twenty years after the play was written.
August Strindberg wrote psychological drama “The Father” in 1887, just one year before releasing an autobiographical, honest and painful novel “Comrades”.
Latvian director Māra Ķimele is one of the most recognisable theatre figures in Latvia. In 1969 she graduated from Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts in Moscow; M. Ķimele was a student of A.Efros. Throughout 1969-1989 worked as director in Valmiera Drama Theatre, 1975-1993 taught acting and directing in Jāzeps Vītols Conservatoire (since 1991 Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music), has been teaching in Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga since 1996. Throughout 1990-1993 worked as director in the Kabata Theatre in Riga, 1994-1996 and from 2003 to this day has been the director in the New Riga Theatre. In 2012 Māra Ķimele directed the stage performance based on the psychological drama “The Hour of the Lynx” by Per Olov Enquist in Klaipėda Drama Theatre.
In the 7th Professional Theatre Festival of Dalia Tamulevičiūtė “The Father” won the highest number of awards. Māra Ķimele was awarded as the Best Director, Darius Meškauskas won in the Best Actor category for the role of Captain Adolf, Aldona Bendoriūtė was the winner in the Best Actress category for the role of Captain’s wife Laura in the same performance. The committee awarded Karolina Kontenytė, who created the role of the daughter Bertha, as the Best Young Actress.
In Lithuanian festival “Vaidiname žemdirbiams” actress Aldona Bendoriūtė won in the Best Actress category. Nijolė Sabulytė was awarded as the best supporting role actress.
In the highest Lithuanian theatrical awards “Golden stage crosses” Darius Meškauskas was awarded as the best Lithuanian actor and Karolina Kontenytė as the best supporting role actress.
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