THE SHOEMAKERS (Directed by A. Obcarskas)

THE SHOEMAKERS (Directed by A. Obcarskas)


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The production is a co-production of the NKDT (National Kaunas Drama Theatre) and Utopia Theatre. The production is also realized together with the Polish Cultural Institute in Vilnius and the Adam Mickiewicz Foundation. The performance is a part of International Theatre festival "Stage 10x10"

The Shoemakers, although left unfinished due to the author’s suicide, is considered the best Witkacy’s work for the theatre. The last decade of Witkacy’s life and work (1930–1939), coinciding with a difficult period for the whole of Europe as well, was full of pessimism and anxiety. The artist saw the waking demons of totalitarianism and feared for a bleak future – the play The Shoemakers perfectly discloses the atmosphere of that time.

The Shoemakers is a kind of play of visions, which draws predictions about the future of literature, art, politics, society, and the human condition. Paradoxically, Witkacy’s visions are surprisingly accurate in relation to today’s reality, testifying to the author’s astounding ability to diagnose very broadly the diseases of his time and the evils of the future. The play exhibits three social classes (bourgeois-capitalists, working-class, and aristocrats) and their flaws through the composition of three acts and the characters assigned to a particular class. Every act ends with a revolution that reverses the power relationship. The central theme of the play’s plot is the changes in social situations, roles, and individual personal status before and after the revolutions. Will those who were oppressed and now in power change anything after the revolution? On the other hand, maybe they will also suffer from the moral sickness of their oppressors? A closer look at Witkacy naturally raises a question: what kind of revolution awaits us?

The creation of the performance is partially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and LTKT (the Culture Council).

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Age limit: 16+


Gytis Ivanauskas

Deividas Breivė

Mantas Bendžius

Saulius Čiučelis

Augustė Šimulynaitė

Aistė Zabotkaitė

Saulė Sakalauskaitė

Marius Karolis Gotbergas

Motiejus Ivanauskas

Duration: 2 hours 30 min., with intermission.

Door opens before: 1 hours

Persons under 16 years of age are not admitted.

Free entrance for children: NO.

Permission to take photos, record: NO.

Organizer: Nacionalinis Kauno dramos teatras

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