Youth theatre: TALES FROM THE VIENNA  WOODS director Yana Ross

Youth theatre: TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS director Yana Ross


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Austrian playwright Ödön von Horváth wrote The Tales from the Vienna Woods in 1931. The play depicts the origins of Nazism in the consciousness of German and Austrian people which prepared the soil for Hitler’s coming to power in 1933 and allowed Nazi Germany occupy Austria in 1939 without any resistance. Although interpreted in European theaters many times, the play is virtually unknown in Lithuania.


Director Yana Ross, who’s working at the Youth Theater for the first time, and playwright Mindaugas Nastaravičius are offering a different interpretation of the play: we are creating an adaptation, but the main themes of the play – nationalism, cultural traditions, and hypocrisy – will remain at the core of the performance. It’s a tragicomedy. The performance will provoke laughter, but at some point laughter can make you feel very uncomfortable...


Yana Ross: all his short and tragic life Horváth felt an impending disaster – be it his tragic death or the Nazis rising to power. Horváth had a premonition that fate would be ruthless to him and that he woud die young. He died under mysterious circumstances, killed by a broken tree branch in a storm. It happened in 1938, in Paris, where he had emigrated from Vienna to avoid persecution by the Nazis. What was it? Divine providence, fate or the artist’s intuition? It is particularly ironic that the first Humanist Manifesto (a light and positive approach to human cooperation, ethical and religious progress) was declared in the same year that Adolf Hitler came to power and became Chancellor of Nazi Germany. The premiere of The Tales from the Vienna Woods took place in Berlin two years earlier, in 1931. The play was an inconvenient artistic prophecy. Europe’s historical paradox – exalting humanism and at the same time allowing Nazism to prevail – is something we shouldn’t forget.


Director: Yana Ross

Cast: Matas Dirginčius, Sergejus Ivanovas, Irmantas Jankaitis, Aleksas Kazanavičius, Janina Matekonytė, Dalia Morozovaitė, Vidas Petkevičius, Aušra Pukelytė, Simonas Storpirštis, Dovilė Šilkaitytė, Paulina Taujanskaitė

Stage adaptation author: Yana Ross, Mindaugas Nastaravičius

Assistant Director, Interpreter: Saulė Norkutė, Goda Januškevičiūtė, Uršulė Bartoševičiūtė

Translator: Teodoras Četrauskas

Costume Designer: Juozas Valenta, Flore Vauvillé (France)

Scenographer: Justyna Elminowska (Poland)

Lighting Designer: Vilius Vilutis

Video Artist: Algirdas Gradauskas

Composer: Gintaras Sodeika


Paulina Taujanskaitė

Dovilė Šilkaitytė

Simonas Storpirštis

Aušra Pukelytė

Dalia Morozovaitė

Janina Matekonytė

Aleksas Kazanavičius

Irmantas Jankaitis

Sergejus Ivanovas

Matas Dirginčius

Vidas Petkevičius / Vytautas Anužis

Duration: 2 hours 50 min., 1 break.

Door opens before: 1 hours

Persons under 18 years of age are not admitted.

Free entrance for children: NO (No).

Permission to take photos, record: NO (No).

Organizer: Valstybinis jaunimo teatras

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