Nacionalinis Kauno dramos teatras

Plays with surtitles: GHETTO (October 24th) and more

Welcome to the National Kaunas Drama Theatre.

Our most eminent plays, shown with English surtitles in the Main Stage, are waiting for you.

October 24, 6.00 PM

With English surtitles

Joshua Sobol

Ghetto

 Director Gintaras Varnas

 

World War II. Nazi-occupied Lithuania has become a death trap for Jews. Men, women, and children are imprisoned in ghettos and the only way out leads to a pit in the ground. “Ghetto” is a story of how people imprisoned in the Vilna Ghetto came up with a unique idea – establishing a ghetto theater, which even in the face of death became their beacon of inner strength and resistance against the Nazi. This is a drama about their collective fight for physical and spiritual survival, even when they knew that the enemy was a hundred times stronger. “Ghetto” also tells the story of those who were holding the guns and trading shoes of their victims among themselves. Never before had Lithuania seen so many pits in the ground and so many spare shoes as in 1941.

Duration – 3.30

The Main Hall

More: http://dramosteatras.lt/en/spektaklis/ghetto/

November 13,  6:00 PM

With English surtitles

Based on the works of Federico García Lorca and Luigi Pirandello

Sombras

Director Gintaras Varnas

Two-act play

Sombras (Shadows) is an experiment directed by Gintaras Varnas and is a reflection on the meaning of theater and its value. It encouradges a discussion about theater art and the artist that is seeking an unattainable truth. This dramaturgic collage consists of texts by Spanish poet and playwright F.G. Lorca, as well as excerpts from the play “Six Characters in Search of an Author” by Italian playwright Luigi Pirandello. This play is an intellectual journey into the theater world, where magic and everyday life, reality and mysticism, real world and illusion, lies and truth, life and death intertwine. The theater is the realm of props, cardboard castles, fake landscapes, dolls and masks. The theater is a safe haven from life’s cataclysms, assault and revolutions. The theater is a place of authentic tragedies and battles. The theater is a labyrinth of darkness where only the shadows of the characters wander, waiting in anticipation for their next incarnation. The theater is a space that gives a poetic meaning to love, crime, war. The theater gives metaphysics to physics. The theater is what seduces, frightens, and causes boredom for us. The theater is a knife, half submerged in a dream, but cutting all the way through to the depths of existence.

Duration – 3.40

The Main Hall

More: http://dramosteatras.lt/en/spektaklis/sombras-2/

November 17,  6:00 PM

With English surtitles

Wiliam Shakespeare

Hamlet

 Two-act play

Director Vidas Bareikis

Many directors have tried to recreate Hamlet on stage, today the play became a synonym for the theatre. Each generation has a different answer to the question of existence.

Hamlet’s personality in director’s Vidas Bareikis play is neither that of a romantic hero nor of an idealist. He is just a man looking for the truth. His feelings are real ranging from love and hectic revenge to mourning, rage and desperation. All the emotions create a real human being with all possible colors and shades. Perhaps that is the reason which makes the play so relevant after hundreds of years.

The play is a part of Vidas Bareikis’ beloved initiative “Theatre in the Theatre”. This initiative treats theatre like a shining light that helps to see what is hidden behind shadows – author’s intentions, his dualistic personality, existance itself and everything what happens in or outside the theatre. Hamlet thinks of the theatre as the last institution of justice and raises the question why we are so influenced by our environment? Can our lives be more meaningful? What does duty mean? Why just a few of us have the courage to break the boundaries of limitation?

Duration – 3.30

The Main Hall

More: http://dramosteatras.lt/en/spektaklis/hamlet/

 

November  24,  6:00 PM

With English surtitles

 The White Shroud

 Director Jonas Jurašas

Two-act play

 

This play is a dramatization of the novel The White Shroud by exodus writer Antanas Škėma (1910-1961).

Number 87 takes down the elevator. Up and down. He is wandering through his cracky memories in places of the inter war Kaunas, High Panemunė and Vilnius. The 87th poet, Antanas Garšva, having no opportunity to vow to his creative work and achieve immortality of his soul, is forced to carry out a Sisyphean-like lift-operator’s work in the biggest hotel in New York. His fragmented consciousness is haunted by homesickness, and sometimes images of women whom he loved. Garšva rejects love, ruptures human relationships, remains lonely in the cage of an elevator, but he still lives in desire of hope fruition.

Mr. Garšva as a cog in a huge machine is recklessly looking for self-actualization. He discards all his illusions and keeps to himself his poetry. However, a creative giddiness and desperate efforts to discover the truth brings suffering.

Duration – 2.50

The Main Hall

More: http://dramosteatras.lt/en/spektaklis/the-white-shroud/

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