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.
The Main Stage
Duration: 2 hours 50 minutes
Opening: October 12-13 and 17, 2012
The performance is shown with English surtitles.
More information is on the website www.dramosteatras.lt/en
Photographer Donatas Stankevičius
2012 Fortune Award (Lith. Fortūnos prizas)
2012 Golden Cross of the Stage Award (Lith. Auksinis scenos kryžiūs)
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