Nacionalinis Kauno dramos teatras

Aušra Marija Sluckaitė

The White Shroud

A two-act play

Number 87 is going down with the elevator. Up and down. Wandering through his cracky memories – the interwar Kaunas, High Panemunė, Vilnius.


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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

Awards

2012 Fortune Award (Lith. Fortūnos prizas)

2012 Golden Cross of the Stage Award (Lith. Auksinis scenos kryžiūs)

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