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Jonas Jurašas

Director

Jonas Jurašas was born on 19 June 1936. In 1964, he graduated from the Lunacharsky State Institute for Theatre Arts (GITIS, currently the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts ) in Moscow. He directed plays in the Lithuanian Russian Drama Theatre, Šiauliai Drama Theatre and the Lithuanian Drama Theatre. From 1967 to 1972 he was the senior director of Kaunas Drama Theatre (ruled out because of political motives). The majority of plays, directed in Lithuania, were banned or shown after censorship. In 1974, Jurašas emigrated and lived in Austria, Germany and later in the USA. He directed plays in theatres in the USA, Japan, Belgium, Germany and Canada. From 1990 to 1992 he directed plays in Kaunas Drama Theatre. The director is also the visiting professor in higher education schools in the USA and Canada.


The Most Important Works in Theatre

2014
Barbara (Lith. Barbora) based on the play Barbora Radvilaitė by J. Grušas
National Kaunas Drama Theatre
2012
The White Shroud (Lith. Balta drobulė) by Aušra Marija Sluckaitė
National Kaunas Drama Theatre
2011
The Purge (Lith. Apsivalymas) by Sofi Oksanen
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
2010
Antigone in Siberia (Lith. Antigonė Sibire) by Aušra Marija Sluckaitė
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
2009
Doubt: A Parable (Lith. Dvejonė) by John Patrick Shanley
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
2007
Orfeo ed Euridice (Lith. Orfėjas ir Euridikė) by Christoph Willibald Gluck
Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
2006
The Memory Garden (Lith. Atminties sodas) by Rebecca Ritchie
Sarasota, USA
2000
The Bear (Lith. Lokys) by Bronius Kutavičiu
Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
1997
Jewish Stories Paris Brussels (Lith. Žydiškos istorijos: Paryžius-Briuselis) by Jean Claude Grumberg and Serge Kribus
Ubu Repertory Theater in New York, USA
Aida by Giuseppe Verdi
Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre
1993
Death and the Maiden (Lith. Mirtis ir mergelė) by Ariel Dorfman
The Canadian Stage Company in Toronto
1992
Death and the Maiden (Lith. Mirtis ir mergelė) by Ariel Dorfman
Kaunas State Academic Drama Theatre
1991
Mountain Language (Lith. Kalnų kalba) by Harold Pinter
Kaunas State Academic Drama Theatre
1990
Sand Claviers (Lith. Smėlio klavyrai) by Aušra Marija Sluckaitė
State Academic Kaunas Drama Theatre
1989
The Idiot (Lith. Idiotas) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Trinity Square Repertory Theater in Providence, USA
The Idiot (Lith. Idiotas) by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Dallas Theater Centre in Dallas, JAV
1986
Chorister and Vagrant (Lith. Choristė ir perėjūnas) by Anton Chekhov and Vladimir Nabokov
Gasteig Cultural Center, Black Box hall in Munich, Germany
Princess Maleine (Lith. Princesė Malena) by Maurice Maeterlinck
Dutch National Theater in Ghent
1984
Three Sisters (Lith. Trys seserys) by Anton Chekhov
Tadashi Suzuki Company, International Togo Festival, Japan
Three Sisters (Lith. Trys seserys) by Anton Chekhov
Tadashi Suzuki Company, International Togo Festival, Japan
1981
Zekai by Maria Rasa
Theater for the New City in New York
The Deceived Noble Man (Lith. Kilnusis apgautas vyras) by Fernand Crommelynck
Yale Repertory Company in New Haven, USA
1980
The Suicide (Lith. Savižudis) by Nikolaj Erdman
Theatre Anta Repertory Company in Broadway, New York
1979
Endgame (Lith. Lošimo pabaiga) by Samuel Beckett
Trinity Square Repertory Theater in Providence, USA
1978
A Walk in the Moonlight (Lith. Pasivaikščiojimas mėnesienoje) by Juozas Glinskis
Theater for the New City, New York
1977
Macbeth (Lith. Makbetas) by William Shakespeare
Theatre La Mama e.t.c, New York
1976
East West (Lith. Rytai-Vakarai) by Andrei Amalrik
Hartman Conservatory Theater in Stamford, USA
1972
Barbora Radvilaitė by Juozas Grušas
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
1971
Macbeth (Lith. Makbetas) by William Shakespeare
Theatre Sovremennik in Moscow, Russia
Mother Earth (Lith. Motinos laukas) by Chinghiz Aitmatov
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
The Bolsheviks (Lith. Bolševikai) by Mikhail Shatrov
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
1970
House of Threat (Lith. Grasos namai) by Juozas Glinskis
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
1968
Duel (Lith. Dvikova) by Mar Baidzhiev
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Molière (Lith. Moljeras) by Michail Bulgakov
Kaunas State Drama Theatre
Mammoth Hunt (Lith. Mamutų medžioklė) by Kazys Saja
State Kaunas Drama Theatre
1967
Tango by Sławomir Mrożek
Kaunas State Academic Drama Theatre
A Warsaw Melody (Lith. Varšuvos melodija) by Leonid Zorin
Kaunas State Academic Drama Theatre
1966
Look, Europe (Lith. Žiūrėk, Europa) by Arkadi Arkanov and Grigorij Gorin
Šiauliai Drama Theatre
1963
The Assignment (Lith. Paskyrimas) by Aleksandr Volodin
Russian Drama Theatre of Lithuania

Festivals

2009
Vilnius Opera Festival / Amilcare Ponchielli “Lithuanians” (Lith. “Lietuviai”)

Awards

2016
2nd degree Santaka Badge of Honor of Kaunas City Municipality
Badge of Honor of LR Ministry of Culture Carry your Light and Believe (Lith. Nešk savo šviesą ir tikėk)
2015
Fortune Award of Thanks (Lith. Padėkos Fortūna) for achievements in Lithuanian theatre
2011
Fortune Award of Thanks for achievements in Lithuanian theatre and for directing the play Antigone in Siberia by Aušra Marija Sluckaitė
2009
National Culture and Art Award (Lith. Nacionalinė kultūros ir meno premija) for the modern language at the theatre and the return of the legend to contemporary Lithuania

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