Season 100 premiere SOMBRAS (director G. Varnas)
National Kaunas Drama Theater is celebrating its 100th creative season and invites to the premiere of Sombras directed by Gintaras Varnas to commemorate this anniversary. It is a joint creative project of NKDT and Utopia Theater.
Based on the works of Federico Garcia Lorca and Luigi Pirandello, the play-reflection explores the nature of theater, the relationship between lies and truth in it, and what theater is today. Also quoting his earlier works, director Varnas reflects on his creative path. About what the performance is bold and relevant – in conversation with the director.
Sombras (Shadows) is an experiment directed by Gintaras Varnas and is a reflection on the meaning of theater and its value. It encourages 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.
Based on the works of Federico García Lorca and Luigi Pirandello
Director Gintaras Varnas
Set designer Julia Skuratova
Costume Designer Juozas Valenta
Actors Dainius Svobonas,Vaidas Maršalka, Vytautas Anužis, Vilija Grigaitytė, Jovita Jankelaitytė, Saulius Čiučelis, Jūratė Onaitytė, Albinas Budnikas, Liubomiras Laucevičius, Sigitas Šidlauskas, Gytis Laskovas, Ričardas Vitkaitis, Audronė Paškonytė, Dovydas Pabarčius, Pijus Narijauskas, Daiva Rudokaitė, Andrius Alešiūnas, Gintautas Bejeris, Inga Mikutavičiūtė, Martyna Gedvilaitė, Aistė Zabotkaitė, Robertas Petraitis, Mantas Pauliukonis, Matas Sigliukas, Milė Šablauskaitė, Eglė Grigaliūnaitė, Liucija Rukšnaitytė.
A two-act play
Opening: September 6,7, 8th. The Main Stage
Together with the UTOPIA theater
The play is sponsored by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania
Donatas Stankevičius photos
Director Gintaras Varnas