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Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Nathan the Wise

Two-act play

Gintaras Varnas
Set designer
Gintaras Makarevičius
Costume designer
Juozas Statkevičius
Puppet designer Julija Skuratova
Vidmantas Bartulis
Visual artist Rimas Sakalauskas
Cocreator Antanas Obcarskas
Vytautas Anužis
Dainius Svobonas
Vainius Sodeika
Arnas Ašmonas
Eglė Špokaitė
Eglė Grigaliūnaitė
Jovita Jankelaitytė
Vilija Grigaitytė
Saulius Čiučelis
Liubomiras Laucevičius
Sigitas Šidlauskas
Vaidas Maršalka
Gintautas Bejeris
Artūras Sužiedėlis
Andrius Gaučas
Dovydas Pabarčius

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Once upon a time in the Eastern lands there lived a man who had a magical ring. Whoever wore the ring was followed by God’s grace and glory. The ring was always passed from one generation to another to the most beloved son in the family. Once, however, it ended up in the hands of a man who had three sons whom he loved equally. The man could not make up his mind to whom he should give the ring. Before his death, he went to see the jeweller and asked him to make two more such rings. Then he secretly gave a ring to each of his sons and passed away. When the sons saw that all of them had rings, they began quarrelling and arguing. Which ring is the real one? Which two are worthless copies? Who is destined to become the chosen one?  Three religions – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – even nowadays try to prove that only one of them is true and fair.

Nathan the Wise, a utopian tale of the Age of Enlightenment (18th century), exalts the human mind and the power to make the world perfect and tries to convince us that three sons – three religions – can live in peace and harmony.

International sponsors: (Goethe-Institut, German Cultural Institute), Moses Mendelssohn Centre (Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum), the Embassy of Germany.

Opening – December 8, 9 and 29, 2017

Duration – 3 hours 30 minutes. With Intermission.

Main stage

The play is partially sponsored by the Lithuanian Council for Culture.



2018 Golden Stage Cross  2017 Award (Lith. Auksinis scenos kryžius) for actor Vytautas Anužis

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