A Gentle Creature

A Gentle Creature. The St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

A fantastical story in one act

 

“…Picture a husband whose wife is lying on a table, a wife who threw herself from a window in their house just hours before. He’s confused and hasn’t gathered his thoughts. He walks through his rooms and tries to make sense of what’s happened, “to put all his thoughts in order”…” His thoughts become jumbled, self-accusations become self-justifications, pain gives way to fury and anger turns into despair. If only he could turn back time! But that is impossible…

 

This work has a rich theatrical biography. Many people remember Lev Dodin’s production in the Bolshoi Dramatic Theatre with Oleg Borisov in the lead role, a production that went down in history as one of the best of the late 20th century.

 

This directorial debut by one of Grigory Kozlov’s protégées was made in the best tradition of psychological theatre. Gavryushkin consciously removed the cosmic setting from the show. He’s staged not a tragedy but a drama. It’s a private, chamber, family story. And yet it is eternal: about the struggle between men and women, about the collision of two worlds that are polar opposites, of two people with wounded self-esteem. About people made for each other but he are unable or unwilling to realize it. About a lost opportunity for love and salvation…

 

Premiered 25 September 2010.

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes with no interval.

 

The production was made with the support of the Bely Theatre.

 

 

Winner of the Best Actor Award at the Festival of Shows Based on Dostoyevsky’s Works (Staraya Russa) and participant of the ArtOkraina Festival (St. Petersburg).

Production team:

Adapted for the stage and directed by Andrei Gavryushkin

Production and Costume Design – Vasiliy Semenov, Natalya Grosheva

Light Design – Aleksandr Ryazantsev

Composer and Pianist – Maxim Studenovsky

Cast:

He – Andrei Gavryushkin

She – Polina Vorobyova

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