A comedy in two acts based on the play Khanuma
A rich merchant from Tiflis dreams of having his family marry into the aristocracy, to which end he plans to marry off his beautiful daughter Sona to the old Prince Pantiashvili. The Prince in his turn wants to fix his depressing financial situation by means of this marriage. The girl is in despair, for she loves Kote, the Prince’s nephew. The young lovers turn to Khanuma, a matchmaker famous in Avlabar, for help, since nothing is impossible for her…
Our Avlabar is a comedy of intrigue. Proud princes, energetic matchmakers, unhappy lovers… It has the spirit of old Tiflis and the paintings of Niko Pirosmani. Three hours of full-on fun and the humor, music and dances of Georgia.
Winner of the 2012 St. Petersburg Bronze Lion for Best Comedy.
The show’s cast is made up of Grigory Kozlov’s graduates from 2005 and 2010 and was staged by Aleksandr Kladko, who graduated from Kozlov’s directing course in 2001. In this manner, Our Avlabar is also a meeting of three theatrical generations raised by one master.
Premiered 7 September 2012.
Duration: 3 hours with one interval.
Recommended for audiences aged 12 and up.
Director: Aleksandr Kladko
Production Designer: Anna Markus
Costume Designer: Natalya Kornilova, Anna Markus
Composer: Tatyana Shalginova
Light Designer: Yuri Kapelyush
Choreography: Irina Lyakhovskaya
Dance Instructor: Nikolai Kuglyant
Sound Director: Ekaterina Nikolaeva
Stage Managers: Svetlana Povalyaeva, Alyona Parshina
Khanuma, a matchmaker – Yanina Bushina
Kabato, a matchmaker – Alla Danishevskaya, Oksana Skachkova
Prince Pantiashvili – Radik Galiullin
Kote, his nephew – Nikolai Kuglyant
Tekle, his sister – Elena Lapchenko
Timote, his servant – Konstantin Grishanov
Mikich, a merchant – Sergei Intyakov
Sona, his daughter – Alyona Artyomova
Akop, his counterman – Valentin Kuznetsov
Anush, his mother – Kseniya Morozova