1 Narodnaya Ulitsa,
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Administrative Director
Mikhail Barsegov
Deputy Director
Alexander Ryazantsev
The St. Petersburg Masterskaya Theatre Repertoire


Venedikt Erofeev

A poem in two acts

The protagonist of this scenic poem, Venichka Erofeev, is an extraordinary and well-educated man, an outstanding humanitarian and, at the same time, a drunk traveling on a train from Moscow to Petushki to visit his beloved. On the way there he drinks so much alcohol with his fellow travelers that he completely loses his sense of time and space...

Special Prize from the jury of the Proryv Award for Youth (Evgeni Perevalov for the role of Venechka)

With every drink Venichka has the train strays off its typical route and travels not just to the outskirts of Moscow but stops in other countries, visits past and future centuries and even goes to parallel worlds and dimensions. Among Venichka’s traveling companions we find intellectuals, holyfools and the downtrodden, as well as Pushkin, Turgenev, Hegel, Goethe with his Faust, Beethoven, Pergolesi, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt and even the Decembrists – the entirety of humanity’s cultural memory. The “conversations” that he has with these travelers are the true path of a character lost in life, tired of his desolation and abandonment, exhausted from the need to eternally “drown” his lingering misery. And through it all, love appears as yet another mirage, as yet another illusion of the meaning of life – a sometimes real, sometimes ghostly woman waiting at the final stop of this overextended route.

The premiere took place on February 13th, 2013.
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. Recommended for audiences 18 and up.

Created – Grigory Kozlov, Evgeni Perevalov, Alyona Artyomova
Actors – Evgeni Perevalov, Alyona Artyomova
Artistic Director of the Production – Grigory Kozlov