The State Small Theatre of Vilnius, Vilinius, Lithuania, 1997
Author: Mikhail Yurevich Lermontov
Directed by Rimas Tuminas

about the production

Lermontov's play is regarded as a top masterpiece of Russian romantic drama, however, the Director Rimas Tuminas presented it in a non-traditionaI tragicomical version. He consistently desolemnizes the situations and the characters , and subjects them to ironical mockery. He moved the plot from the interiors of the palaces onto the Petersburg streets by night, governed by a snowstorm, carnival rave, flirting and childish games by men and women… The Director Tuminas, in his stage production, subjects a so called romantic hero type to a critical attack.


director: Rimas Tuminas
stage design: Adomas Jacovakis
costume design: Virginija Idzelyte
music: Faustas Latenas
translated by: Vytautas Blože
characters and cast:
Arbenin: Arvydas Dapšys, Nina: Adrija Čepaite, Knieža Zvjozdič: Vytautas Šapranauskas, Baronesa Strahl: Inga Burneikaite, Kazarin: Vytautas Grigolis, Šprich: Gedyminas Girdvainis, Cudzinec: Sigiras Račkys, Sluha: Andrius Žebrauskas and Jurate Brogaite, Egle Čekuolyte, Rasa Jakučionyte, Vilija Ramanauskaite, Larisa Kalpokaite, Jonas Braškys, Mindaugas Capas, Vilius Petrauskas, Almantas Šinkunas


Rimas Tuminas (1952) after graduating from the Directing Arts Department of the Lithuanian Drama and Music Academy and the Drama Direction Department of the Lunacharsky Theatre Academy in Moscow started working as a director at the Lithuanian State Drama Theatre. Since 1990 he's been a full-time director of the Small Theatre in Vilnius (Vilniaus Mažasis Teatras). He staged several plays in numerous both Lithuanian and foreign theatres.

Awards: 1991 – Grand Prix at the Baltic Spring lnternational Theatre Festival in Tallinn (Estonia) for Chekhov's Cherry Orchard, 1993 – Award for the best annual stage production of Chekhov's Uncie Vanya in Vaasa (Finland), 1994 Lithuanian National Premium for Chekhov's Cherry Orchard and Brecht's Galileo, 1994 – lcelandic National Premium for Chekhov's Seagull, 1997 - Grand Prix at the Kontakt lnternational Festival in Toruň (Poland) for Lermontov's Masquerade.

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