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19 Apr 18 Jun

THE REUNIFICATION OF THE TWO KOREAS

18+
Didžioji scena
April 19th – June 18th

THE REUNIFICATION OF THE TWO KOREAS

18+

Didžioji scena

April 19th – June 18th

Director Artūras Areima

Costume designer Valdemara Jasulaityte

Set designer Oles Makukhin

Composer Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis

Video artist Kristijonas Dirsė


In the play the french playwright Joël Pommerat explores the feeling of love, combining the curiosity of a scientist and the passion of an artist. The director Artūras Areima is taking over this playful game. The performance features fragmented stories about a variety of colours and manifestations of love/lovelessness. Sometimes love is comic, sometimes melodramatic, banal, ironic, absurd, surreal, or as complicated as the relationship between two hostile states. On the field of love, battles are fought, destinies are shattered, the most delicate nuances of feelings are stirred, and everybody is striving for the impossible -
the perfect fulfilment of love. But perfection is hardly possible, because lovelessness, indifference, loss and disappointment are just different stages of the same emotion. This collage of moments and random dialogues wittily lampoons the clichés of relationships taken from literature, cinema and television.

Actors: Andrius Alešiūnas; Arnas Ašmonas; Mantas Bendžius; Eugenija Bendoriūtė; Deividas Breivė; Tomas Erbrėderis; Martyna Gedvilaitė; Vilija Grigaitytė; Motiejus Ivanauskas; Liubomiras Laucevičius; Gytis Laskovas; Kamilė Lebedytė; Vaidas Maršalka; Pijus Narijauskas; Miglė Navasaitytė; Inesa Paliulytė; Goda Petkutė; Monika Poderytė; Dainius Svobonas; Sigitas Šidlauskas; Ugnė Žirgulė; Ridas Žirgulis.
20–30 Apr

THE RUNAWAY HARE

A play for children 5+
Mažoji scena
April 20th–30th

THE RUNAWAY HARE

A play for children 5+

Mažoji scena

April 20th–30th

Based on the book The Fox and Overshoes by Liudvikas Jakimavičius

Director: Agnė Sunklodaitė

Set and costume designer: Ramunė Skrebūnaitė

Composer: Deividas Gnedinas

Actors: Saulius Čiučelis, Artūras Sužiedėlis, Henrikas Savickis, Inga Mikutavičiūtė, Ridas Žirgulis, Ugnė Žirgulė

Duration – 1 hour

A funny and playful play presents a very serious topic – emigration and love for the homeland. The hare Bernadetas, a small businessman, decides to emigrate from his home forest to Vilnius. On his way, he meets friends with the same fate, emigrants from the Petruška farm: the pig Kleopatra, the dog Cezaris and the goat Makedonas. How was their journey? Did they find the city of dreams friendly? You will find all the answers if you come to watch the play. It can be perceived both as a playful and funny fairy tale for kids and a grotesque parabola of modern times for adults. The play perfectly fits various tastes. Actors not only act on the stage but also communicate with the audience, ask to join the play and at the same time personify various characters and sing on the stage.

24 Apr 12 May

THE VISIT

Two-act play (Agel limit:12+)
Didžioji scena
April 24th – May 12th

THE VISIT

Two-act play (Agel limit:12+)

Didžioji scena

April 24th – May 12th

Director: Aidas Giniotis

Set designer: Laura Luišaitytė

Composer: Ignas Juzokas

Actors: Jūratė Onaitytė , Liubomiras Laucevičius,  Egidijus Stancikas,  Dainius Svobonas,  Albinas Budnikas,  Saulius Čiučelis, Tomas Erbrėderis,  Martyna Gedvilaitė,  Eugenija Bendoriūtė,  Pijus Narijauskas,  Ugnė Žirgulė,  Dovydas Pabarčius, Audronė Paškonytė,  Henrikas Savickis,  Artūras Sužiedėlis,  Ridas Žirgulis,  Gintautas Bejeris,  Elžbieta Banaitytė, Ula Dekerytė.

Duration – 2 hours 50 minutes (with intermission)

The small, impoverished town of the province, where the factories have been out of service for a long time and there are no trains carrying important passengers, is visited by the fabulously rich lady Clara. This town is a place where she grew up, but one day left and returned after more than four decades. The multimillionaire Clara, who can financially support the townspeople, is the last hope to restore the town’s prosperity. The old lady agrees to donate one billion francs, but with one condition – justice must be restored in the town by killing one man who broke her heart when she was young. At first, the townspeople are outraged by the fact considering that they live in a cultural European country which was visited by Goethe and where Brams created his quartets. But the rich lady agrees to wait and gradually the position of people begins to change. They begin to spend more money, seek entertainment and behave as if the agreement to kill the man has been made and one billion francs have been granted.

“The Visit” is a play, which brought the swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990) worldwide fame. The writer believed that the time of tragedies passed and only the comedy could define the tragedy of life nowadays. Dürrenmatt can make one laugh and cry, guffaw and get horrified, like a clown, which demonstrates fascinating tricks on the brink of the abyss.

The Main Hall

25 Apr Several
sessions

ASKELADDEN AND THE SHIP THAT WENT ON LAND AND SEA

Interaktyvus spektaklis
Repeticijų salė
Thursday, den April. 25th 2024
Sold out

ASKELADDEN AND THE SHIP THAT WENT ON LAND AND SEA

Interaktyvus spektaklis

Repeticijų salė

Thursday, den April. 25th 2024

Sold out
25–26 Apr

UKMERGĖJE Babelio bokštas

Epinis interaktyvus nuotykis 13-16 m. jaunuoliams
UKMERGĖS KC
April 25th & 26th

UKMERGĖJE Babelio bokštas

Epinis interaktyvus nuotykis 13-16 m. jaunuoliams

UKMERGĖS KC

April 25th & 26th

27 Apr 25 May

THE ONE AND ONLY EMIL

A performance for 8-12-year old children
Ilgoji salė
April 27th – May 25th
Sold out

THE ONE AND ONLY EMIL

A performance for 8-12-year old children

Ilgoji salė

April 27th – May 25th

Director: Augustas Gornatkevičius

Movement director: Gintarė Šmigelskytė

Set and costume designer: Simona Davlidovičiūtė

Composer: Mantvydas Leonas Pranulis

Playwright: Daiva Čepauskaitė

Actors: Greta Šepliakovaitė, Andrius Alešiūnas, Marius Karolis Gotbergas, Povilas Jatkevičius, Dovydas Pabarčius

The creation of the performance was inspired by the famous Emil from Astrid Lindgren’s book Emil of Lönneberga. He’s constantly playing pranks and carving funny wooden people while sitting in a woodshed as a punishment. However, all of us have played pranks and made mistakes in our childhood, right? Troublemakers and adventure seekers can be found in each yard, street or classroom. Sometimes they grow to become city mayors or even presidents. Director Augustas Gornatkevičius and the actors of the National Kaunas Drama Theatre have created a performance based on their childhood adventures and their mistakes that teach us how to live and evoke our creativity. Emil of Emils is speeding on roller-skates and inviting to adventures as well as to rejoice, to try and discover new things, and to do parkour.

A performance for 8-12-year-old children

Duration – 1:30

The Long Hall

Sold out
27 Apr 12 Jun

WHEN WE ARE YOUNG

One-act comedy play
Rūtos salė
April 27th – June 12th
Sold out

WHEN WE ARE YOUNG

One-act comedy play

Rūtos salė

April 27th – June 12th

Director – Aleksandras Špilevojus

Playwright – Daiva Čepauskaitė

Set and costume designer – Ugnė Tamoliūnaitė

Actors: Vilija Grigaitytė, Liubomiras Laucevičius, Jūratė Onaitytė, Inesa Paliulytė, Audronė Paškonytė, Algirdas Pintukas, Liucija Rukšnaitytė, Lili Stepankaitė.

Everyone tries to delay it, avoid it, or outrun it. Some people ignore it, while others try to overcome it with the latest scientific innovations, and still, others mock it. No one eagerly awaits it, but it inexorably arrives. It often catches us unprepared because, throughout our lives, we assume it is distant, that it belongs to others, and that it will somehow miraculously bypass us. Yet, it comes and lingers, transforming us into individuals who find themselves undeservedly on the fringes of society. It is the merciless old age.

Premiering at the National Kaunas Drama Theatre and directed by Aleksandras Špilevojus, this story centres around the often forgotten, undervalued, mocked and discriminated against group of elderly people. It delves into the lives of those whose experiences are priceless treasures, individuals who carry more memories than future plans. This narrative prompts reflection on our present and our elderly future. As the French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir once said, “If we do not know who we will become, we cannot know who we are now.” To prevent old age from becoming a frightening and shameful taboo, it is essential that we engage in open conversations about it.

A colourful group of seniors gathers for the funeral of their old friend. They have much to catch up on, much to discuss, yet very little time. This comedic performance brims with humour, memories of youth and talented actors from the older generation.

Sold out
7–8 May

THE WARD

One-act play (Age limit:14+)
Ilgoji salė
May 7th & 8th
Sold out

THE WARD

One-act play (Age limit:14+)

Ilgoji salė

May 7th & 8th

Author: Anton Chekhov

Director: Rolandas Kazlas

Set and costume designer: Neringa Keršulytė

Actors: Rolandas Kazlas, Liubomiras Laucevičius, Dainius Svobonas, Ričardas Vitkaitis, Artūras Sužiedėlis, Raimonda Šukytė, Lili Stepankaitė, Arūnas Stanionis

Duration – 1:50 h

The play is based on Anton Chekhov’s stories The Ward No. 6 and The Black Monk. The play focuses on the fateful meeting of a doctor and a patient. Both are interested in and troubled by fundamental questions of human existence, faith or disbelief, life, death and immortality. How to live? What to choose? Whether to stay as a part of a shallow and lousy society or step back to the loneliness and live in the world of fantasies, ideas and even hallucinations? Whether to sensitively react to the environment or keep to the philosophical world view where the feeling of satisfaction can be found only in yourself? What is wellness and where does the illness start? What is the difference between the theory and the real life? Is the ward a prison or a citadel or lee which could it be a place to get better, where a person finds the inner-self again? These are the questions and topics that set apart and bring back together the heroes of the play. The ward and its only habitant attracts doctor Ragin like a magnet. Visits to the patient become more and more frequent…

Sold out
8 May

EARTH

One-part drama based on the novel by Olga Kobylianska
Didžioji scena
Wednesday, 8/05/2024 18:00

EARTH

One-part drama based on the novel by Olga Kobylianska

Didžioji scena

Wednesday, 8/05/2024 18:00


Director  – Ivan Uryvskyi (Ukraina)

Set designer  – Petro Bogomazov (Ukraina)

Costume designer  – Tetiana Ovsiichuk (Ukraina)

Actors: Saulius Čiučelis, Martyna Gedvilaitė, Vaidas Maršalka, Audronė Paškonytė, Kęstutis Povilaitis, Agnieška Ravdo


The Earth is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the classic literature of Ukraine and their modern interpretation in the theatre. A team of Ukrainian artists from Kiev presents a production of the novel by Olha Kobylianska (1863-1942) at the National Kaunas Drama Theatre. The play tells an intriguing story about family, their love and betrayal, war and death, parent-child relations and other eternal human themes are intertwined in a play. The novel is based on a true tragedy in the village of Dymtsi - a brother kills his elder brother in order to inherit his parents' land. Although The Earth is set in a Ukrainian village in the 19th and 20th centuries, the biblical story of the first crime of mankind - fratricide - is universal at all times and in all parts of the world. The earth nourishes man, sustains life, provides a home, determines the characters' place in the community and their perception of the world. The earth is a force that dictates man's will, it punishes and educates and destroys. The earth is the element that kills and is still being killed for today. The earth is the main character who determines the fate of us all.
9–11 May

LANDSCAPES OF ČIURLIONIS: THE SEA

Sensory interactive performance based on the works of M.K. Čiurlionis
Mažoji salė
May 9th–11th

LANDSCAPES OF ČIURLIONIS: THE SEA

Sensory interactive performance based on the works of M.K. Čiurlionis

Mažoji salė

May 9th–11th

Director: Milda Mičiulytė

Actors: Deividas Breivė, Miglė Navasaitytė

The sea was a symbol of freedom, love, strength and creative drive for our great genius of music and painting M.K. Čiurlionis. It provided inspiration, awakened the imagination, and stirred the creative powers. He depicted it in his canvases, musical works, and wrote poetic impressions about it. Director Milda Mičiulytė and NKDT actors Miglė Navasaitytė and Deividas Breivė invite the audience to an interactive performance of the senses, where music, text and sounds merge into a seamless flight of imagination. You can wander through Čiurlionis' paintings, wade in the sea even when you are in the dark, when you can't see anything. With the help of various sounds, you will create your own symphony of the sea, listen to Čiurlionis' music and texts, and experience how many images sound can open up. 
 

The performance is also suitable for the visually impaired. 

9 May 22 Jun

PANIC

Two-act play (Age limit 18+)
Rūtos salė
May 9th – June 22nd

PANIC

Two-act play (Age limit 18+)

Rūtos salė

May 9th – June 22nd

Author: Mika Myllyaho

Director: Kamilė Gudmonaitė

Set and costume designer: Barbora Šulniūtė

Video artists: Ridas Beržauskas, Barbora Šulniūtė, Jonas Litvinas

Actors: Mantas Zemleckas (Max), Vaidas Maršalka (Johnny), Gytis Laskovas (Leo)

Duration  –  2 hours 15 minutes (with intermission)

The play Panic directed by Kamilė Gudmonaitė, based on the dramatical piece Panic by Mika Myllyaho, a contemporary Finnish playwright. The play invites the spectators to step into a provocative and realistic urban universe where contemporary men go through real and imaginary crises. This intelligent and incisive comedy tells the story of three friends who are trying to cope with their lives.

Following eastern practices and adhering to psychotherapy principles, the men embark on an absurd, comical, and intense journey of self-cognition, revealing the problematics of masculinity as a social stamp. What are the challenges faced by men today? What do society and family expect of them? What are the requirements imposed on them by this era? What neuroses lurk behind the exterior of a cool and domineering breadwinner? Director Kamilė Gudmonaitė challenges the “normalcy” stereotypes produced by society and presents a slightly absurd comedy, which nonetheless discloses considerable tensions of contemporary social life.

 

Opening – December 18, 19, and 20, 2019

 

Rūta’s Hall.  Age limit: 18+

The play translation was sponsored by TINFO (Theatre Info Finland)

Text copyright belongs to NORDIC DRAMA CORNER OY

Attention! During the performance, uncensored speech, imagery, and certain smells are used.

The play is sponsored by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania

11 May

The Tempest

Didžioji scena
Saturday, 11/05/2024 15:00

The Tempest

Didžioji scena

Saturday, 11/05/2024 15:00

William Shakespeare

The director – Peeter Jalakas

The playwright – Taavi Eelmaa

The scenographer and costume designer – Kristel Zimmer

Composers  – Gavin Bryars and Yuri Bryars

The video director and scenographer – Emer Värk

Translated from English by Tomas Venclova.

The cast: Artūras Sužiedėlis, Henrikas Savickis, Dainius Svobonas, Ričardas Vitkaitis, Arūnas Stanionis, Ridas Žirgulis, Gintautas Bejeris, Agnieszka  Ravdo, Martyna Gedvilaitė, Mantas Bendžius, Deividas Breivė, Motiejus Ivanauskas, Kamilė Lebedytė.

“The Tempest” – one of the latest dramatic works by W. Shakespeare, staged many times in various places in Lithuania. Written in the XVII century, this tragicomedy reflects the disappointment of the ideal of humanism and connects reality with the magic and fantasy elements of fairy tales. On a distant nameless island live the outcasts – a wizard and an artist, Prospero, with his daughter Miranda. Prospero controls the elements of nature, evil and good spirits. He seeks revenge on his enemies, who once made him run away from Milan and took his duke throne. Using spells, he stirs up a tempest in the sea, in which the enemies’ ship is sailing, breaks it, and flings away the crew to the same island. Once the enemies are lured, Prospero chooses forgiveness.

“The Tempest” is one of the few works by W. Shakespeare with a happy ending.

Peeter Jalakas, an Estonian director and avant-gardist, creates a modern and theatrical show where live theatre and modern technologies are merged, employing the exotic surroundings of the island. The director offers a unique interpretation - he proposes to look at the inhabitants of the nameless island as the beginning of a new, more perfect, better humanity. The audiences are invited to try to imagine a future in which the roles of mythological creatures, spirits, and nymphs are taken over by artificial intelligence. This interpretation questions Prospero's forgiveness and nobility, it emphasises the lack of human essence. The ending is happy, but did human kind had contributed to it?

 

12 May

POSTMAN AND CURRANTS

A performance for 6-10-year-old children
Mažoji scena
Sunday, 12/05/2024 15:00
Sold out

POSTMAN AND CURRANTS

A performance for 6-10-year-old children

Mažoji scena

Sunday, 12/05/2024 15:00

by Dovilė Zavedskaitė

Director: Eglė Kižaitė

Set and costume designer: Laura Luišaitytė

Composer: Pijus Narijauskas

Actors: Mantas Bendžius, Tomas Erbrėderis, Kamilė Lebedytė

Duration- 1 hour

Postman and Currants is a performance for 5-10-year-old children, based on the book of the same name by Dovilė Zavedskaitė. Sometimes a pipe bursts at home and water floods the whole floor of the bathroom. Sometimes dad’s good mood disappears. The world is not perfect, but if you don’t just sit around without lifting a finger, you can change something. You can write letters. Letters connect people. And together people can do many great things. Let’s talk, communicate, unite, and become friends – then the world will become a better place to live.

A performance for 6-10-year-old children

Sold out
14–15 May

Schooler

One-act performance for teenagers (Age limit: 14+)
Rūtos salė
May 14th & 15th

Schooler

One-act performance for teenagers (Age limit: 14+)

Rūtos salė

May 14th & 15th

Director: Augustas Gornatkevičius

Set designer: Simona Davlidovičiūtė

Dramaturgy: Domas Raibys

Projection designer: Kristijonas Dirsė

Composer: Marija Paškevičiūtė

Movement director: Gintarė Šmigelskytė

Actors: Mantas Bendžius, Saulė Sakalauskaitė, Marius Karolis Gotbergas, Pijus Narijauskas, Goda Petkutė, Greta Šepliakovaitė

 

The performance for teenagers “Schooler” was inspired by the 1985 American cult film “The Breakfast Club”. Director Augustas Gornatkevičius, the creative team, and the National Kaunas Drama Theatre’s young actors created an original version where five teenagers try to find answers to their questions. Who am I? What is the meaning of life? Usually, it is hard even for adults to find the answers. Teenagers have more time and willingness to dig deeper; however, this desire is often suppressed – “you’ll grow up and see”, “stay in your shoes”, “be the person we want to see you as”. The performance delves into the world of adolescents and attempts to challenge prevailing stereotypes. The media and society often portray teenagers in a biased way, imposing stereotypes or behavioural patterns on them: geek, beauty, athlete, artist, etc. “Who I truly am?” the characters of the performance ask – five teenagers trapped in the school’s basement – trying to free themselves from the pressure of parents, teachers and society and to throw off the masks that have been put on them.

 

School – purgatory – rules… Is it a place where we learn, a place where our sinful souls are purged, a place where you have to follow certain rules and where you will be prepared for life? The school’s basement becomes a surreal place where dreams, authorities, characters from childhood tales and read books wander all around.

 

16 May

The Mother and the Genie

Rūtos salė
Thursday, 16/05/2024 14:00

The Mother and the Genie

Rūtos salė

Thursday, 16/05/2024 14:00

Based on the book, this classroom performance explores a mother’s alcoholism through the 

fantasies of a little girl, avoiding the factual reality. As we move through the child’s story, 

more important is her abandonment and the imaginary world into which she transposes her 

everyday problems. This is how it happens that in the story there are genies (in Hungarian, 

it’s a homonym with ’gin’, the alcohol) who abduct the mother in the evenings. 

Káva Drama Theatre in Education Association (founded in 1996) creates complex Theater in Education and Drama in Education programs for students of public education, from age 6 to 18. The repertoire addresses both current social issues and more general philosophical and ethical questions. Our work is about raising questions, consciously not attempting to answer them. Beyond aesthetic education, the examination of democratic citizenship, micro- and macro-social, moral problems through theatrical forms also belong to our function. In our work with children and youngsters theatre is a tool to discover a road to understand a certain human problematic on a deeper level. 

Duration 90 min.  

Recommended age: 12 years old and up.  

 

17–18 May

DORIAN

One-part performance based on the motifs of the life and art of Oscar Wilde (Age14+)
Didžioji scena
May 17th & 18th

DORIAN

One-part performance based on the motifs of the life and art of Oscar Wilde (Age14+)

Didžioji scena

May 17th & 18th

Author: Darryl Pinckney

Director stage and lighting designer: Robert Wilson

Co-director: Anna-Christine Rommen

Author of music and songs: Christian Friedel

Associate set designer: Stephanie Engeln

Costume designer: Jacques Reynaud

Associate Lighting: Marcello Lumaca

Hair and Makeup Design: Manu Halligan

Video artist: Tomek Jeziorski

Assistant of the costume designer: Birutė Jašinskaitė

Assistant of the Associate Ligtning: Džiugas Vakrinas

Assistant director: Aivaras Micius

Stage managers: Edita Laurinaitienė, Asta Mačiulytė

Actors: Dainius Svobonas, Mantas Zemleckas

Duration: 1.30 hours

Dorian is a premiere by world-recognised director Robert Wilson in the National Kaunas Drama Theatre; it has been created together with the D’haus Theatre (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus) in Germany, Düsseldorf. Robert Wilson is one of the most significant theatre creators of our times, who has changed the audience’s comprehension of the process taking place on the stage. His creations combine elements from dance, performance, architecture, painting, music, and drama.

The storytelling of the performance is combined of motifs from the lives of Oscar Wilde, his character Dorian Grey, and English painter Francis Bacon. All of them valued beauty, youth, and life pleasures, sought external perfection and led egocentric lives. Oscar Wilde was beloved by London society until he was sent to jail for an ‘indecent relationship’ with his lover Alfred Douglas. Francis Bacon suggested for the burglar, who broke into his studio, George Dyer, to become a model instead of calling the police. The beautiful Dorian Grey dreamed that his portrait would get old instead of him and he himself would stay forever young and dashing. These three more or less made-up stories tell us about the link between life and art. American writer Darryl Pinckney connected them into associative threads of narrative in which memories, experiences, thoughts, and feelings are intertwined. The direction, movement architecture, and light magic of Robert Wilson create a perfect view engulfing with its precision and mastery.

Performance is part of the Kaunas – European Capital of Culture 2022 programme.

18 May Several
sessions

BORKA

Ant Rūtos salės
Saturday, den May. 18th 2024

BORKA

Ant Rūtos salės

Saturday, den May. 18th 2024

22 May

THE SELF FORGOTTEN

A one-part play (Age limit:14+)
Didžioji scena
Wednesday, 22/05/2024 18:00

THE SELF FORGOTTEN

A one-part play (Age limit:14+)

Didžioji scena

Wednesday, 22/05/2024 18:00

Author: Vydūnas

Director: Jonas Vaitkus

Set and costume designer: Jonas Arčikauskas

Composer: Tomas Kutavičius

Choreographer: Lina Puodžiukaitė

Video artist: Ridas Beržauskas

Video artist: Vladimiras Šerstabojevas

Assistant director: Rokas Misikonis

Actors: Liubomiras Laucevičius, Jūratė Onaitytė, Motiejus Ivanauskas, Vaidas Maršalka, Inga Mikutavičiūtė, Greta Šepliakovaitė, (Iveta Raulinaitytė ), Henrikas Savickis, (Justin Burškaitytė), Daiva Rudokaitė, Audronė Paškonytė, Sigitas Šidlauskas, Gintautas Bejeris, Martyna Gedvilaitė, Andrius Alešiūnas,  Saulius Čiučelis, Dovydas Pabarčius, Kęstutis Povilaitis, Kamilė Lebedytė, Marius Karolis Gotbergas, Saulė Sakalauskaitė

Duration – 2:10 h

The Self Forgotten is more than a performance. It is a performance mission that spreads the fundamental ideas of the Lithuanian humanist, philosopher, and writer Vydūnas. To educate a nation of conscious and free people, its spiritual culture-science, art, and morality – that was the main goal of the great thinker. Director Jonas Vaitkus considers Vydūnas’ personality to be one of the guiding principles in nowadays’ devaluation of moral values ​​and invites the theatre community to march in the direction of love, compassion, conscience, and virtue. Let us become human beings for ourselves – essentially, but not superficially, free people, let us not worship the golden calf, but strive for higher and more perfect humanity. Let us be people in the nation – let us love our homeland, let us work sincerely for it, and be worthy of respect. Let us be human beings in the universe – let us see the world through the nation and contribute to the good of the world. Composer Tomas Kutavičius and scenographer Jonas Arčikauskas turn Vydūnas’ philosophical thought into an impressive mystery – a musical spectacle that combines the shadows of the nation’s history, the echoes of natural elements, and the desire for human improvement.

23 May Several
sessions

MINIA

Ant Rūtos salės
Thursday, den May. 23rd 2024

MINIA

Ant Rūtos salės

Thursday, den May. 23rd 2024

“I hope that people look at you. That they look at you and are confused about what you’re doing. They don't know if I've said anything to you or not. You may just be going around in circles because you have nothing else to do.” The Crowd explores how we navigate our positions in crowds. You’ll hear texts from different people about the loneliness and the joy they experience while being part of different groups of people; on a bus, at the beach, at a concert, at the cinema. Who are you when you're on the outside of the group, and who are you as an individual when you're just a tiny part of a big group? While listening, together the audience becomes a crowd. This performance gives the audience possibilities they rarely get to experience in the theatre. The audience gets headphones they will wear throughout the performance and there will not be any seating. Maybe “The Crowd” can be compared to the theatre's version of silent disco? The project is created by Teater Leikhus’ Eva Rosemarijn and Lise Andrea, who have written and directed the piece together. Over 20 voice actors have helped with the project by lending us their voice, Irene Nessa Bjørnevik has been in charge of scenography and Eva Rosemarijn has created original music for the piece. The project has been developed over the course of two years with support from “Dramatikkens hus” and dramaturg Morten Cranner. 

“The Crowd” is an audiovisual experience about the loneliness and the joy we experience while being part of different kinds of crowds. Come experience being part of this crowd in a performance that could be described as the theatre’s version of silent disco! 

Running time: 80 min.  

Recommended age: 12 years and up.  

23 May

SUMMER WASPS BITE US EVEN IN NOVEMBER

One-act comedy (Age limit:14+)
Ilgoji salė
Thursday, 23/05/2024 19:00
Sold out

SUMMER WASPS BITE US EVEN IN NOVEMBER

One-act comedy (Age limit:14+)

Ilgoji salė

Thursday, 23/05/2024 19:00

Author: Ivan Vyrypaev

Director, set and costume designer: Nino Maglakelidze

Video artist: Ridas Beržauskas

Actors: Dainius Svobonas (Robert), Goda Petkutė (Sara), Sigitas Šidlauskas (Donald)

Duration – 2 hours

Translation from the Russian language by Artiomas Rybakovas

From the first glance, the storyline of ‘Summer Wasps Bite Us Even in November’ reminds us of a detective: a man, his wife, and their family friend are trying to find out where their friend Marcus was on Monday’s evening. Each of them claims that he’s been with them. They even have clear evidence and witnesses. They try to convince others that the truth is on their side. All of them sound very believable but Marcus could not have been at a few places at the same time. So, where was he really at? The innocent discussion is slowly turning into a strange game, provoking open confessions, and exposing wounds. The storyline is shifting towards absurdity. It goes over the limits of a love triangle or family drama and finally becomes irrelevant. Here, something else matters more – the world in which each of us attempts to force our views on others. As in many other plays of the Russian playwright Ivan Vyrypaev, here the action takes place in one room with the door to outer space. In this space, eternal questions and current relevant issues are floating – but on which side lies the truth? Or maybe it can be on more than one side? Can we accept other people without trying to re-educate and change them? Without forcing them to perceive the world as we do? How can we communicate in today’s divided world? How can we live when it is impossible to do so?

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5 Jun

DISQUIET

One-act performance
Didžioji scena
Wednesday, 5/06/2024 18:00

DISQUIET

One-act performance

Didžioji scena

Wednesday, 5/06/2024 18:00

Director: Aleksandr Špilevoj

Projection designer: Paulius Jakubėnas

Composer: Paulius Trijonis

Set and costume designer: Barbora Šulniūtė

Actors Nelė Savičenko (Ulja Richtė), Inesa Paliulytė (Ulja Richtė), Mantas Zemleckas (Kšištof Zelinski), Deividas Breivė (Kšištof Zelinski), Gytis Ivanauskas (Styv), Gintautas Bejeris (Styv), Indrė Patkauskaitė (Natali Blumištein), Martyna Gedvilaitė (Natali Blumištein), Matas Dirginčius (Maikl), Arnas Ašmonas (Maikl), Dainius Svobonas (Voice of the Author ).

 

Disquiet is a performance-based on a play by the popular contemporary Russian playwright and director Ivan Vyrypaev. The action takes place in New York, in the apartment of a famous American writer Ula Richter. An ambitious Polish journalist interviews the celebrity. This interview is of great importance: to the journalist, it can become a trampoline for his professional career in New York, while for the writer, it is a great opportunity to tell the truth or maybe to mess with everyone and create another myth of herself. The mysterious intrigue begins when the journalist asks questions he has been warned to avoid – about the writer’s German origin, allegations of anti-Semitism, and her scandalous removal from the Nobel Prize nominees. Disquiet is a story about authors creating not only their works but also their own myth – the most specific and intense as well as the brightest and the most genuine reality. Disquiet is what people feel when they love. Disquiet is what people feel when they create. Disquiet is what people feel when they kill. This whole spectrum of contradictory feelings, which we call disquiet, is experienced by the creator, the artist. “The creation is the Creator’s disquiet at every second of creation, in every single part of this strange universe, and in every single one of us”, says the protagonist of the performance. Disquiet is a modern, ironic performance about the essence of creation.

Duration – 1 h 40 min ( without intemission)

6 Jun

THE SHOEMAKERS

Two-act play (Age limit 16+)
Rūtos salė
Thursday, 6/06/2024 18:00

THE SHOEMAKERS

Two-act play (Age limit 16+)

Rūtos salė

Thursday, 6/06/2024 18:00

Author: Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz-Witkacy

Director: Antanas Obcarskas

Playwright: Laurynas Adomaitis

Set designer: Lauryna Liepaitė

Costume designer: Juozas Valenta

Composer: Rolandas Venckys

Video artist: Saulė Bliuvaitė

Director assistant: Deivydas Valenta

Actors: Gytis Ivanauskas, Saulius Čiučelis, Deividas Breivė, Mantas Bendžius, Augustė Šimulynaitė, Aistė Zabotkaitė, Saulė Sakalauskaitė

Duration – 2 hours 50 minutes (with intermission)

The production is a co-production of the NKDT (National Kaunas Drama Theatre) and Utopia Theatre. The production is also realized together with the Polish Cultural Institute in Vilnius and the Adam Mickiewicz Foundation. The performance is a part of International Theatre festival "Stage 10x10"

The Shoemakers, although left unfinished due to the author’s suicide, is considered the best Witkacy’s work for the theatre. The last decade of Witkacy’s life and work (1930–1939), coinciding with a difficult period for the whole of Europe as well, was full of pessimism and anxiety. The artist saw the waking demons of totalitarianism and feared for a bleak future – the play The Shoemakers perfectly discloses the atmosphere of that time.

The Shoemakers is a kind of play of visions, which draws predictions about the future of literature, art, politics, society, and the human condition. Paradoxically, Witkacy’s visions are surprisingly accurate in relation to today’s reality, testifying to the author’s astounding ability to diagnose very broadly the diseases of his time and the evils of the future. The play exhibits three social classes (bourgeois-capitalists, working-class, and aristocrats) and their flaws through the composition of three acts and the characters assigned to a particular class. Every act ends with a revolution that reverses the power relationship. The central theme of the play’s plot is the changes in social situations, roles, and individual personal status before and after the revolutions. Will those who were oppressed and now in power change anything after the revolution? On the other hand, maybe they will also suffer from the moral sickness of their oppressors? A closer look at Witkacy naturally raises a question: what kind of revolution awaits us?

The creation of the performance is partially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania and LTKT (the Culture Council).

7 Jun

DANGEROUS LIAISONS

Two-act play (Age limit: 16+)
Rūtos salė
Friday, 7/06/2024 18:00

DANGEROUS LIAISONS

Two-act play (Age limit: 16+)

Rūtos salė

Friday, 7/06/2024 18:00

Director: Agnius Jankevičius

Set designer: Laura Luišaitytė

Actors: Goda Piktytė,  Vaidas Maršalka, Gabrielė Ladygaitė, Daiva Rudokaitė , Gytis Laskovas, Inga Mikutavičiūtė

Duration – 2 hours 45 minutes (with intermission)

It is a story of passion, manipulation, hypocrisy, and devastating relationships of true love, a story about moral decline and fornication. The two aristocrats Marquis de Merteuil and Vicomte de Valmont begin a sophisticated game of seduction and manipulation to enliven their boring existence. Innocent people become the tools of their game. In order to avenge her lover who betrayed her, Marquis de Merteuil incites Vicomte de Valmont to seduce his fiancée. However, for Valmont, a professional Casanova, a young and innocent girl is the easiest task. His target Dora is a religious married woman. To conquer such a fortress is a challenge for any experienced womanizer. They are like a pair of gamers, who ignore their feelings and only focus on their own rules of the game, which turns the surrounding people into useful or unnecessary cards. When the intrigues of cynics entwine, and the reaction of victims brings unexpected results, it becomes evident that the endgame will be much serious and brutal than anticipated.

Rūta’s Hall. Age limit 16+

A collaborative project with “Mens publica”

More iformation: https://dramosteatras.lt/en/spektaklis/dangerous-liaisons/

8 Jun

ABOUT FISH, EARS AND MUM

Mažoji scena
Saturday, 8/06/2024 12:00

ABOUT FISH, EARS AND MUM

Mažoji scena

Saturday, 8/06/2024 12:00

9 Jun

SNOW WHITE (18+)

Didžioji scena
Sunday, 9/06/2024 18:00

SNOW WHITE (18+)

Didžioji scena

Sunday, 9/06/2024 18:00

SNOW WHITE (18+)

Director, playwright, set and costume designer – Gintarė Minelgaitė-Duchin (Dr. GoraParasit)

Composer – Sandra Kazlauskaitė

Lighting artist – Paulius Varonenka

Choreographer – Ema Senkuvienė

Cameraman – Edgaras Jocius

Camera and editing assistant – Laura Pociūtė

 

In Snow White, director Dr. GoraParasit presents a powerful and healing interpretation of the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale set against the backdrop of glacial mythology.

BDSM aesthetics allow us to question human nature while simultaneously highlighting the everyday myopia of society, our naivety, and social prejudices. Dr. GoraParasit’s performance explores a range of themes, including glacial ecology, the climate crisis, multilingualism, migration, hate, and social-gender dynamics. It also invites us to contemplate broader existential questions of the present and the future. By seamlessly combining different media – such as twerk dancing, video game logic, soundscapes by composer Sandra Kazlauskaitė, and club music – the director exposes her own psychological vulnerabilities and those of contemporary society.

With this production, Dr. GoraParasit invites the audience on a journey through the melting glaciers, using green screen techniques to prompt a transformative experience. We are encouraged to reflect upon ourselves through a magic mirror that unveils the reality of a world in the process of melting.

And the heat is bound to intensify from here on...

The performance is for adults.

Opening performances on 1, 2 and 3 December 2023 at the Main Stage

21 Jun

GHETTO

Two-act play (Age limit 16+)
Didžioji scena
Friday, 21/06/2024 18:00

GHETTO

Two-act play (Age limit 16+)

Didžioji scena

Friday, 21/06/2024 18:00

Author: Joshua Sobol

Director: Gintaras Varnas

Set designer: Gintaras Makarevičius

Composer: Anatolijus Šenderovas

Costume designer: Aleksandra Jacovskytė

Video artist: Kornelijus Jaroševičius

Lighting artist: Vladimiras Šerstabojevas

Playwrights: Daiva Čepauskaitė ir Gintaras Varnas

Actors: Sigitas Šidlauskas, Dainius Svobonas, Mantas Zemleckas, Jovita Jankelaitytė, Liubomiras Laucevičius, Gytis Ivanauskas, Ričardas Vitkaitis, Vaidas Maršalka, Saulius Čiučelis, Tomas Erbrėderis, Gintautas Bejeris, Albinas Budnikas,  Martyna Gedvilaitė, Arnas Ašmonas, Gytis Laskovas, Karolina Elžbieta Mikolajūnaitė, Deividas Rajunčius, Pijus Narijauskas, Liucija Rukšnaitytė, Audronė Paškonytė, Dominyka Budinavičiūtė, Skaistė Grašytė, Mindaugas Gargasas, Rokas Lažaunykas, Boy with violin:. Jurgis Bajoras ir Jonas Venckūnas, Musicians: Darius Krapikas, Asta Markevičienė, Ugnė Petrauskaitė, Laimonas Salijus, Gintarė Kaminskaitė, Tadas Vilčinskas

Duration – 3 hours 50 minutes (with intermission)

The performance is showed with ENGLISH SURTITLES all the time.

World War II. Nazi-occupied Lithuania has become a death trap for Jews. Men, women, and children are imprisoned in ghettos and the only way out leads to a pit in the ground. “Ghetto” is a story of how people imprisoned in the Vilna Ghetto came up with a unique idea – establishing a ghetto theater, which even in the face of death became their beacon of inner strength and resistance against the Nazi. This is a drama about their collective fight for physical and spiritual survival, even when they knew that the enemy was a hundred times stronger. “Ghetto” also tells the story of those who were holding the guns and trading shoes of their victims among themselves. Never before had Lithuania seen so many pits in the ground and so many spare shoes as in 1941.

22 Jun

Hello, Fox!

A musical play for children 5+
Mažoji scena
Saturday, 22/06/2024 12:00

Hello, Fox!

A musical play for children 5+

Mažoji scena

Saturday, 22/06/2024 12:00

Director: Eglė Kižaitė

Stage adaptation director: Daiva Čepauskaitė

Set and costume designer: Justė Kondratė

Music and sound designer: Edgaras Žemaitis

Actors: Martyna Gedvilaitė, Pijus Narijauskas, Audronė Paškonytė, Sigitas Šidlauskas

Based on the fairy tale Happiness is a Fox by Evelina Daciūtė

Duration – 1 hour

The relationship between the Boy and the Fox started a long time ago when Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a pilot. People say that they are still friends. Could it be another boy and another fox? It could be, but that is not the most important. A friendship that starts with a bun given as a present and never ends is the most important. To swing together on a park swing, listen to strange stories, enjoy the view of the Smoked Salmon Constellation and be a part of the Generosity Ocean is the most important. The Boy Povilas and his parents moved from the book Happiness is a Fox by Evelina Daciūtė to the National Kaunas Drama Theatre. He tells young spectators a cosy and light orange story of his childhood. Once upon a time, Povilas went out to buy some buns and took an unknown path in the park. Behind the turn, a breathtaking flight on the swing and long-tailed, fluffy happiness were waiting for him.

Nacionalinis Kauno Dramos Teatras
Laisvės al. 71, 44304 Kaunas, Lithuania
Telephone: +370 37 224 064
Email: kasa@dramosteatras.lt

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m Break time: 15.30 – 16.00 h.

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