ONE DAY WE WILL ALL BE HAPPY
Director: Vyacheslav Tchebotar
Set designer: Yana Lutsenko
Play translated by Stephen Ochsner
The one-actor play by the young playwright from Nizhny Tagil in the Urals region Yekaterina Vasilieva is decomposed into two voices: the confessional monologue of a schoolgirl which is told and sung in different ways by two actresses. The story of the girl’s difficult relationship with her mother in which the contempt and resentment are densely mixed up with her thirst for love is taken by the director out of the context of every day routine. The performance focuses on the inner world of the character, her perception of self and life. The play by Yekaterina Vasilyeva, the student of Nikolya Kolyada and representative of the Ural School of dramaturgy, is written in a realistic manner. However, director Sava Tchebotar with this production argues the nature of the text and catches up a special melodiousness in the conversational, as if overheard in the street, language. Going away from the narrative text and abandoning a specific image of the character, the show doesn’t focus on the story but rather on the narrator’s self-consciousness and on her excited thoughts.
The play written as a monologue is divided between two actresses, Alexandra Kuzenkina and Anastasia Pronina. There is one character, one text, the same costumes, but two roles - bright, emotional, direct and contrasting. This is not a split personality but a different type of disease, also mental. The Ego and alter-ego, the "I" and "super I" will sing a duet, compete in a verbal duel and confess to the public. The performance from the first person and addressed to the audience turns out to be addressed to one’s own self.
What happens "between them girls" strikes a chord in the audience and alternately produces laughter and fear. …
Fear and laughter, the two principles combined with perfectly seasoned rhythm of the play hold the attention of the audience all through the performance.
... The small auditorium is a ward where the actresses and the audience are locked facing each other…
Komsomolskaya Pravda Newspaper