THE DREAM OF A FUNNY MAN
This is not the first time director Irina Keruchenko turns to Dostoevsky’s prose. Her performance, The Meek One, staged in the White Room of the Moscow Young Viewer Theatre, made her name recognisable in the theatre-going Moscow circles, and the actor Igor Gordin (the Money-lender) won the GOLDEN MASK prize for leading male role.
In The Dream of a Funny Man the director continues exploring the paradoxes of the human essence, the agonizing duality of human nature that the Dostoevsky characters feel so acutely.
The Funny Man is himself responsible for destroying the beautiful world he had striven for with his best effort and the purest ‘endeavour of his soul’. According to the director’s idea, self-destruction theme is currently one of the most important: the story of the fall of the Funny Man, told in such great detail by Dostoevsky in his ‘science fiction story’, is not just a single event but a correct diagnosis of the modern civilisation as it is.
Actor Ivan Efremov (the Funny Man) has won the Saint Petersburg Ultimate GOLDEN SOFFIT Theatre Prize for Best Debut.
The soundtrack includes fragments of Johann Sebastian Bach and Russian folk songs Little Urchin and So Walked a Sinful Man.
The performance premiered on September 25, 2012.