After staging several shows in Moscow theatres, director Irina Keruchenko created The Dream of a Funny Man in Saint Petersburg. The performance is based on a science fiction story by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The performance was nominated for Saint Petersburg Ultimate GOLDEN SOFFIT Professional Theatre Prize in several categories. The young Alexandrinsky Theatre actor, Ivan Efremov, was the winner in the Best Debut category.
The Sunstroke is Irina Keruchenko’s second work in the Alexandrinsky Theatre. In her new work, the director follows Bunin’s idea that love is the essence of earthly happiness and the short moment of ultimate concentration of a man’s life force that burns him up. She continues to explore the philosophy of the feeling.
A chance meeting of the Lieutenant (Stepan Balashin) and the beautiful Stranger (Julia Marchenko) evolves from a fleeting passion into a full-out struggle of the character with the primary essence of love and its eternal laws. There is no curbing or controlling this elemental force, nor is there a living without it, as a passing summer encounter leads to a new conscience and the awareness of your own life as well as of ‘every grain of sand or drop of water and the shadow of a seagull’s wing on the disk of the Sun’.
The soundtrack of the performance includes fragments of Rachmaninoff pieces and a Russian folk song Golden Bee. The music was recorded with the participation of Anton Popov (the violin) and Givi Sarkisyan (the trumpet).
The show premiered on April 10, 2014
Media about the
The emotion tension of the show accelerates, culminating into open passion. It would have been easy to overdramatize, but the team managed to paint the story with watercolour lightness and even graphic clarity.
Marina Kvasnitskaya. The Cosmos of Love
Rossiyskaya gazeta, July 2014
The original Sunstroke story is very short and only takes a few minutes to read. To remake it into a full-time theatre performance is a serious professional challenge. Prose does not produce an easy play: a fact that seemed to lend a greater motivation to the director and the two actors. The result is extremely theatrical, very detailed and scrupulous and at the same time incredibly lively, inventive, graceful and ingenious.
Maria Kingisepp. Like in a Dream
INFOSCOP, May 2014