Willing to live is a one-man performance by the Honoured Artist of Russia, Sergey Parshin. It is the next instalment in the Monologues at the Tsar’s Lobby cycle. The literary sources of the performance include the tales of Stepan Pisakhov, Boris Shergin diaries, an excerpt from Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel They Fought for their Motherland and an excerpt from Vasily Shukshin’s novel I come to set you free.
Premiered on June 7, 2015
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The actor lives through and makes his own the lines of different genres, tones and outlooks to the extent they resonate with his nature. Life in its fullness and diversity – this is what the one-man show is about. Here you find such out-flowing delight that can only be expressed in song, the wild hankering for the impossible, the might-have-been, and a romantic hope to reach the rainbow… These thoughts and feelings are cemented together with excerpts from the diaries of Boris Shergin, who functions as the actor’s co-author and is proven to be not only a witty folklore writer, but also an original philosopher.
Elena Alexeeva. Monologue as a Self-Portrait
Sankt-Petersburgskie Vedomosti, June 2015