The State Academic Maly Theater staged the play "A Month in the Country" based on the play of the same name by Ivan Turgenev. This is a story about love and passion, about how easy it is to destroy a delicate balance, how difficult it is to put everything together and return it back, being seized by passion, the desire to take possession of the object of one's interest.
The production is the directorial debut of Gleb Podgorodinsky, who told IA REGNUM about the idea of the production. “So, during the spring restrictions during the pandemic, they read and parsed Turgenev's play online. As a result, the creative idea of the play grew to independent work. From about August or September they began to rehearse already on stage. When choosing this piece, everything went well with the choice of artists, which is not always easy to combine. I consulted with the guys, and the production designer Maria Rybasova believed in us, shared her experience and inspired with her faith."
“Natalya Petrovna is an ordinary woman, like everyone else, who can love and wants to love. There is a lot of love in her - for her husband, for a friend. And then new feelings appear in her. She loves her husband with one love, and the love that appears for a young man is completely different. Natalya Petrovna turns into a person she has never been. And she does not give an account of her actions. And she doesn't recognize herself. Because love is evil. Sometimes we do things that shouldn't be done. After rereading the play, I could not fall in love with the heroine and could not accept her, agree with her actions. I thought, how can you act meanly, this is someone else's, this is not possible. And when they started rehearsing, I realized that she could not do otherwise. I began to shift all this onto myself emotionally - and began to feel it on a physical level. Probably, I have matured and matured to this role,”says the performer of the role of the landowner Natalya Petrovna, actress Polina Dolinskaya.
“I was very happy with this role. I liked in her that at first Vera is open, naive, and then an upside-down of the image appears. I had to take everything very emotionally, especially in the second act. My heroine grows up, and you grow up with her, - says actress Daria Shevchuk, performer of the role of Vera. “As a result, the heroine begins to feel hopelessness, resentment, pain and a desire for revenge.”
“The role of Vera is interesting for the transition from childishness, naivety through emotions to adulthood. As we grow older and older, we become callous. Each rehearsal gives something new - new emotions - and sets accents. There are young people, and there are adults who are tired of life. It seems that Natalya Petrovna has everything: her estate, her husband, and a dear friend. But she is missing something, she is looking for something. She behaved this way out of her jealousy, out of passion. Although I. S. Turgenev wrote that this is a comedy, everything ends tragically. For some reason, all the characters have an internal struggle, for me Turgenev in this play is quite pastel, all the struggle takes place within the characters themselves, "added director Gleb Podgorodinsky.
The premiere of the play will be shown at the State Academic Maly Theater on February 13 and February 21. The play runs in five acts with one intermission and lasts for three hours.