Two Premieres at Sovremennik – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Two for the Seesaw

21 April 2015

In the spring of 2015 the Sovremennik Theatre, supported by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, introduced a new play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

Adapted for stage, it is a detective story, a psychological thriller and an anthropological study. The play is based on the novel by Mark Haddon and is a national bestseller in the UK.

The story’s main character is an autistic teenager. More accurately he has Asperger’s syndrome and the story is written from his point of view. The reader isn’t so much watching him as he is watching us. Unfortunately, the results of his observations are disappointing. What to others seems to be a part of everyday life — lies, anger, betrayal — can’t be justified by him.

The play was directed by Egor Peregudov. The main character is played by Shamil Khamatov. Other actors in this performance of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time are Nelly Uvarova, Sergei Girin, Elena Plaksina, Taisia Mikholap and others.

Another premiere in 2015 was Two for the Seesaw, a play by American playwright, William Gibson. Big city. Two lonely people fall in love... It changes their fate, giving them both joy and suffering.

The play was directed by Galina Volchek. This was the play she first began her directorial career with back in 1962. The play’s run in the Sovremennik lasted almost 30 years. The main characters in different years were played by theatre stars: Mikhail Kozakov, Lilia Tolmacheva, Elena Yakovleva and Nikolai Popkov. At present the roles of Two for the Seesaw are played by Chulpan Khamatova (Gitel) and Kirill Safonov (Jerry).

The decision that the role of Gitel would be played by Chulpan Khamatova came to the director straight away. When looking for her new Jerry she selected Kirill Safonov, a well-known actor from his movie work.

‘’I had an urgent need to return to Two for the Seesaw. To go back to it and not to repeat past performance. Frankly, I do not remember it well. Ironically, despite the fact that the various cast of actors performed it for a long time at Sovremennik, no video records of the performance are left. There is only a thin pack of black and white photos. So we prepared the play from scratch. The actors and the whole team and I wrote a new Two for the Seesaw together’’ said Galina, talking to reporters on the eve of the first night.

Today, Two for the Seesaw is a play in high demand in Moscow, it is not easy to buy tickets for it, likewise for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The house is at full capacity each performance.

In 2014 the Moscow Sovremennik Theatre supported by Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation hosted several premieres, including the play Dedicated to Yalta and Cinderella, a fairy tale for children and adults.

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