Feel Thick: the simple audience in the play about the search for happiness

© RIA Novosti / Eugene Metaspecial Green stick in the Museum-estate Yasnaya PolyanaFeel Thick: the simple audience in the play about the search for happiness© RIA Novosti / Eugene biyatov

In the Museum-estate «Yasnaya Polyana» was the second theatrical festival «the fat Weekend». For three days on the ground under the open sky showed theatrical performances and reading the works of writer: from the stage version of Prokofiev’s Opera «War and peace», which showed, despite the pouring rain, to a new theatrical form of storytelling when the textbook story retold in the spirit of standup Comedy.

Perhaps the most spectacular and unusual event of the festival was the premiere of «Green stick», created by the eponymous article writer theater company Gruppo Buston Verde (directed by Alexei Zherebtsov). Staging was done on purpose to Yasnaya Polyana, and play it under the open sky. To show «Green stick» plan is now in the estate on the weekends.

An hour and a half the audience along with the actors will move around the estate, pausing only briefly to watch the next scene. In the «school» viewers will write dictation in the garden would see the dancers with Paradise apples girls.

At the end of this action will lead in the field, where a huge table with a white cloth, they will drink water, eat fresh bread and liquid apples. In the distance will begin to fire smoke bombs and out of the woods in a crimson mist will come a huge life-sized figure of Tolstoy.

«Who am I? I? And what do I do?» — says the little heroine in the performance eight-year-old Karina, a resident of Tula. She says that all of his three monologue learned quickly that participated in the show with pleasure and that she also tries to find answers to questions asked by a great writer.

Karina came into the production after the casting. With her in play are 27 local residents — Saturday, professional actors and Amateurs. They learned about the play from the local press. After the first show, it turns out that, for example, the role of Sofia Andreevna Svetlana Levina in life is marketing.

© RIA Novosti / Eugene Metaspecial «Green stick» in the Museum-estate «Yasnaya Polyana»Feel Thick: the simple audience in the play about the search for happiness© RIA Novosti / Eugene Metaspecial «Green stick» in the Museum-estate «Yasnaya Polyana»

«Last year I did not have tickets to the festival, and I watched the programme this year, — says Svetlana. — On this show wanted to be more then heard on the news that the open casting. About her character I thought a lot in the preparation. When I was given copies of the manuscripts, I realized that it was an incredible woman. I tried to understand what it’s like to live with such a person? I still can’t answer that».

For locals this place is much more than a simple well-known Museum. «Yasnaya Polyana for me has always been a place where you can walk safely alone without the noisy company, — continues Svetlana. — Here begin to see anything past what is in the town will pass and not notice. You would like to return to childhood, when just exploring the world.»

© RIA Novosti / Eugene Metaspecial «Green stick» in the Museum-estate «Yasnaya Polyana»Feel Thick: the simple audience in the play about the search for happiness© RIA Novosti / Eugene Metaspecial «Green stick» in the Museum-estate «Yasnaya Polyana»

In Yasnaya Polyana, where Tolstoy lived for almost half a century, continues to consistently seek his admirers and followers, there are often the descendants of the writer, here come the travelers. Now the estate is the venue for a theatre festival: they come here to watch performances of local residents, enthusiasts from Moscow, journalists.

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