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Ivan Vyrypaev



National Theatre, Budapest, Hungary

Director: Viktor Ryzhakov

2 hours, without breaks.

A festival director, a prostitute, a manager – participants in a bachelor party. A peculiar twist of fate brings these odd characters together in Drunks. They speak about God, love, freedom, and the search for themselves, also stuttering, haltingly. For the most part, they are trying to put into words the anxiety that in our empty, seemingly rational world honesty may well have no real place and it may be quite impossible to find real love.

Drunks enquires about the most fundamental issues of European civilization and contemporary life, about a lifestyle that we have been deceived into seeing as rational, tolerant, and sober but which, in fact, hides the loss of love, faith, and culture and conceals deceitful ideologies. Only a few “drunk and honest” figures can speak about all this, painfully and with distorted minds, as if making an apocryphal confession.

The author, Ivan Vyrypaev was born in Irkutsk in 1974. He is a cult figure in contemporary Russian theatrical life, a dramatist and director, and a central figure of the New Drama movement. Together with Viktor Ryzhakov, Vyrypaev has launched an art group, “Oxygen” (Kislorod), which endeavours to create a new theatrical language with a fresh tone and mentality. Ryzhakov’s directing is characterized by this new, unusual, original theatrical language.


Zsolt Trill


Péter Herczegh


Attila Kristán


Mari Nagy


László Tóth


Nelli Szűcs


Ágnes Barta


Kinga Katona


Eszter Ács


László Szabó Sebestyén


Attila Vidnyánszky Jr. m.v.


Roland Bordás


Sándor Berettyán


Estilla Mikecz

Set and costume

Maria Tregubova

Alexey Tregubov

Dramaturge, translator

András Kozma


Alexander Manotskov

Video - scenery

Vladimir Gusev


Ágnes Lovass


Kati Gróf

Assistant director

Rita Herpai


Viktor Ryzhakov

Gobbi Hilda Stage
Viktor Ryzhakov

Viktor Ryzhakov

Viktor Ryzhakov was born in the city of Khabarovsk in 1960. He studied at the Far Eastern College for the Arts, the Boris Shchukin Theatre Institute, and the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, where he completed his doctorate. In 1995-2001, he served as the artistic director of the Kamchatka Drama and Comedy Theatre. In 2001, he began to work as a director and instructor at the academy of the Moscow Art Theatre (MKhAT), and in 2012 he was made head of department and recognized director of MKhAT. Together with playwright and director Ivan Vyrypaev, Rizakov launched the Oxygen (“Kislorod”) theatre movement, which exerted a strong influence on contemporary Russian theatre. He is the founder and director of the Five Evenings Theatre Festival in Memory of Alexander Volodin, which was launched in 2002 in Saint Petersburg. Since 2012, he has served as the artistic director of the Meyerhold Centre in Moscow. He has held courses on the art of the theatre in Germany, Poland, the United States, and Hungary. He has directed many award-winning productions in theatres in Russia and Europe. He has also won numerous awards at prominent European theatre festivals (the Grand Prize at the Kontakt International Theatre Festival in Toruń, the Golden Mask Award, the New Drama Festival Grand Prize, and the prize for best performance for his production of The Hairdresser at the National Theatre Meeting in Pécs, or POSZT). In 2011, he was awarded a Stanislavsky Award for his work as a theatre pedagogue, and in 2014 he was named one of Russia’s Artists of Merit.

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