Ivan Franko National Drama Theater, Kyiv, Ukraine
Director: Ivan Urivszkij
The performance is cancelled.
1 hours 30 minutes, without breaks.
"Caligula" by A. Camus is one of the most significant plays of the 20th century, that is about the absolute power of a dictator as absolute Evil, which inevitably generates madness, chaos and death. This is the story of a bloody ancient tyrant, which was reinterpreted by Camus in an existentialist manner. After the death of his beloved, the Roman emperor goes mad with grief and decides to establish a "kingdom of absolute freedom" on the way to which he spares no one. To implement this, the emperor has unlimited power. Caligula defies logic, fate, the world order... Instilling fear and hatred in the courtiers, he slowly but steadily incites them to murder, becoming the director of his own death. The authors of the play ask the question: what will happen to a person if he identifies himself with God; what will happen if he believes that there is neither good nor evil?.. In making sense of Camus's intellectual drama, they avoided any historical or social contexts. However, the beginning of a full-scale war in Ukraine changed certain accents in the play about the path of self-destruction of the Roman emperor-dictator. Maybe now in the ascetic metal space, the audience will see the story of the modern maniac Caligula?
Caligula / Oleksandr Rudynskyi
Caesonia / Kseniia Basha
Helicon / Olena Khokhlatkina
Scipio / Akmal Hurezov
Cherea / Roman Yasinovskyi
Stage designer: Petro Bogomazov
Costume designer: Tetiana Ovsiichuk