5th International Monodrama Festival THESPIS
10 to 17 November 2006 Kiel GERMANY

Tuesday, November 14 | 18:00 | Schauspielhaus (Studio)

performed by Maxim Zausalin (Russia)

based on texts by Anton Chekhov and William Shakespeare

directed by Mark Rosovskij

Even against the common background of the 19th-century Russian literature with its heightened interest in Shakespeare, Chekhov stands out by his use of Shakespearean motifs and themes in numerous works: in his plays (”The Seagull”, ”The Cherry Orchard”, ”Three Sisters”, “Uncle Vanya” ) and in his feuilletons. The tradition of reception of Shakespeare in the 19th-century Russian literature, since Pushkin and Belinsky till Turgenev and Dostoevsky, was not a single factor of the British dramatist's impact on Chekhov's fiction and drama. There were also two others. One of them was linked with the art of theatre and Chekhov's deep interest in theatre. Another one was determined by some peculiarities of Russian reality in the middle and the second half of the 19th century, with such its phenomenon as the so-called Russian hamletism. The Russian hamlet - a "small man", was living vainly and pointlessly, suffering from his nonentity but being incapable to change his life essentially.

In his feuilleton ”I am a Moscow Hamlet”, Chekhov depicts an uninterested and bored highbrow who blithely reveals his ignorance and pettiness. His self-incrimination turns into parody and his distress comes across as ludicrous and trivial.

Mark Rosovskij and his actor Maxim Zausalin prepared a crazy and clever theatre evening that circles around the melancholic prince of Denmark whose dilemmas interweave with the everyday tragicomedy of every modern individual.

Language: Russian
Length: 90 minutes

Production of the theatre U Nikitskich Vorot

Kindly supported by Goethe-Institute

German premiere