LITHUANIAN NATIONAL DRAMA THEATRE
DIRECTOR — Yana Ross
SET and COSTUME DESIGNER— Zane Pihlstrom
COMPOSER — punk after kant
LIGHT DESIGNER — Dainius Urbonis
CREATIVE DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT — Naubertas Jasinskas
COSTUME DESIGNER’S ASSISTANT — Pijus Dulskis
TRANSLATOR — Ignas Beitsas
DIRECTOR’S ASSISTANT — Rokas Lažaunykas
PRODUCER — Kamilė ŽIČKYTĖ
CAST: Elzė Gudavičiūtė, Martynas Nedzinskas, Salvijus Trepulis, Jūratė Viliūnaitė
DATE: 22 September | 19:30
VENUE: Lithuanian National Drama Theater, Small stage
LANGUAGE: Lithuanian with English subtitles
Yana Ross, who has rarely staged performances in Lithuania and who is ending her tenure as director of the Zurich Theater (Schauspielhaus Zürich) with seven other artists, will invite the audience to the premiere in the Small Hall of the LNDT in September.
For this new production, Yana Ross has chosen the essay “Consider the Lobster” by the American writer David Foster Wallace (1962–2008), who fundamentally questions human nature. In his texts, Wallace tackles some of the most sensitive and uncomfortable issues of contemporary society: empathy, child-rearing, intimacy, miscommunication, and the end of anthropocentrism.
“We hope to encourage viewers to rethink their own ethical and moral codes and values, and at the same time draw attention to the socially acceptable grey areas that we intend to question. Susan Sontag’s important book “Regarding the Pain of Others” was also very helpful in the development of the play,” says Yana Ross.
“I confess that I have never understood why so many people associate a fun holiday with flip-flops and sunglasses and having to squeeze through crazy traffic jams to noisy, hot, crowded tourist spots in order to sample the ‘local delicacies’ when the very appearance of the tourists essentially ruins the whole concept. For me, to be a mass tourist is to become the purest American of today – an ignorant stranger, greedy for what he cannot have and frustrated by what he cannot admit to himself”, writes D.F. Wallace.