A MAN FROM PODOLSK
A MAN FROM PODOLSK
The comedy «A Man from Podolsk» was written by the Russian novelist Dmitry Danilov, who wrote a number of well-known books, including some that describe the author’s journeys around small and – as may seem to the lazy tourist – unremarkable towns. Danilov’s debut in playwriting was hugely successful: his play participated in festivals and laboratories, and has been staged at Russian theatres.
The story about an average citizen of the Russian Federation, who is put under pressure by cultured and educated policemen to bring him to his senses and make him love his motherland, hit the core of the today’s rift in society.
The police (or the cops) is the most popular target for criticism. Few people are prepared to back those whose shoulder straps are identified with violence and the use of inhuman means of suppressing freedom.
However, the cops in «A Man from Podolsk» read the Structuralists and go to concerts of the German industrial group Einstürzende Neubauten. But most importantly, the reflexive, slightly depressive her in Ugarov’s production stages in the spirit of doc-theatre’s very own naturalism makes us think about the meaning of the concept of “patriotism,” which stands at the centre of today’s fights.
The thirty-something-year old man, who commutes every day from Moscow’s suburbs into the centre, has no piety before the prefab-blocks in some southern Autonomous District, but he loves Amsterdam. The local police gently but firmly explains to him that it is possible to see the charm in any urban landscape. He confronts the audience with a choice: to love the homeland after all as it is, or not.
Playwright: Dmitriy Danilov
Director: Mikhail Ugarov
Second Director: Igor Stam
Designer: Olga Kovaleva
Technician: Igor Pernikov
Visial (photofilm): Otto Lakoba
Creative producer: Zarema Zaudinova
The duration of the show – 1 hour and 40 minutes without intermission
The premiere of the play «A Man from Podolsk» took place on 25th of May 2017.
PARTICIPATIONS IN THE FESTIVALS:
• April-May, 2018 «A man from Podolsk» was the nominee of the Russian Performing Arts Festival and National Theater Award. Dmitry Danilov the author of the play was a recipient of the award for the best play.
• May 22, 2018 «A man from Podolsk» was performed at International Theatre Festival Kontakt (Torun, Poland).
• November 21, 2018 «A man from Podolsk» will be performed at International festival Russian Theatre Spring (Berlin, Germany).
SOME PRESS REVIEWS:
The meeting between Dmitry Danilov and Teatr.doc seems to have been inevitable. The venue where the document prevailed over fiction, and the author, who describes with ruthless details bus stops and railway crossings, empty conversations and mechanical actions, nameless cities and faceless lives, were literally made for each other. Nevertheless, the result of their creative collaboration is far from being predictable. The play «The Man from Podolsk» based on the play with the same title is not a carefully drawn up protocol. It’s a play with culture, words and meanings.
Tatyana Ratkina, Private Reporter
«Absurd realism» would be an adequate brief description of the play by Dmitriy Danilov, contemporary Russian prose-writer and poet who has debuted in playwrighting. The scene of the play is a Moscow police station where eccentric intellectuals have gathered. Common police tortures are replaced by a more intricate ordeal: the «residents» get a terrible questionnaire, going through which no one can overcome the feeling of stupefying emptiness and one’s own uselessness.