The new drama by Mikhail Durnenkov written especially for Gogol Center. This is a play where Chekhov's motives are combined with the linguistic and narrative acuity of the 'new drama'. Close friends and acquaintances are going to have a picnic by the lake. Each of them is going through the midlife crisis. Each of them has a routine job, lost of troubles and some 'painful times' in their personal life. The outdoor meeting becomes an occasion for a frank conversation and attempts to understand themselves.
The young characters of “The sea of Trees” are able to change appearances: 14-year old Lora-Lolly can turn into a wise chief of Indians; Anton can become a guest from the Medieval France, and 12-year-old Lars can become a true pirate. Within this beautiful and furious world, there is a program called “The first child in space”, where cowboys compete with Indians on a backyard, and one could meet a zombie on the way from school. The desperate, joyful, endless game captivates the heroes as well as the potential audience, modern boys and girls. Lyuba Strizhak wrote “The sea of Trees” specially for Gogol Center in 2014, when the theatre offered the playwrights, who participated in the #fourplays project, to write their dream play. This particular dream is about childhood that does not the end. The production will be staged by Philip Avdeyev. His debut work was last year’s “Iolanta”, created on the Gogol center Small Stage in collaboration with Alexander Gorchilin and Igor Bychkov. “The sea of Trees” is Avdeyev’s first independent work as stage director.
Based on Nikolai Nekrasov's poem "Who Is Happy in Russia?"
Production consists of three parts. The first is "Dispute". It is about peasants who are asking the famous question: “Who lives fun and freely in Russia?”. What forced them to give up homes and families and hit the road? Where are the boundaries of "Russian world"? What prevents them from finding long-awaited freedom?
The performance is made after "Fear eats the soul" - a film of the German director Reiner Werner Fassbinder telling a love story of an elderly cleaning woman and a young Maroccan migrant. The "Fear" maintains all the themes of the movie as well as its plot - but, transferring from the post-Nazi Germany to contemporary Russia, the story becomes even more provoking.