• Duration: 1:40
  • Intermissions: Without intermissions
  • Age category: 18+
  • In the repertoire
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This story about an ordinary 28-year-old Muscovite Zoya begins on the day when her life partner Sergey steals penguins from the zoo: “In the zoo, it was awful. Rotten water, concrete, captivity. I saved them.“ Enamoured Zoya has no choice but to leave her job as a chef and apply for a new position, closer to home, as icy water for penguins should be changed every four hours. This place is a school where the headmistress, fascinated by Zoya’s knowledge of works of John Maxwell Taylor, offers the girl a school psychologist position. Psychological help is required not only by troubled teenagers, one of those Shurik Bolshakov risks his life every night jumping onto the moving trains roofs. Everyone around Zoya has something odd about them. And it is mediocre Zoe who is destined to help them – thanks to unexpectedly discovered paranormal abilities...

This play by a young playwright Ekaterina Mavromatis was first presented at the festival Lyubimovka-2016, and it will be staged by Denis Azarov who previously had staged “Holiday at Ivanovs” at the Gogol center. A director with taste, he has an interest in the poetics of absurd which he finds both in real life and modern dramaturgy. The performance, based on a cunning, sentimental and very funny text about restless people, suffering from lack of warmth, might change the world to the better, at least a little. It would be done Zoya’s way – through love.


Director Denis Azarov