Martin Crimp. IN THE REPUBLIC OF HAPPINESS

  • Director

    Mantas JANČIAUSKAS

  • Duration

    1 h 50 min (two acts)

  • Stage

    Second Stage

  • Premiere date

    June 14, 2018

  • N-18

About

Translator Marius Burokas: “At the beginning we see a six-person family eating Christmas dinner. Their life is shown as a dull and pathetic little hell (not even significant enough call it proper hell). All of them bear grudges against each other and hide skeletons in their closets. Later, the same actors play five unnamed characters participating in some modern psychotherapy or “enlightenment” workshop (maybe it’s the same family?). They keep talking about how to “get rid of traumas” and “look great and live forever”, their talking resembles hypnotic autosuggestion videos. A typical esoteric-psychological craze of the modern world. At the end of the play, two of its characters arrive in their “Republic of Happiness”, where everything is beautiful, good, warm and bright. But they aren’t happy – on the contrary, they are confused, afraid of the imminence of death and terrified by the possibility of senile dementia. Seemingly entertaining songs and empty dialogues make this combination of existential horror, the emptiness of life, and the yearning for love ever more poignant.”

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Martin Crimp (born in 1956 in Dartford) is a renowned contemporary British playwright, who belongs to the British in-yer-face drama school. This school is famous for its shocking and satirical plays that explore inconvenient themes and are often played engaging the audience. M. Crimp’s work is distinguished by sharp and sarcastic dialogues, separation from emotions, and a rather dark view of human relationships.

In the Republic of Happiness is a play in three parts interspersed with a few songs. Some critics call it the modern interpretation of Dante’s “Divine Comedy” (Part I – Hell, Part II – Purgatory, Part III – Heaven), that mocks our contemporary obsession with ourselves.

Director Mantas Jančiauskas recently debuted in the Lithuanian National Drama Theater with a documentary theater play Dreamland. Before that, he organized a reading of In the Republic of Happiness at the Contemporary Dramaturgy Festival Versmė. After the reading, historian and writer Tomas Vaiseta wrote, ‘While listening to the reading of Martin Crimp’s play in the small hall of the theater, you begin to think that the Western world is not only disillusioned with the expectations of a better life and that it is not only the world of the generation of 1968 that is collapsing, but also the myth that has informed our worldview since the eighteenth century – that of mankind’s eternal progress. Realizing this makes you feel impressed and a little scared.'

Dates

  • December 03 (Tue), 19:00 Arts Printing House, Vilnius

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Creators

  • Director — Mantas JANČIAUSKAS
  • Set designer — Goda PALEKAITĖ
  • Costume designer — Dovilė GUDAČIAUSKAITĖ
  • Composer — Dominykas DIGIMAS
  • Choreographer — Mantas STABAČINSKAS
  • Author of Video Projections — Aneta BUBLYTĖ
  • Light designer — Aistis BYLA
  • Director assistant — Regina GARUOLYTĖ

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