Sigitas Parulskis. JULIA Premiere

  • Director

    Kirilas GLUŠAJEVAS

  • Duration

    1 h 30 min (one act)

  • Stage

    Trakai Cultural Centre

  • Premiere date

    21 February, 2020

  • N-14

About

How to present the colorful personality of the writer Žemaitė which has up till now been rather narrowly construed by the general public to the contemporary viewer? This task puzzled the creators of the new performance. In the play commissioned by the Lithuanian National Drama Theater Sigitas Parulskis created the character, Dora, a modern woman, an actress cast in a young director’s performance. She feels inner emptiness and is torn between her real life role as a prosecutor's dutiful wife and the role she has in the play, that of the writer Julija Beniuševičiūtė-Žymantienė, whose penname was Žemaitė (a Samogitian woman). When working on her character, a truly historic personality (looking back, Žemaitė seems a true modernist of the early 1900s), Dora finds answers to her personal questions. Julija helps Dora gain a new perspective on love, career, personal relationships, freedom, and emancipation.

The author of the performance’s idea and the creator of the main role – actress Jolanta Dapkūnaitė. The performance is directed by Kirilas Glušajevas, who makes his debut at the Lithuanian National Drama Theater. “We are staging the play based on the principle ‘the farther the closer’. We do not want to reconstruct the life of the writer, give a lecture to the audience or invite them to a traditional Samogitian house. Žemaitė’s personality is revealed through small details, through what Dora learns about her while creating her role. After all, few of us know that Žemaitė had a love affair with a younger man or that she visited Lithuanian diasporas in the United States of America a few times between 1916 and 1921, gave fiery speeches and collected donations for victims of the war together with lawyer Andrius Bulota and his wife Aleksandra (they collected over 30 thousand dollars). Few people know that her signature peasant headscarf was a sign of protest, an “exotic oddity” among silk-clad ladies. As Sigitas Parulskis writes in his play:

What does this mean?

A headscarf.

Is it for some special fertility ritual? A rite or superstition?

No, that’s my style. "

 

Creators

  • Director — Kirilas GLUŠAJEVAS
  • Set designer — Gintaras MAKAREVIČIUS
  • Costume designer — Dovilė GUDAČIAUSKAITĖ
  • Composer — Linas RIMŠA
  • Light designer — Vilius VILUTIS
  • Author of Video Projections — Aneta BUBLYTĖ
  • Director assistant — Titas VARNAS

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