State Small Theatre of Vilnius
A play in two acts
Director: Rimas Tuminas
Executive stage director: Arvydas Dapšys
Costumes and stage design: Vilma Dabkienė
Composer: Faustas Latėnas
MOTHER – Jūratė Brogaitė
FATHER – Arvydas Dapšys, Almantas Šinkūnas
KAZIMIERAS POKŠTAS – Tomas Rinkūnas
SALĖ – Indrė Patkauskaitė
MILĖ – Valda Bičkutė
HELĖ – Agnė Kiškytė
VERONIKA – Ilona Kvietkutė, Agnė Šataitė
OSKARAS – Mantas Vaitiekūnas
FRENCH – Jokūbas Bareikis, Vytautas Rumšas
STEPONAS – Balys Latėnas, Vytautas Rumšas
STASYS – Jokūbas Bareikis, Tomas Kliukas
LITHUANIANS – Agnė Kiškytė, Jokūbas Bareikis, Balys Latėnas, Vytautas Rumšas jr.
SOLDIERS – Tomas Kliukas, Balys Latėnas
The story of Madagascar is set in the years between 1912 and 1945. A whirlwind of ideas is spinning in Lithuania, which has declared its independence. The new intellectuals are considering what to do with this new state, which direction it should go in, and what it should be. Even the most improbable ideas are being discussed as serious projects. Finally, all the great Utopians end up alone and unappreciated.
The prototype for Kazimieras Pokštas, the main character, is the famous Lithuanian geopolitician Kazys Pakštas (1893-1960). It would be difficult to find another personality in 20th-century Lithuania with so many cultural, geopolitical and social ideas, so many daring projects and visions. A geographer, traveller and public figure, Pakštas was called ‘minister without portfolio for propaganda’, ‘a marcher for a free Europe’, ‘Ulysses’, ‘a Lithuania nomad’, ‘a patriotic tornado’, ‘the herald of the nation, ‘the national apostle’, and ‘the Lithuanian Cicero’, and was compared to Abraham Lincoln and Alexander von Humboldt. He was a Christopher Columbus, searching for new lands throughout his life. Pakštas was unique in taking direct action to protect Lithuania and Central Europe from various threats, instead of using only rhetorical means. These actions included his attempts to create a Central European Christian Democratic Union, and a ‘reserve’ homeland, the so-called Dausuva, as well the idea of a Baltoscandian confederation. He sought to move Lithuania to Africa, because he anticipated the terrible fate of his land.
Another prototype for the character named Sale is the eminent Lithuanian poetess Salomeja Neris (1904-1945). Even though today she is considered to be the most outstanding poetess of the early period of independence, she is criticised because of her collaboration with the communists.
In 1940, she was part of the delegation which went to Moscow to ask for occupied Lithuania to be accepted into the Soviet Union. She died of cancer in 1945 in a Moscow hospital.
In fact, Pakštas and Neris never met. This was Tuminas’ idea. Other prototypes were chosen on the basis of a single criterion: all were great Utopians, idealists, who had huge visionary aims and crazy ideas. And all of them suffered a collapse. Marius Ivaškevičius was curious to investigate what might have happened if these people had met. Another fantastic meeting takes place in Paris, at the Oskaras’ apartment. The prototype of Oskaras is Oscar Milosz (1877-1939), a famous Lithuanian, Polish and French writer, mystic and Lithuanian diplomat in France.
The language of the characters in Madagascar is not contemporary Lithuanian, but something similar to the language which people spoke in the interwar period. Using this special vocabulary, Ivaškevičius creates his own vision of the Lithuanian language.
Première: 28 and 29 September 2004
Duration: 3 hours
2018 February 24 d, Saturday, 18:00 hour
Tickets: 7.74 - 18.00 €
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