Platonov
Directed by:
Zsolt HARSÁNYI
  • Anton Pavlovics Csehov: Platonov
  • Genre: play
  • Hall: Main Hall
  • Premiere: 11 february 2011, 19:00
  • Translator: János Elbert
  • Assistant Director: Zsolt Csíki
  • Set Designer: Adrian Ganea
  • Costume Designer: Ilka Török
  • Light designer: Tamás Bányai
  • Choreographer: Luca Kinga Kis
  • Dramaturg: Zoltán Csép
  • Music associate: János Dull
  • Stage Manager: György Vajda
  • Prompter: Márta Demeter

Producing the plays of the probably best-known Russian playwright is a splendid task, but also a challenge for each company. The world of Chekhov’s plays is so amazing because of the author’s accurate and profound characterization, which may not be accidental, since the playwright was a doctor by profession. His plays are usually performed in a tragic tone, although Chekhov calls them comedies, because irony is the key to his characters.

Platonov is Chekhov’s less known and rarely presented play. This could be explained with the fact that it was discovered relatively late, in 1920, sixteen years after the death of the author during the liquidation of a Moscow safe.

In a world where situations determine at a great extent living possibilities, the basic question is how people can preserve their selfhood and noble ambitions. What is genuine and what is fake in people, in human relationships? Platonov is the bizarre tragicomedy of solitude, where the main character is like an absurd anti-Don Juan. He wants to escape from the women chasing him, but he can experience solitude – the main characteristic of his existence – only through these love affairs.

Under the direction of Zsolt Harsányi, the Tompa Miklós Company of the National Theatre Târgu-Mureş tries to develop the particularly complex relations of the Chekhov play and to present the story as a present-day problem, applying the instruments of contemporary acting with particular emphasis on acoustic and light effects.

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