Alexander Vampilov
Tragicomedy in two acts
(from 16 years)


    Once Alexander Vampilov has heard the story about a cruel joke : two colleagues have bought to the third in reply to its practical joke a funeral wreath with an inscription on a tape: «To Dear companion who has burnt down on work». The strange gift has been sent to their live friend, but expected laughter has not followed … This gloomy history became the main event of the play «Duck hunting».
    The time of a birth of the play is the summer of 1967, but it not at once have allowed to publish. Only in some years the play has been published, but has caused the big disputes. At theatres it have started to put only in 1976, and a known film «Holiday in September», shot on this play, «has lain on a shelf» eight years …
    What caused irritation and a censorship interdiction?. The greatest disputes have arisen because of an image of the protagonist : Victor Zilov. One named its villain, others considered as the romanticist … But in Russian dramatic art of similar heroes and to Vampilov there was a lot, for example, Chekhov’s Ivanov and Platon, or Protasov in Leo Tolstoy’s play «the Live corpse» …
    What it for the hero?. It is loved by three women, and whether it is capable of reciprocal feeling? What is real and valuable in his life? Friendship? Love? Family? Work? And, probably, he passes in his life the most important, what it seems to it small and insignificant … And his life is authentic? And dream of duck hunting is real? And why Zilov it is lonely, despite a the active life around?... Or all around is empty vanity and disappointment? And why he is so cruel to the people around him? But … it would be desirable for some reason to sympathise with him …
    The performance begins… the curtain rises… sad music sounds … the Person in the black rolls out the table similar to a coffin …on the table someone is lying … A living person?.. Round him the strange procession gathers … Everyone, in black clothing, is talking about someone in past tense … A phone call … the person, lying on a table, wakes up and, shaking off a dreadful dream, starts to speak on the phone about rainy weather … And then to him bring that funeral wreath … «What, Zilov is perplexed, so "pleased" my friends?" And throughout all performance the hero is trying to understand it, to answer the eternal question : why do people live and how to save the living soul surrounded by petty, cruel and mediocre people...

Boris Granatov

Natalia Petrova-Ruda

Art director
Victor Pushkin

Lighting designer
Sergey Shpagin

Costume designer
The Laureate of the national theatrical award “The Gold mask”
Olga Reznichenko

Music director
Larisa Vasilyeva

Yegor Mashjanov

The Premiere has taken place on March, 17th, 2017