Life Is Very Hard
Life Is Very Hard
Premiere at Von Krahl Theatre February 15th, 2014
Directors & dramaturgs: ROBERT M. JOHANSON (USA, Nature Theater of Oklahoma), MARIT SIRGMETS (Estonia, Guts United) & SIMONA BIEKŠAITĖ (Lithuania, Guts United)
Conseption of text: ROBERT M. JOHANSON (USA, Nature Theater of Oklahoma)
Set and costume designer: SIMONA BIEKŠAITĖ (Lithuania, Guts United)
Authors: ACTORS OF VON KRAHL THEATRE, ROBERT M. JOHANSON, MARIT SIRGMETS & SIMONA BIEKŠAITĖ
Cast: TIINA TAURAITE, ERKI LAUR, JIM ASHILEVI, KAIT KALL, OTT KARTAU, LIIS LINDMAA, LOORE MARTMA, TÕNIS NIINEMETS, IVO REINOK and RAGNE VEENSALU
An absurd comedy based on real life where “Twin Peaks” meets Anton Chekhov.
A prosaic introduction:
Life is very difficult and hard. You try to make it through the day in a more or less passable way dodging hunger, illness and sadness, but even if you succeed one day it will not last very long. Reality and dreams are hopelessly apart. It’s hard to communicate, we misunderstand each other. We can’t even understand ourselves. New York, Avignon and Moscow are far, far away. You just have to sit here in this cesspool and work for nothing until death comes and takes you to Disneyland.
About the content:
“Life Is Very Hard” is an emotionally crazy comedy, absurd to the point where it makes your brain ache. The three-headed tandem of directors is implementing a creative method on Von Krahl Theatre’s actors that has never been tried before in Estonian theatre. The script is a montage of recordings of everyday chit-chat and gibberish, with all its rough spots and errors. The outcome of which will be a play that the actors will listen to on stage with headphones, simultaneously performing it before the audience’s eyes. Easy, right? You wish! The play will be performed in an absurd context using characters that don’t fit together at all and have no relations whatsoever with the original text. The production also has chance generated dance and musical numbers. That’s right, chance generated dance and musical numbers. The lives of the actors will be made miserable. As if they weren’t miserable enough already.
About the directors:
After receiving an invitation from the brand spanking new theatre company Guts United the director Robert M. Johanson sailed all the way from New York to the port of Von Krahl Theatre. Johanson is a member of Nature Theater of Oklahoma (NTO). NTO is one of the wildest and most critically acclaimed modern theatre companies in the world. Their humorous, fast-paced and musical “absurd documentary” style is familiar to those who made it to their performance of “Life and Times: Episode 1” in Straw Theatre in 2011, when Tallinn was the European Cultural Capital. We can only rejoice at the fact that Johanson, a director, actor and composer from NTO, has found the new event horizon from Von Krahl Theatre, a theatre company that is notorious for its audacity.
Marit Sirgmets and Simona Biekšaitė are breaking the waves of new theatre under the flag of Guts United (GU). Their distinctive creative method sets their current and future projects on one continuous axis where the key idea is “theatre as fashion”. An attentive viewer might spot the transition of symbols, elements and forms from one production to the next, from one theatre to the next as if the various times, places, actors and texts would form different constantly evolving chapters in GU’s body of work.
The three directors use a force three times more powerful than usual to get “Life Is Very Hard” so twisted it makes you want to scream. The costumes will also be absolutely abnormal, that’s for sure.
So there are three innovators of modern theatre in the cauldron – the group Guts United, a representative of the group Nature Theater of Oklahoma and the group Von Krahl Theatre. There’s no question this pot will explode.
Important final announcement:
The performance is in English and Estonian with subtitles in both languages.
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