by Nikolai Gogol
director Levan Tsuladze
with Zura Berikashvili, Roberta De Stefano, Eleonora Giovanardi, Ana Grigolia, Nika Kuchava, Leonardo Lidi, Koko Roinishvili, Massimo Scola
choreographer Gia Marghania
costumes designer Nino Surguladze
music adaptation by Zurab Gagloshvili
assistant director Nino Kalandadze
Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre and Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione
Running time 1 hour and 30 minutes
Played in Italian and Georgian with Italian subtitles
One of the most revered theatres in Georgia as well as one of world’s great theatre cultural centers founded in 1928, the Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre, and Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione join energies and resources to stage The mad man’s diary by Gogol.
The piece tells the story of Poprishchin’s life, a low-ranking civil servant, who yearns to be noticed by a beautiful woman, the daughter of a senior official, he has fallen in love with. His diary witnesses his fall into insanity day by day. As his condition gets worse, he suspects two dogs of having a love affair and writing letters to each other and finally. He even believes to be the heir to the throne of Spain at the point that, when he is hauled off and maltreated once at the asylum, the madman believes he is taking part in a strange coronation at the Spanish court. The anti-hero needs his madness to attain greatness. Poprishchin finds his freedom in madness.
How is it possible for a person like Poprichin to survive in a huge world with lots of information, events, news, hierarchy? How can personal freedom be obtained? Can we accept conditions and limits while still dreaming of something big and different? Is there some other way? Where do we all – personalities- go to? Is there any parallel freedom?
Director Levan Tsuladze showed high and defined culture of humor, endless fantasy, creativity and aspirations to kindness . Levan Tsuladze in Mad Man’s Diary pictures us the tragedy of human which is expressed with lightness and multiplicative ways. And the only accused in Poprishchin’s tragedy are society and environment. In modern society there are lots of people like Poprishchin and his encirclement around us.
Levan Tsuladze’s new work with Georgian and Italian actors is an original version of Gogol’s novel. The performance, which really claims that theatre has no borders and its language as the communicative way, is universal. Lasha Chxartishvii , Theatre Critic
Artistic director of Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre since 2006. Founder and artistic leader of the first independent Theater in Georgia “The Basement Theatre” since 1997. Acknowledged leader of Georgian Theatre at present, one of the most successful, creative, highly acclaimed stage directors who truly changes and develops theater in most interesting ways – Tsuladze has produced more than 40 performances in different cities and Theaters in Georgia, and won several prizes.