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Leo Tolstoy

Family Happiness

Stage composition on the story of the same name

Author Leo Tolstoy
Dramatized and directed by Pyotr Fomenko
Stage Designer Vladimir Maximov
Costume design Maria Danilova
Costume Design Assistant Sergei Bartoshevich
Designer Irina Bachurina
Choreography Valentina Gurevich
Music designer Galina Pokrovskaya
Teacher Vera Kamyshnikova

In the early Leo Tolstoy novel, written in 1859, the love story of Masha and Sergei Mikhailovich, the unending succession of variations in “family happiness,” is told through extensive monologues of the heroine. On stage, these images are presented in the form of home tea parties, playing the grand piano, the “quiet happiness” between the piano and the window. It’s like musical variations, full of light, sadness, hope, and hopelessness. The questions, which torment the play’s heroine, are not as simple as may seem at first glance: “Happiness is to live for the other… But why for the other, if you don’t even want to live for yourself?..”

May 29, June 26, July 3
Pyotr Fomenko’s Workshop Theatre Main Stage, Great Hall
2 h 20 m