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UBU THE CZAR – a buffoonery that makes fun of tyranny

On December 31, the premiere of the play Ubu Czar. The 21st Century Šėpa, based on the play Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry, and directed by Gintaras Varnas will take place in the Youth Theater. Playwright Sigitas Parulskis is currently working on a play that he’s writing especially for the performance. The main character – Ubu Czar-Putin – will be played by actor Vytautas Anužis. Author of the stage design – Gintaras Makarevičius. Author of the puppets – Julija Skuratova. Composer – Martynas Bialobžeskis.

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Gintaras Varnas. Ubu and the Modern Day “Šėpa”

About eighteen months ago a war broke out in Eastern Europe. Could anyone imagine this three, five, ten years ago? Definitely not me. I thought I saw how the world was evolving in two directions, utopias, drawn by visionaries. The West – towards A. Huxley’s Brave New World and the East (Russia, China, North Korea) – towards G. Orwell’s 1984. Neither direction is a happy one, but I could not anticipate a real, terrible war break out in Ukraine, a country on the edge of Europe, which had clearly chosen the direction of the West.

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About the Spiral of Time and the Light behind it

In the drawing of Ubu made by Jarry himself, his enormous belly has a huge spiral on it. Not only does is it a reflection of Ubu’s character, it is also a metaphor for the naïve and peaceful time not yet marked by the cataclysms of the 20th century. Today, this spiral could become a symbol for historical time, leading the viewer’s gaze somewhere into the abyss, disappearing into infinity. But it should remain a game open to laughter.

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