Diary of a Madman
Directed by – David Doiashvili
Scenography by David Doiashvili
Costume designer Anano mosidze
Composer Nikoloz Rachveli
Assistant to the director Nino Chavchavadze
Date of Premire: 9.11.2018
Duration: 80 min, without intermission
The tour group: 9
“I have never wished nor thought of staging a monodrama, but when one of my favourite actors, Amiran Amiranashvili, approached me and suggested I do ‘Diary of a Madman’ by Nikolai Gogol, I simply couldn’t resist the temptation.”
P.S. I leave it up to you - the spectator - to decide if the temptation was worth it.
- David Doiashvili
Life is so cruel, ruthless and intolerable, that all we can do is retreat into our shells, create parallel universes, believe in and live in them.
Such people are called madmen by society…
Did you know that the king of Spain worked incognito writing papers in a department in St Petersburg?
Did you know that if you fell in love with a director’s daughter, you can learn the language of animals?
Did you know what juicy news you could read in the correspondence between dogs?
Did you know that the moon was made in Hamburg and that it is of very low quality?
Did you know that as soon as the great inquisitor approaches, you should hide under a chair?
Diary of a Madman by Nikolai Gogol is one of the most mysterious works in classical world literature. But what is it truly about? Is it simply a genius playing a strange prank, or is it the most important coded message for people of the 21st century?
Being a leader in a competitive market is no mere feat. It takes willpower, dedication, innovation and at times bravery to stay ahead of the rest. When it comes to creative processes, the Tbilisi Music and Drama State Theatre is the leader among all the state theatres in Georgia today. In order to stay ahead, numerous factors need to be taken into account, including: variety, quality, actuality, and talent (including contemporary creativity).
The Tbilisi Music and Drama State Theatre provides all of this, and more. The theatre was founded in 1926, and for many decades its repertoire consisted of only musical comedies. It was home to numerous famous Georgian directors, actors, composers, playwrights, artists and choreographers, and played an integral part in the development of Georgia’s theatre and musical culture.
In 2004 one of the best directors of the modern generation, David Doiashvili, was appointed as head of the theatre, and he can be credited with all the fundamental reforms that have taken place. The theatre’s repertoire has expanded significantly since its initial inception, and now consists of an experimental fusion of genres, including drama, musical comedy, musical drama, choreography and literary performances.
The theatre’s main focus is on the quality of dramaturgy and talented young directors. It also provides a platform to showcase the creative work of David Doiashvili and his desire to explore the language of art by changing forms, making use of mixed methods, and helping actors perform artistically. This is what preserves the theatre’s position as a leader and makes it stand above the rest.
As one of the most innovative and successful theatres in Georgia, it has received numerous prestigious awards and prizes, and continues to gain momentum not only in popularity but also in international recognition and prestige.
David Doiashvili is an innovative and revolutionary Georgian theatre director whose performances have been the subject of great interest, appreciation and recognition by not only various audiences and generations, but also of critics and producers across the globe.
He was born in Tbilisi in 1971 and graduated from the Shota Rustaveli State Institute of Cinema and Theatre in 1994 where he studied at the Workshop of Mikheil Tumanishvili, named after the greatest Georgian theatre director of all time. Afterwards he undertook an internship at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan under the tutelage of Italian opera and theatre director Giorgio Strehler. In 1998 he became the Chief Director at the Kote Marjanishvili Drama Theatre where he achieved success in numerous projects such as Shakespeare’s King Lear, Oscar Wilde’s Salome and Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
Since 2004 Doiashvili has been the Managing and Artistic Director at the Tbilisi Music and Drama State Theatre which has become a creative laboratory through which he can express new progressive ideas and take Georgian theatre to the next level. Among his most popular plays are Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac, Albert Camus’ The State of Siege, Slawomir Mrozek’s The House on the Border, Giorgi Eristavi’s Seperation, Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s Fool’s Life and Moliere’s Tartuffe.
An internationally acclaimed theatre director of significant renown, he has staged many performances throughout the world such as Arthur Miller’s The Crucible at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia Di Lammermoor at the Mariinsky Theatre, Akutagawa Ryunosuke’s Fool’s Life and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Croatian National Theatre, as well as Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Shakespeare’s King Lear at the National Theatre of Bucharest.
His rendition of Edmond Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac at the Hungarian National Theatre has been hailed by Hungarian Arts Magazine critics as cathartic and of substantially different quality to that which has been seen to date. The technical design is breathtaking and extraordinary, with all of its elements being in total perfection.
For Shakespeare’s Macbeth he received the Duruji award in 2010, Georgia’s highest theatrical award, Best Performance and Director in 2010 at Croatia’s International Theatre festival of Small Scale Performances as well as Best Performance in 2012 at Colombia’s Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Bogota. He received another Duruji award in 2013 for his rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and another Grand Prix for Maxim Gorky’s The Lower Depths in which he set out to explore the depth and inner motivation of the characters as they deceive themselves when faced with the bleak reality of their situation. For Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman he received the Grand Prix award in 2016 by the Theatre Critics Association of Georgia, and the Duruji award in 2017.
He has been hailed as a pioneer in both Georgia and abroad. By combining Georgian theatre with contemporary European theatre, he creates a truly unique experience that brings together the best of both worlds. In this fashion, he not only introduces Europe to Georgian themes and culture, but also builds on them.
With some calling his art both shocking and exciting, spectacular and terrifying, Doiashvili takes a new and unique approach, subtly hinting at topics that might otherwise be considered controversial and taboo. Incorporating various forms and mixed methods, he creates a unique environment both on and off stage, ensuring that characters are portrayed fully and in an artistic manner - even turning them into symbols and metaphors. His works are extremely vibrant, always experimental, and free from the mire of weighted tradition.
It is precisely this intense and visionary style which has garnered him so much acclaim and admiration for his art. He has been described by his champions as a leader and visionary among contemporary theatre directors, whose imagination and interpretation is not only seen and heard on stage, but experienced on a deeper, emotional level.
For his hard work and dedication to the arts, he has received the Medal of Honour and Medal of Excellence by the Georgian Government, as well as the Kote Marjanishvili Premium (1995), the Sandro Akhmeteli Premium (1999), the Medal of Honour (2003), the Order of Excellence (2012) and the Shota Rustaveli Premium (2013).