Georgian Showcase Program

Program type: Georgian ShowCase Program
Starts at: 21:00 - Sunday, 02 October
Location: 
Otkhozoria Valer, Kellerman Ia

The Good Person of Szechwan

Director: Saba Aslamazishvili
Scenography: Saba Aslamazishvili
Costumes Designer: Saba Aslamazishvili
Choreographer: Tornike Kakulia
Composer / Musical adaptation: Vakho Gvakharia, Konstantin Ejibashvili
Assistant to the director: Ia Kellerman

 

The Cast:  
Baratashvili Giviko; Surghaia Aniko; Makadze Giorgi; Vashakidze Lado; Arabuli Gaga; Balakhadze Mariam; Ejibashvili Konstantin; Kakulia Tornike.

 

About Performance:
Bertolt Brecht - “The Good Person of Szechwan” - Theatrical company “Lizard” aims to revive a stage play “The Good Person of Szechwan”“ by a german prosaic, director, dramaturg and theatre reformer, well known to Georgian audiences - Bertolt Brecht. This will be a reimagining, a rethinking of the great theatre reformer’s play in a modern context.

The text was adapted by ValeriOtkhozoria and Ia Kellerman. The play will be performed in Atoneli theatre. The project is a collaboration of Atoneli theatre and “Lizard’’

The action takes place in a city to which three gods arrive, for whom everyone was waiting for a long time. It’s at the moment of their arrival the narrative begins. When the gods appear, noone wants to take them in, nobody wants to give them a helping hand. The city has been desperately awaiting the gods, however when they actually come, nobody believes that they are who they say.

The text is accompanied by Brecht’s signature simplicity, depth and quick change of pace and action.The descended gods are met by a water-carrier, a kind woman named Shen Teh who after certain hesitation provides the gods with shelter. Shen Teh’s fears, constant hesitation, doubtfulness and vivid thoughts all contribute to her character and the attitude the gods develop towards her. The gods spend the night at Shen Teh’s and on the next day as a gift of gratitude, give her a reward large enough to change her whole life.

A good person receives a gift for her kindness. At this exact moment people around her will try to use and split her. Shen Teh’s only wish is to be kind, and by suppressing her own desires, help people in need. But do they actually need her help? Or maybe they are just trying to use her kind heart for their own advantage?

The idea of a character being “split” by other people is a common metaphor for Brecht. While reading, people seem to always ask the question, for how long can Shen Teh maintain her kindness in a world where everything is so expensive. The fact that Shen Teh has feelings for Zuni, who also seeks to use her, contributes to the problem. Shen Teh’s divided psyche creates a new personality, her made up cousin. It serves as an antipode, whose purpose is to help Shen Teh, a kind person to survive in order for the gods to retain faith in kindness of people, because only faith can bode for the growth and betterment of humankind.

Several problems are shown in the play: The relationship between people; the attitude of people towards Shen Teh; The distrust, fear, fear of sincerity, fear of protecting one another. A divided society also splits an individual,ShenTeh, in both physical and mental sense.

Distrust, gift of the gods, constantly help-seeking people, love, when you think that the most important thing is to become someone else, finding a different person inside of your own consciousness, and then the urge to help yourself, and then at last - hope, which symbolizes Shen Teh’s child, the next generation, the new, different people, the change for the betterment.

The gods leave, filled with hope, Shen Teh can now give birth. It’s important what’s left of Shen Teh, a divided, split individual, who no longer puts her faith in the gods or even her alter-ego. Now she only has faith in herself, and thus her child.

The most interesting research topics for us are the change of one’s personality, or the lack of it. What kind of factors contribute to it? The physical, mental and moral divide of an individual.

In any case, for a modern person, this problem is quite relevant, thus the research surrounding it will be one of our main goals relative to this play and it’s concepts.

 

Date of Premire:  01. 09. 2021
Duration: 60 minutes

Theatrical company “Lizard” was established in 2019. The main goal of this association of young artists is to create and perform unique theatrical and other entertainment-oriented projects.
The company’s first venture was a play “Biocide” (directed by Saba Aslamazishvili) which has received significant positive feedback as well as popularity.  The second project by “Lizard”, a play titled “feritsvalebulni“(Which roughly translates as “The Changed”) (directed by Saba Aslamazishvili) was performed in a quiet unexpected location – a graveyard. Not only was the play well-received by an average theatergoer, but it has also inspired professional theater critics and artists which all contributed to the public’s increased interest in our organization.

The main goal of “Lizard” is to unite the representatives of all artistic crafts in a common space to create modern projects of the highest quality that reflect and address the problems and issues of today’s society.

 

Contact information:
Director - Aslamazishvili Saba
Tel: (+995) 555 32 76 98
E-mail: lizardtheatergeorgia@gmail.com