Hecuba - One act tragedy
Directed by – Mikheil Charkviani
Set design by Mikheil Charkviani
Costume designer Mikheil Charkviani
Composer Erekle Getsadze
Assistant to the director Vakhtang Amanatidze
Inga Kakiashvili, Gagi Shengelia, Endi Dzidzava, Nini Karchava, Nantso Tskhvirashvili, Ana Chogovadze, Nanuka Kupatadze, Giorgi Chachanidze, Tengo Javakhadze, Davit Roinishvili, Sulkhan Gogolashvili, Data Beradze, Luka Svanidze
Date of Premire: 9.02.2019.
Duration: 100 min, without intermission
The tour group: 26
The Trojan women are the best literary faces of those people, who do not fight in the war, who are not attackers. Their fate is always questionable, their rights are torn down. We meet the women, who are locked out in dungeons, waiting for the fate.
The play shows us an individual’s confrontation to the ugliness of the system. There is no weapon to protect women's rights during the war. So they become the victims of war. We see the Hecuba’s confrontation with the Hellenic system that believes that his son should die for the back wind. Most importantly, they tell the mother of so many children, who brought them up and then lost them, that this is right and it is necessary for the state. The verdict, without any compassion is reached by Agamemnon, whose son was killed for the same reason.
The injustice committed on behalf of justice leads Hecuba to insanity. We see an inconceivable metamorphosis – Hecuba turns into a child murderer and kills Polymestor’s children.
The play is a clear indication of how the people become monsters, criminals and how big is the share of the system, the State in that. Unfortunately, after the crime is committed, an individual is the one to pay the price, not the system.
In 2011 Kutaisi Lado Meskhishvili Professional State Drama Theatre celebrated 150 years of its establishment.
On March 3, 1861 when the amateurs first held the historic performance G. Eristavi’s comedy “Break Up”, in Kutaisi has begun the new movement in the theatre history.
In 1880 the first professional troupe was founded, which in 1885 was headed by the famous actor and director Kote Meskhi.
In the years 1894-1905 Kutaisi Theatre was managed by the great Georgian actor, director and public figure Lado Aleksi Meskhishvili.
In 1928 another state theatre has established in Kutaisi, named Kutaisi-Batumi Theatre, under the guidance of Kote Marjanishvili. During the two theatrical seasons, the reformer of the Georgian theatre and this great director staged his best performances here, with the participation of the brilliant Georgian actors.
In 1940 it was given the name of Lado Meskhishvili Theatre.
The new building of Kutaisi Drama Theatre was officially opened in 1955 - a unique architectural construction, which in 2009 was awarded the status of the cultural heritage.
The new small stage, with the seats for 96 spectators and the Kutaisi Theatre History Museum was opened in 2008.
In 2009-2010 years by the initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, three stars of the famous actors: Eva Khutunashvili, Anzor Kherkhadze and Eremo Svanidze were unveiled in front of the theatre. In 2012 two more stars of Natela Sagharadze and Lamara Vashakidze were added.
In 2015 Kutaisi Lado Meskhishvili Professional State Drama Theatre celebrated its 130 th anniversary since its foundation. Theatrical seasons of 2014-2015 years were the jubilee seasons for The Meskhishvilians’.
The history of the theatre is rich by the names of the prominent Georgian culture and art figures, significant facts and events. Traditions of the theatre are honorably carried on by the Meskhishvlians’ new generation.
In the years 2006-2017 artistic director of the theatre was Giorgi Sikharulidze, who from 2006 until 2013 also was the manager of the theatre.
Since 2017 artistic director of the theatre is Kote Abashidze.