For the Opening of the reconstructed Stage – a new production by Internationally acclaimed contemporary French theater director Eric Lacascade.
The director famous for his expressive stage adaptations of classical dramas presented an original adaptation of Uncle Vania to the Lithuanian public ten years ago (OKT / Vilnius City Theater). Now Eric Lacascade is coming to Vilnius to direct a performance based on the 20th century French playwright Jean Genet’s play The Balcony.
The Balcony is one of the most significant drama works in the 20th century. Its main characters are government representatives and guardians of public morality, secretly using the services of The house of illusion (a traditional name for a French brothel). Genet provocatively portrays modern society, tearing away the masks of social roles and revealing the nature of power. Vaudeville and philosophy, revolution and counter-revolution, illusion and reality are intertwined in the play. The Balcony has been staged in different theaters of the world many times. The play was interpreted by the great stage masters of the 20th century, such as Peter Zadek, Peter Brook, Erwin Piscator, and Giorgio Strehler, as well as by a US director of Lithuanian origin JoAnne Akalaitis. An influential drama theorist Martin Esslin has called The Balcony ‘one of the masterpieces of our time’. This will be the first time that The Balcony by Genet will be staged in Lithuania.
Lacascade’s The Balcony will include different spaces of the Youth Theater. The creative team of the performance promise an intriguing journey through the theater building as a small model of society, which will question our perceptions of the theater of life, acting, and truth.