Feb. 28, 2018

“Dramokratija” opens sign-up actors and directors

This spring for the fourth time playreading festival “Dramokratija” will invite audiences to meet contemporary plays of upcoming Lithuanian playwrights and it has opened sign-up registration for actors and directors to join the teams. As usual, proessional and upcoming actors and directors sign-up by choosing the synopsis of the play but without knowing the name of the play’s author. This way festival wants to pursue principles of open castings in Lithuanian theatre community.

Dec. 11, 2017

Workshops of “Dramokratija” – a cocktail of propaganda for upcoming playwrights – have ended

This year play reading festival “Dramokratija” invited participants to write about propaganda. It also provided three workshops with lecturers from Germany, Russia and Lithuania where playwrights developed their ideas and worked on writing. The workshops whioch took place in Goethe instutute in Vilnius ended with a virtual get together with participants, lecturers Theresia Walsewr (from Germany), Mikhail Durnenkov (from Russia) and Gabrielė Labanauskaitė (Lithuania) where everyone shared their experiences during the workshops.

Nov. 4, 2017

Playwright Mikhail Durnenkov: „ It’s easy to be an artist during the war.“

Russian playwright Mikhail Durnenkov, who visited Vilnius to teach in play reading festival’s Dramokratija workshop on propaganda, has an exceptionally wide smile. Always in a good mood, the writer inspired upcoming playwrights and shared his experiences. M. Durnenkov has quite a lot things to tell – in early days he used to work as an engineer and a plumber, he was part of Arctic expedition during which he wrote a play („On the edge of the earth“ is the first BBC World play, written in Arctic circle), during a protest against annexation of Crimea he was arrested by police. These and other experiences often turn into plays. And this, theatre and future are what we sat down to talk about.

Oct. 12, 2017

„Dramokratija“ is looking forward for guest from Russia

Play reading festival “Dramokratija” this year invites playwrights to write, talk and discuss propaganda. Also it offers three workshops for the participants and first of them has already taken place. Now participants and organizers are looking forward to meet Russian playwright and scriptwriter Mikhail Durnenkov who will visit Vilnius on 20th-24th of October and will help partcipants of the fourth “Dramokratija” to perfect their plays.

Oct. 4, 2017

Theresia Walser: characters have a right to participate in creative process

Theresia Walser is named one of the widely staged contemporary German playwrights whose works are popular not only in Germany but also in other European and other countries. In 1998 her play “King Kong’s daughters” brought her not only commercial success and praises of critics but also “Theatre heute” magazine’s award for the best young author. Among her other awards there also are two best play awards from Goethe institute.

Oct. 4, 2017

“Dramokratija”: propaganda which needs to be talked about

The fourth play reading festival “Dramokratija” has started with a week long workshop with playwright from Germany Theresia Walser. Full of ideas and hopes participants are looking forward to meet lecturer from Russia. Sadly, orginizers are very sad to announce that due to political reasons it is going to be not long waited Mikhail Ugarov but another playwright and scripwriter, recommended by M. Ugarov himself, Mikhail Durnenkov.

Sept. 1, 2017

Playwright and actor Chris Thorpe: “We need to inspire each other because the world is not doing that for us at the moment.”

While waiting for the flight back to Manchester and drinking one more cup of black tea, Chris Thorpe was laughing ”It is very British, ain’t it?”. We sat down to talk right after the end of the first ever workshop organized by play reading festival “Dramokratija” which was held by this playwright and actor from United Kingdom.

“I’m lucky, I’m very lucky to come here,” he answered to if it was easy to decide to come to Lithuania. “If the workshop would have started a few days earlier or later I couldn’t have come here. It’s just a lucky accident.” The life of the artist is full of such accidents and he takes them all as an useful experience.