Nikolai, an average citizen from the provincial town of Podolsk, is arrested in Moscow and subjected to an embarrassing interrogation at the police station. The reason for his arrest will be known sooner or later. What begins as a disturbing, black satire of an interrogation turns into a Kafkaesque therapy session. The young man has not been arrested for committing an offence; rather, the police force wants to help him lead a more meaningful life, convert him to true patriotism and open his heart to the love of his beautiful homeland, which is in no way inferior to Amsterdam, the place of his dreams. And the policemen are not stereotypical brutal cops either, but turn out to be experts on the Structuralists and the "Einstürzende Neubauten" punk-rock group. So, Nikolai’s imprisonment is turned into a imposed search for meaning.
The Man from Podolsk is Dmitri Danilov’s first and highly successful play, a disturbing satire on the omnipresence of the paternal state, which infiltrates a person’s last refuge and redefines what is “re-education”. Danilov’s best-known novel, Description of a Town, was shortlisted for the renowned Russian literary prize, Bolshaya Kniga (Big Book Award).
Russian with German and English surtitles
Choreography Irina Shirokaya
Composer Mikhail Obukhov
Guest performance Belarusian State Youth Theatre, Minsk – Belarus
26 May 2019
Igor VepshkovskyMan from Podolsk
Andrey GladkyMan from Mytishchi
Kirill Novitsky1st police officer
Denis Moiseychik2nd police officer