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Krapp`s Last Tape

Krapp`s Last Tape
14+
Krapp`s Last Tape
Duration: 1 hour (no intermission)
  • 11 oct 2016, 19:00
OKT / Vilnius City Theatre
Vilnius, Lithuania

Premiere – May 30th, 2013

Director Oskaras Koršunovas and actor Juozas Budraitis fostered the idea to stage Samuel Beckett’s play «Krapp’s Last Tape» for more than two decades. Finally, the play is presented at the OKT Studio.
It is one of the classic works of absurdist literature, questioning the painful theme of a person’s change throughout their lifetime. According to the main and only character of the play, Krapp, it is his personal retrospective journey to the past. A man who has lived a long life sits in his room, surrounded by heaps of tapes with recordings of his own voice made a long time ago.
Koršunovas agrees that putting on Becket’s play is not easy. On the other hand, it is yet another accepted challenge. A difficult but somewhat interesting one, especially when you work with an actor of the calibre of Juozas Budraitis. «Beckett’s plays are like stones. Purified existentialism and strong characters do not leave room for interpretation. You either become the symbol or not. There is nothing to act. I would never have staged «Krapp’s Last Tape» if not for Budraitis, who may very well become the Beckettian symbol  due to his age, experience and intellect» – says Koršunovas on the iron logic of the play.

Director Oskaras Koršunovas
Set designer Dainius Liškevičius
Composer Gintaras Sodeika
Technical director Mindaugas Repšys
Props and costumer Aldona Majakovaitė
Stage manager Malvina Matickienė
Touring manager Audra Žukaitytė
Cast: Juozas Budraitis

OKT / Vilnius City Theatre

n 1998 Oskaras Koršunovas founded an independent theatre, called Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre, shortened to just OKT. Koršunovas has built a solid repertoire, which encompasses both contemporary drama and classic stagings. Contemporary theatre must reflect the present day and sometimes even be ahead of the time, predict the future and act as a warning.
Theatre was awarded the most prestigious of prizes in 2006 – the Europe Theatre Prize for New Realities. In 2009, Oskaras Koršunovas was given the honourable title of the Chevalier of the French order of Literature and Arts. Tours in international festivals encompass the United States, South Korea, Australia, Argentina, and the territory in between.

Oskaras Koršunovas
Oskaras Koršunovas

Oskaras Koršunovas was born on March 6, 1969, in Vilnius. In 1993 he graduated from Lithuania Academy of Music with a Master’s degree in Theatre Directing. Already at that time the young director stood out for his unusual theatrical language.

In 1998, the director, together with a few like-minded fellows, founded an independent theatre, called Oskaras Koršunovas Theatre, shortened to just OKT. Koršunovas has built a solid repertoire, which encompasses both contemporary drama and classic stagings. The director’s credo to stage classics as contemporary plays, recognizing what is relevant to the present time, and contemporary plays – as the classics, conveying what is universal and timeless, became paradigmatic in that creative period.

Photo: D. Matvejevas

   

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