English-Estonian-Latvian theater upcoming in Rīga

Theater-goers are in for a rare treat later this month with some high-quality English-language performances being staged.

From April 27 to 30, the Dirty Deal Teatro will host a mini-festival of new drama, created in collaboration with the Estonian Performing Arts Center Vaba Lava and the Estonian Theater Agency. The festival program includes performances by two well-known Latvian directors, as well as the latest plays by Estonian playwrights, whose readings will be staged by young Latvian directors. 

April 27 – Performance by Valters Sīlis "I Had a Cousin" - in Estonian with subtitles in Latvian.

“I HAD A COUSIN” is created by director Valters Sīlis collaborating with playwright Rasa Bugavičute – Pēce. Rasa is half Latvian half Lithuanian.This is a story about her and her Lithuanian cousin Deimantas. They grew up together. She grew up to be a writer. He became one of the leading figures in the Kaunas mafia, who was killed in 2015 by two Estonian hitmen at age 27.

This is a very personal story, told from the perspective of Rasa. It observes how her cousin got more and more involved in organized crime. The performance tries to get a glimpse of understanding what are the social circumstances and what are the very personal motivations to become king of the world in this way even if it means that your life can be very short.

April 28 and 29 – Performance by Elmārs Seņkovs “Two Garages” - in English

The action of “Two Garages” takes place simultaneously in Estonia and Latvia and presents a story of young men who reach adulthood just as their countries win their independence. What if both the old and the new world seem foreign to you? How to reconcile opposite social expectations, life goals and conspiracies? What if the inherited father’s garage seems to be the only safe haven?

Tickets to both events are available in www.bilesuparadize.lv and more information is available atwww.dirtydealteatro.lv. The project is supported by the State Cultural Capital Fund, the Estonian Cultural Capital Fund and the Estonian Theater Agency.

 

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