Six Characters in Search of an Author (Kuus tegelast autorit otsimas)

Six Characters in Search of an Author (Kuus tegelast autorit otsimas)

Nature uses the instrument of human fantasy in order to pursue her high creative purpose.”

So says The Father, one of the six members of a broken family that unexpectedly descends upon an ordinary theatre rehearsal. The quote also effectively characterises the play, in which thoughts on the relationship between reality and fantasy and between the true and the imaginary produce a timeless story about a family trying to stay together. The Father and The Mother are characters with the best of intentions and have created the most important thing in life: a family. But how can it be held together? How can children be kept from the evils of the world? How can they be warned against repeating the mistakes of their parents? From all of this unfolds a story in which an ordinary theatre troupe becomes caught up whilst trying, against all odds, to complete their rehearsal and bring a new comedy to the stage.

If only we could see in advance all the harm that can come from the good we think we are doing.”

Over the years, Estonian theatre students have cut their teeth on Six Characters in Search of an Author, the best-known play by one of the 20th century’s most important dramatists and theatre reformers, Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936).

Première on 17 April 2020 at the Small Building of the Vanemuine Theatre

Author Luigi Pirandello
Director Priit Strandberg
Scenographer Liisa Soolepp
Choreographer Marika Aidla

Cast Maria Annus, Linda Kolde or Maarja Johanna Mägi, Mari Jürjens, Birgit Landberg (Must Kast), Kaarel Targo (Must Kast), Andres Mähar, Robert Annus, Priit Strandber, Iris Viru