The acclaimed Народный Артист Tamara Plashchenko in a moving one-woman show of Layla Alexander-Garrett's play, ‘Ночной Гаспар. Повещённый’ (‘Gaspar de la nuit. The Hanged Man’). It was originally directed at Kiev's Theatre on the Podol by Alexandr Kryzhanovskii of the New Theatre on Pechersk to critical and public acclaim.
'In everyone’s life comes a moment when the pleasant, “politically correct” world suddenly collapses, and corruption, lies, betrayal of the closest people, come to light. The person becomes seized by feelings of fear and hopelessness, the weight of which he may or may not survive.
‘Only by diving beneath the surface and looking inside oneself – into the deepest and hidden-most corners of one’s consciousness, only by facing - be it with horror! - the truth, can one find strength and dignity within one’s soul. Only then is one capable of achieving understanding and forgiveness, and what is most important, protecting the honour and dignity of the closest person on earth…'
Director and actor Said Bagov describes the play as a ‘wise, subtle, exquisite creation’. ‘The colossal value of the author’s playwriting,’ he continues, ‘resides in the capacity to move from the particular and private, to the universal; in the gifted mastery of knowing to call things by their proper names, dotting all the i’s, in spite of the crushing weight and seeming hopelessness of the heroine’s personal drama.’
Journalist and author Irina Kolesnikova says ‘[Tamara Plashenko has] an innate, organic sense of proportion…balanced beautifully on the fine line that separates pure recitation from flagrant playacting, creating…a unique means of engagement and being upon the stage.’
The psychologist and psychiatrist Galina Birchanskaya says Tamara Plashenko’s performance is a ‘delicately perceptive, impeccable incarnation of…complex destinies that have been disfigured by deceit and betrayal’.
Layla Alexander Garrett
Layla Alexander Garrett is an author, playwright and Soviet film expert.
She has worked as an interpreter for some great icons of film and theatre, most notably with Andrei Tarkovsky on his last film ‘The Sacrifice’ (1986, Sweden). She is the author of a prize-winning memoir, ‘Andrei Tarkovsky: The Collector of Dreams’, as well as a photo album, ‘Andrei Tarkovsky: A Photographic Chronicle of the Making of The Sacrifice’. A documentary film based on the book was named the best national project 2011 and received the highest award at the national competition Service To The Fatherland: Events and Names.
Born in Uzbekistan, Alexander-Garrett has studied Russian language and literature, Tibetan language and Tibetan Buddhism, and graduated in Film Studies from Stockholm University. She has written, directed and produced a short film, ‘The Yawning Man’, and is also the author of the plays ‘Gaspard de la nuit. The Hanged Man’, ‘Not Losing a Son’, and 'English Breakfast'.
An active cultural figure, Alexander-Garrett organises numerous charity concerts and art festivals, including Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Paradjanov festivals in London. She has also curated photo exhibitions shown in many cities of the world. She currently lives in England.
People's Artist, Tamara Plashchenko, has been an actress at Kiev’s Theatre on the Podol from its inception under Vitaly Malakhov.
She is currently staging three one-woman shows with director Aleksandr Kryzhanovskii, Artistic Director of New Pechersk Theatre: ‘The Mirror and the Mask’, based on the short stories of Jorge Luis Borges; ‘The Provincial of the Century’, based on Gogol’s letters and novella, ‘The Notes of a Madman’; and ‘Gaspard de la Nuit. The Hanged Man’ by Layla Alexander-Garrett.
Aleksandr Kryzhanovskii was actor and director at Kiev's Theatre on the Podol between 1991 and 1998 and has been directorof New Drama Theatre on Pechersk, Kiev since 1999. His early career was spent studying and teaching at National Theatrical Institute, Kiev and Moscow's Academy of Art.