A HAPPY END
by Iddo Netanyahu
An incredibly touching and troubling story about the instability and fragility of life at the time of Hitler’s ascent to power… The events of the play culminate in “a happy end”, foreshadowing one of the greatest tragedies that humanity has undergone.
Iddo Netanyahu is an author, playwright and physician who lives in Jerusalem. His books include “The Rescuers”, a collection of short stories, “Yoni's Last Battle” about the rescue at Entebbe, and “Itamar K.”, an ironic and humorous novel of life in Israel.
“I am happy today, as any playwright would be when his work is shown in so original a manner and with such great artistry. What a wonderful cast, directed by a master of the theater! I certainly hope that our cooperation will continue into the future”.
I hope our cooperation will continue in future”.
An incredibly touching and troubling story about the instability and fragility of life at the time of Hitler's ascent to power… The events of the play culminate in “a happy end”, foreshadowing one of the greatest tragedies that humanity has undergone.
The mass murder of six million Jews – two thirds of European Jewry – was perpetrated by Nazi Germany in the territories it conquered during World War II. Could the danger to the individual Jew have been seen by him early on? This is the question that stands at the heart of the play.
27 of January was designated by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution as An International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Directed by Nabi Abdurakhmanov
Set designers Olga Belogujeva, Sukhrob Aliyorov
Costume designer Vassa Vasileva
Composer and arranger Albert Khalmurzaev
Choreographer Anna Trenina
Video designer Evgeniy Fuzulov
Music editor Dilafruz Gafurova
Translated from Hebrew by Olga and Daniel Fradkin
Leah Erdmann Vassa Vasileva
Mark Erdmann Anvar Kartaev
Diter Kraft Khasan Salikhov
Erich Erdmann Svyatoslav Kluev
Martha Feruza Rakhmatova
Anna Kamilla Abdurakhmanova, Mariya Ivanova
Waiter Obid Abdurakhmanov
People from the theatre Leyla Seid-Ogly, Maria Ivanova, Anna Marusina, Vladimir Kojanov, Sherzod Igamnazarov, Obid Abdurakhmanov, Kamilla Abdurakhmanova, Andrey Varakuta
Musical works of the following composers are used in the show:
R. Schumann, A. Webern, K. Weill, H. Pfitzner, A. Schoenberg, B. Goodman, as well as German songs and marches from the 20's and 30's of the 20th century.
Reproductions of pictures and sculptures by:
L. Afremov, H. Matisse, E. Schiele, A. Rodin, H. Bosch, F. Goya, C. Monet and others.
Lyrics by J.W. Goethe and P. Celan, performed by Fritz Stavenhagen in a recording.
Special thanks for their support to: Hillel Newman (Israel) and Regina Gottfried (Germany)
Duration of the performance – 1h.55min.
Professor Shukhrat Abbasov, Uzbek National film director: “This is the first time in 10 years that I have been so impressed by a theater piece. It literally brought tears of admiration to my eyes. It has a strikingly talented director, a theater culture of the highest order, brilliant acting, and the talent of the playwright Iddo Netanyahu. Vassa Vasileva, playing in the lead role, deserves the highest praise. She is, in my opinion, one of our greatest actresses. I have not encountered in a long time so much emotion, charm and penetrating ideas. The theme of Nazism, exposed here, is of a global nature and concerns all people”.
Nina Mazur, Deputy Director, UNESCO Theatre Critics Association (Germany): “This is real European theatre. The expressive force of the show is the result of the playwright's inner nobility, the precise and beautiful direction of Nabi Abdurakhmanov, the remarkable performances by the actors, the skilled use of modern visual technology, a unique way of defining the theater space, and the splendid music and costumes. The choreography deserves special mention: Its background compositions create a sense of the oncoming threat, so dark and merciless. The director has succeeded in showing us the tragedy of humanity through the drama of individuals".
Vladimir Ostrovskiy, Literary Department Chairman, Academic Russian Drama Theater of Uzbekistan: “The best show Tashkent has seen in the last decade… Its theme is of the greatest importance for the entire world. This show proves that the art of theater exists and is alive, and will remain so forever.”
Nina Vetkasova, "Noviy Vek" newspaper (Uzbekistan): “Emotes a strong reaction from the discerning spectator… Allows us to delve deeply into its subject matter and feel the dark wave of fear and despair that envelops the characters… A unique language of theater…“
Regina Gottfried, Theatre Critic (Germany): “I loved the mise-en-scene where a pensive Leah is running her fingers over the pearls. She carries so much unspeakable sadness and a sense of foreboding… Vassa Vasileva is truly great. The costumes are a treat of fireworks and style, and the music score is chosen with refinement and knowledge. The gestures are perfectly chosen – a sharp turn of the hand, a flap of the eyelashes, the exact steps of the 'extras' framing the stage. But they are not 'extras' at all – they are part and parcel of all that is happening, trembling and reacting with finesse to the changes of atmosphere. The modern scenography works superbly and is very fitting here – a play of shadows bringing the unfathomable into clear view”.