Youth Theatre on the Fontanka (St. Petersburg)
Etudes on the lovely people in Vasily Shukshin's short stories.
Why is it that today we're so in want of these characters, so bizarre in their honesty? Semyon Spivak, the artistic director of the Youth Theatre on the Fontanka, is certain that this internet age, this age of a constant flow of information crashing down on people and causing them to rearrange their values, directly threatens human interaction. As a result, we long for the warmth that comes from honest, direct dealings with other people more and more. Shukshin's characters are so genuine, so desperate and hot-tempered in their mindless love for live and so unsparing of their emotions that they can provoke a reciprocal burst of feeling in us and impart their authentic wisdom, capable of making us wish for a purer worldview and impartial attitude towards it.