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VšĮ „Darbininkai“
Small Hall
Duration 1.30 (without intermission)

Premiere 2021

Author Martin Bellemare
Translated from French Akvilė Melkūnaitė
Director Dainius Gavenonis
Scenographer Dainius Liškevičius
Costume designer Gerūta Navickaitė
Lighting designer Eugenijus Sabaliauskas
Composer Dominykas Digimas

Rasa Samuolytė, Laurynas Jurgelis, Dainius Gavenonis, Aleksas Kazanavičius, Žygimantė Elena Jakštaitė / Greta Petrovskytė, Vaidas Vilius / Nerijus Milerius

The play takes place in a family where members are tolerant of each other, respect each other’s choices, and do not restrict each other’s freedom. The family cell in this case is a reflection of society.

Mary and Paul are over forty. Mary wants Paul to change jobs, but he doesn’t want to. He is an exemplary bureaucrat who has been working in a new state institution for several years and feels the social significance and responsibility of his activities. And now Max, their 18-year-old son, just got a job at the same institution as his father. The contemporary play by the Canadian playwright Martin Bellemare tells about an orderly, rational, structured society that grants and legalizes the right of citizens to decide when and in what way they want to end their lives. Freedom and death are the two main themes, which actor and director Dainius Gavenonis talks about together with the creative team in the play “Freedom”.

The theme of freedom in contemporary discourse is an often-recurring narrative. A free person who has the opportunity to choose, who tolerates the free choices of others is like a modern benchmark. Even if the choice is death, when a person consciously decides to end life. We often come across the attitude that we are the makers of our own destiny. With the disappearance of the principles of religion and faith, there is no longer a higher power than man. He controls the circumstances, creates himself, so he can choose his own death. It is not surprising that a person who has placed himself in such a responsible position remains alone with his power of choice. The creators of the show decided to talk about the limits of freedom and what responsibility we have towards ourselves and others under the concept of freedom.


The director of the play is theater and film actor Dainius Gavenonis. Born and raised in Kaunas, the actor graduated from the Lithuanian Theater Academy, acts and creates in the Oskaras Koršunovas Theater and the Lithuanian National Drama Theater. He also acts in Lithuanian cinema and is one of the actors of his generation who created the most film roles. Dainius Gavenonis has been recognized and awarded for his roles in theater and cinema:
in 2002 for the best drama actor role of the season in O. Koršunovas performance “Parasites” (Ministry of Culture prize);
in 2003 for the best drama actor role of the season in O. Koršunovas performance “Oedipus the King” (Ministry of Culture Award);
in 2009 Silver Crane for Best Performance by an Actor in “Perpetuum Mobile” and “Low Lights”;
in 2009 prize for the best actor of the international festival in Rijeka (Croatia) for his role in the play “Hamlet” by OKT / Vilnius City Theater;
in 2011 declared the best Lithuanian theater actor;
in 2012 Golden Cross of the Stage for the best drama actor (main role) in Jonas Vaitkus performance “Enemy of the Public”;
in 2013 Nikolay Levkoyev Award for acting excellence in the play “The lower depths” (at the VI Gorky Theater Festival in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia));
in 2015 Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize and many other awards for created roles in theater and cinema.
The play “Freedom” is already the third play directed by Dainius Gavenonis. The first – “Together” based on the play “Beans” by Daiva Čepauskaitė, October 2007, the second – based on the Viennese fairy tale “Closed evening”, October 2008. The performances were created together with set designer Jūratė Pauliukaitė.