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.