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Alytus City Theater
Small Hall
Duration 1.20 (without intermission)

Premiere 2022

Author Pavlo Arie
Translation to Lithuanian language Andrius Merkevičius
Director and stage decisions Stas Zhyrkov
Composer Bohdan Lysenko
Sound director Justinas Raudonis
Lighting designer Natali Melnychuk
Author of video projections Alius Mikelionis
Assistant director Alma Purvinytė

Cast – Vaidas Praspaliauskas

The play by Ukrainian playwright Pavlo Arie was written in the first 14 days of Russia’s full-scale war against Ukraine. These texts from historical memory give our descendants the opportunity to understand situations that have occurred and know the truth about what happened. This performance has literary and historical value.

The entire European world is in suspense. People do not know and do not understand how to live when there is a war in your country. Fear and not knowing how to deal with a problem create chaos. But the main thing, always and in everything, is a person. His path of struggle, awareness, acceptance, and struggle…

Fix these events in time and live together with the audience and an actor for these 14 days. 14 days – when your whole familiar, beloved, free world becomes different. 14 days when you go from denial to acceptance. 14 days, each of which is a new life. 14 days of loss and pain. 14 days when life will never be the same again. Or will it?


In 2008 Stas Zhyrkov graduated from the acting and directing course at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, led by Petro Ilchenko and Kateryna Pivovarova. In 2008, Stas Zhyrkov together with Kseniya Romashenko founded the independent theater “Open Look”. In 2011, Zhyrkov became a laureate of the Kyiv Pectoral Theater Award in the nomination For Best Director’s Debut – the play “Natasha’s Dream” by Yaroslav Pulinovich.
In 2016 he was invited to the Magdeburg Theater to participate in the German – Ukrainian Festival “Wild East. Event Ukraine”. There he produced a performance based on Pavlo Arie’s play “At the beginning and end of time”. Since 2016 he is the Head of the youth policy at the National Union of Theatre Workers of Ukraine (NUTWU). In 2017 he implemented the project “Why Mykhailo Gurman Did Not Survive” – a contemporary version of Ivan Franko’s classic play “Stolen Happiness” together with Pavlo Arie and the Magdeburg Theater.
From 2014–2017 Stas Zhyrkov was teaching directing at the Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts.
In 2017 he was awarded the honorary title “Merited Artist of Ukraine”.
From 2014–2019 he was the artistic director of the Golden Gate Theater, in Kyiv.
From 2019–2022 Artistic Director of the Kyiv Academic Drama and Comedy Theater on the left bank of the Dnipro river.
S. Zhyrkov – multiple winner of theater awards and international festivals. “Stalkers” and “Glory to Heroes” performances in 2016 and 2017 were awarded by the Kyiv Pectoral awards in the nominations – Best Chamber Hall Performance and Best Directing.