Gaspard de la Nuit
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
Gaspard de la Nuit is a one-woman play by British playwright Layla Alexander-Garrett performed in Russian with English supertitles by the renowned Ukranian actress, Honored Artist of Ukraine Tamara Plashenko.
"... play offers a glimpse into the painful choices faced by the most virtuous creatures of our time: the ones who dare to Love. Not since Chekhov has a Russian play touched quite so truthfully upon the genuine pain of having been born a daughter, in a time of cynics."
Maria Belaeff-Ianovsky, writer, literary critic London/Los-Angeles
In everyone's life comes a moment when the pleasant, "politically correct" world suddenly collapses, and corruption, lies, betrayal of the closest people, come to light. The person becomes seized by feelings of fear and hopelessness, the weight of which he may or may not survive. Only by diving beneath the surface and looking inside oneself - into the deepest and hidden-most corners of one's consciousness, only by facing - be it with horror! - the truth, can one find strength and dignity within one's soul. Only then is one capable of achieving understanding and forgiveness, and what is most important, protecting the honour and dignity of the closest person on earth...
Layla Alexander-Garrett's play, Gaspard de la Nuit is a wise, subtle, exquisite creation. The remarkable Tamara Plashenko, an actress from the renowned Kiev New Drama Theatre headed by Alexander Kryzhanovsky, delivers a virtuoso performance in which she gives life to a complicated portrayal of a human soul suddenly ambushed by the betrayal of a much-loved man. The colossal value of the author's playwriting resides in the capacity to elevate personal feelings to the universal level; in the gifted mastery of calling things by their right names and avoiding sentimentality in spite of the crushing weight and seeming hopelessness of the heroines personal drama.