Notes from the Director

Notes from the Director: Anatoly Antohin

I wrote a lot of pages about “why Caligari”?

Why would I direct my last show at UAF based on a silent movie, without a script?

Well, that is what a director does, creati ng new “texts” and “meanings” using stage languages.
I know that I won’t come with good director’s notes for this show. Why would I like to tell a story of Dr. Caligari, the old man who wanted to have the powers over life and death? It must be about myself. Or maybe his son Cesare, the somnambulist, is me, dreamed through my days and years? The simple German silent movie, circa 1919, was becoming in my imagination a love story of a sleepwalking boy and the soul of a girl, who never knew that she was in love…

Then came out the stories of the dead mothers, who sti ll act as guardian angels for their children, the spirits that are always near us.

Some characters never evolved fully, like the old beggar with the angelic face, Sophi, or even the Three Sisters, the witches, the fates, the gypsies…

Well, it was an improvisation. For me, for the actors, for the designers. Besides white and black magic, there is another one — theatre magic, and I wanted to see if we could create this “virtual theatre” of images and ideas. Something like a little poem on stage. A ballad, a sonnet without words.

I thank the cast and crew for their courage to dream with me this spring, and their belief that live theatre is about live people in front of other live souls.

I do not say goodbye to Alaska; Africa is just a click away. Lul Theatre, where I will continue my day dreaming, awaits with more stories to be brought to life.


You might also be interested in reading “The Story of the Play” – as told to the cast through the Assistant Director early-on during the rehearsal process.