Money to Burn

Tragicomedy in two acts

This is quite a modern story with a wide range of colors, there is a sense of humor, almost a clown, and deep drama - there are affected and raised questions that in the "current time" sound modern and topically.


Remembering Mayakovsky’s words: “A theater is not a mirror, but a“ magnifying glass. ”A theater should always remain a theater, not a substitute for the life that it is called to reflect.”
 

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Characters:

Lidia - Irina Ibragimova

Vasilkov - Evgueniy Beliy, Eugene Semenov

Cheboksarova - Elena Semenova

Kuchumov - Sergey Ostrovsky

Glumov- Garik Polyakov

Telyatev - Nikolai Zapisochniy

Andrey - Eugene Semenov, Evgueniy Beliy

Ladies - Svetlana Vasilchenko, Julia Volardi, Maria Getahun, Irina Kholodnova

Waiter, Bailiff - Andrey Vovk

Production crew:

Stage Director - Irina Rogozina

Designer- Ekaterina Burova

Video - Dmitry Shakhov

Music Arrangement - Alexander Nikitin

Movement Instructor - Natasha Mirnaya

Technical Crew - Liza Yanovich

Scenes

Act I
Lidia Cheboksarova, a very attractive and ambitious young woman, is used to living in luxury without a care in the world. She enjoys her suitors’ attention and compliments without rushing to marry. However, her father’s dire financial situation comes as a wake-up call. Fearful of losing her social image, Lidia decides to settle down with someone who can sustain her extravagant life style. First, she feels confident about one of her suitors named Telyatev, who, however, openly refuses to marry her. Disappointed and hurt, Lidia decides to choose a provincial man named Vasilkov, who, rumor has it, is insanely rich. They marry.
 
Act 2

Vasilkov’s happiness was short-lived. Lidia continues to spend money on dresses and decor. However, her mother starts to worry; she starts to suspect that her son-in-law might not be as wealthy as Glumov and Telyatev were telling her. Vasilkov promises to pay Lidia’s bills one last time if they move to a smaller place, significantly cut down their expenses and stop receiving visitors. Lidia asks to make an exception for Kuchumov, who’s become like a family member to her. Without giving it a second thought, Vasilkov agrees. Lidia, however, tries to get money out of Kuchumov by flirting with him. He promises her to pay off her debt in exchange for her love. Vasilkov cannot forgive Lidia for her betrayal and leaves. Still awaiting Kuchumov’s help, Lidia and her mother move back to their old apartment. Finally, Telyatev tells them that Kuchumov is bankrupt and has no funds. Lidia asks to see Vasilkov.
He is indifferent to her plight. He offers her the position of housekeeper, and when he's satisfied with her performance, he takes her to St. Petersburg as his wife. She reluctantly agrees.

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