I HAD A COUSIN
Organiser SA Vaba Lava
Time when criminals ruled Baltic countries seems to be time of the past. Nowadays it seems that these criminals have been legalizing their organizations and they all have moved into legitimate business, but it might not be so.
“I HAD A COUSIN” is created by director Valters Sīlis collaborating with playwright Rasa Bugavičute – Pēce. Rasa is half Latvian half Lithuanian.This is a story about her and her Lithuanian cousin Deimantas. They grew up together. She grew up to be a writer. He became one of the leading figures in Kaunas mafia, who got killed in 2015 by two Estonian hitmen at age 27.
This is a very personal story, told by the perspective of Rasa and observes how the cousin got more and more involved in organised crime. The performance has an aim to get glimpse of understanding what are the social circumstances and what are the very personal motivations to become king of the world in this way even if it means that your life can be very short.
ON STAGE Rea Lest & Henrik Kalmet
DIRECTOR Valters Sīlis (LV)
DRAMATURG Rasa Bugavičute – Pēce (LV)
SCENOGRAPHER Uģis Bērziņš (LV)
VIDEO DESIGNER Laura Romanova
LIGHTING DESIGNER Priidu Adlas
SOUND DESIGNER Raido Linkmann
STAGE MANAGER Tuuli Raadik
PRODUCER Liisa Liksor
Premiere on 8.05.2020 at Vaba Lava Tallinn
Duration of the performance is 1 hour 40 min
Produced by SA Vaba Lava
Valters Sīlis (1985) graduated the Latvian Academy of Culture in 2010 and has been since working both in small independent theatres and on the big stage of the National Theatre. From early on, Valters became known for his documentary theatre productions that illuminated critical moments in the recent Latvian history and focusing on urgent sociopolitical an ecological issues locally and globally (Legionnaires, 2011, National Development Plan, 2013, Lost Antarctica, 2015, 3 Musketeers – East of Vienna, 2016). Valters’ inquisitive, informal and honest attitude is also present in his latest work that turns greater attention to micro-histories and choices of individuals in specific contexts, often focusing on young people (Being Nationalist, 2017, Boy Who Saw in The darkness, Based on a Book, 2019).
- LAVASTAJA Valters Sīlis (LV)
- DRAMATURG Rasa Bugavičute – Pēce (LV)
- TÕLKIJA Contra
- KUNSTNIK Uģis Bērziņš (LV)
- VIDEOKUJUNDAJA Laura Romanova
- VALGUSKUJUNDAJA Priidu Adlas
Laval Rea Lest ja Henrik Kalmet