It is not for the first time that the students of Victor Ryzhakov’s course at the School-Studio of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre have turned to Platonov’s texts. Last year they presented "Platonov. The First Meeting", a play composed of extracts from the writer’s several works. The production is followed by yet another premiere – "Fro", based on one of the most popular staging texts by Platonov.
The key to "Fro" was found in the old Soviet film: the production design is dictated by the aesthetics of that time and the actors play within the constraints of the genre.
"The text sounded authentic. That is how they acted back then, delivering the speeches like those, - says Mikhail Rakhlin, the director, Moscow Art Theatre School graduate. – Despite sarcasm, we still harbor a yearning for what’s never meant to be, what’ll never come back. Characters of that era believed so, dreamed so and spoke so. Devoid of scepsis and cynicism. Living 200 %. But we are familiar with the context and we know their future. We know what’s in store for those people, Platonov’s characters, what will happen to the country, which the characters themselves aren’t aware of yet."
The School-Studio МХАТ is a worldwide famous university functioning on the basis of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre founded in 1943.
Victor Ryzhakov is a theatre director, teacher and the artistic director of the Meyerhold Theatre Centre. He is the Honored Artist of Russia and the laureate of Stanislavsky Award in the nomination "For the Development of Theatre Pedagogy", the national "Golden Mask" award and others.
He is engaged in productions at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre, Praktika Theatre, DOC Theatre, Petr Fomenko Theatre, Satirikon Theatre, Theatre of Nations and abroad.