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The Miracle of St. Anthony (16+)

  • Author: Maurice MAETERLINCK
  • Translation from French: N. MINSKY and L. VILKINA
  • Stage director and scenography: Vyacheslav DOLGACHEV
  • Dress Designer: Dariya KILOCHEK
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The first performance: November 9, 2011

Duration of performance: 1 hour 40 minutes (with intermission)

Maurice Maeterlinck is more known as an author of the philosophical parable, the play «The Blue Bird»; but he is also invented a story about the modern miracles made by Saint Anthony from Padua. The play «The Miracle of Saint Anthony» was written in the early XX century and its outer simplicity and inner depth attracted the attention of such great directors as V. Meyerhold and E. Vakhtangov.

Have you ever met people who think their social status is more important than the truth and the meaning of the life itself? The heirs of a rich mademoiselle Hortense are exactly this kind of people, they seem well educated and decent, they are respectful and are in high esteem among the citizens. Nothing can stop them from making the decent funerals and ruin their reputation. The funeral cortege becomes a meticulously planned operation, the main purpose of which is to make others speak respectfully of them. And although the very Saint Anthony stays together with them, who can make miracles, they are only preoccupied with their inheritance and with the crack in the floor’s tile. The miracle of resurrection is nothing for them. What is a mere human life compared with millions of bank notes, luxurious houses, the trout with Schubert sauce and baked partridges?..

Only the na?ve but gentle-hearted housemaid, who is not coincidentally called Virginie by the author, sincerely believes in Miracle. She sees that heirs, satisfied and glossy from wine, are not able to perceive the miracles because of their habit to find scientific and practical explanations for any event. But defying all reasons the Miracle happens, for nothing can stand against the force of Divine Providence!

Can this miracle change the course of family’s life, and how people will respond to this?..