Russian Institute of Theatrical Art - GITIS The course of SA Golomazov Maxim Gorky "MISSING. ATTEMPT TO READ
Meshchan - the lowest class of the townsfolk, people from artisans and small merchants (below the merchant class in their position in society). The dramatic sketch in 4 acts tells about the complexity of the relationship in the house of a prosperous philistine, where parents, children, distant relatives, lodgers, prizhivaly, freeloaders try to get along in one place. The first play, written by Maxim Gorky, "Meshchan" was the discovery of his time: unusual in form, content, character as a dramatic work; it was a challenge. After all, at that time, it was difficult to understand a play in which a virtuoso does not trigger a collision, it is not a master of one's own business, not a hero or a titan, but an ordinary and even insignificant person. The performance of Sergei Golomazov brings to the fore not the conflict between fathers and children or disagreements between the bearers of philistine and revolutionary world views, but the drama of the father of the family, the master of the house of Bessemenov, as well as of his children, residents, spongers - all with his own misfortune. A special atmosphere of the performance is given by such means of expressiveness as reading (in some places the characters are literally read from the sheet). As in the course of the play, moral, ideological judges and defendants change places, and in the course of the performance of the play the actors' roles change places: in several acts, several actors can play a role.