Night of January 16th

Night of January 16th

Theatre play
by Ayn Rand
Translation: Zlatna Kostova
Director: Plamen Markov
set and Costume design: Mira Kalanova
Composer: Kalin Nikolov
Cast: Nikolay Antonov, Yuliyan Rachkov, Nikolay Varbanov, Mila Bancheva, Lora Mutisheva, Silvia Petkova, Lilia Maraviglia, Daria Simeonova, Mihail Milchev, Rosen Belov, Plamen Manasiev, Petya Silyanova, Simona Halacheva, Ivaylo Geraskov, Yuli Malinov, Anton Grigorov
Photos: Simon Varsano
Night of January 16th is the first play staged in Bulgaria by the US writer and philosopher Ayn Rand who is otherwise well-known for her novels and treatises (Ideal, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged).

She formulated the ideas of objectivism, or the “philosophy for living on earth”. It is precisely those ideas that are engaged in an unusual dispute in this performance and its end depends on the reactions of spectators. A New York courtroom in 1930s. Clerk Karen Andre is charged with the murder of her boss and, as it turns out, her lover. But there are many obscure questions surrounding the death case. Secrets, behind-the-curtain games, intrigues, love and greed for power turn up in the course of the proceedings. And here comes the main provocation: members of the audience assume the roles of jurors who must decide how far an individual’s boundaries and rights can be pushed in his/hers pursuit for happiness. “We will try to give the audience a chance to face Ayn Rand’s ideas by rediscovering her. Thus we hope to get closer to a real discussion” – this is how director Plamen Markov states his intention and he materializes it with a powerful and convincing cast.

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