The State Drama Theater named after Vahram Papazyan in Stepanakert faced a number of problems in the post-war period, but this does not prevent the cultural center from continuing its activities.
“In the post-war period, the theater faced two problems. The first is the recruitment of actors, since after the war our main characters moved to the Republic of Armenia or the Russian Federation. We are solving the issue, trying to attract new actors, because we have talented young people who have expressed a desire to work with us. The biggest problem now is the lack of material resources. The theater seems to be out of sight of the relevant authorities. We do not have funding for new performances, but we try to work as much as possible with our own funds. After the war, the theater presented the audience with 3 new performances: “The Scarlet Flower”, “Three Apples Fell From the Sky” and “Monster on the Moon”. The latter was in Russian, since we were going to tour the Russian Federation, but it was postponed due to restrictions, ”A. Harutyunyan presented.
Our interlocutor said that this year the Stepanakert Theater toured in Yerevan, Hrazdan, Artashat, Gyumri, Vanadzor, and within the framework of the “Lori” festival – in Stepanavan and Tashir.
“On the eve of the New Year, we plan to organize an event for schoolchildren and give gifts to children. However, there are some difficulties in gift making associated with sponsorship. If there are people who want to give our children a holiday, we will only be glad, ”he said.
Speaking about the future activities of the theater, the director said that in 2022 the 90th anniversary of the drama theater will be celebrated, and an event will be organized on this occasion. “The passed path of the theater will be presented at the event. Small excerpts from different performances will be shown. We are planning to implement a very interesting and beautiful program. According to the developed new program, we will have three new performances in the near future, unfortunately, we did not attract funds to stage the fourth. We will stage the play “Thumbelina” for children, present to the audience the patriotic performance “The Position of the Immortals” about the 4-day April war. We also included Nikolai Gogol’s comedy “The Marriage” in the program. The program is quite large and complex, but we will definitely implement it, ”our interlocutor emphasized.
The director considers the condition of the building to be problematic: “The stage of the existing theater is very small, but we are adapting it to the performances. We solved the problems with sound and light with our own means. We bought a generator and a projector. We try to acquire everything on the proceeds from ticket sales in order to fill the gap, to preserve the theater, each of us, in turn, contributes to the current activity of our hearth, which lasts for years, ”A. Harutyunyan noted.
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