LITHUANIAN NATIONAL DRAMA THEATER (LIETUVOS NACIONALINIS DRAMOS TEATRAS)
The performance-laureate of the Supreme Theater Award of Lithuania "Golden Cross of the Stage" in 2016
"Best Direction" - Christian Lupa
"The best video design" - Lukash Tvarkovsky
"Best Actor" - Valentinas Masalskikh for the role of Schuster,
"Best Actress" - Egle Gabrenaite for the role of Frau Zittel
The play by Thomas Bernhard "Heroes Square" was written in 1988, a year before the author's death and is a kind of warning to modern society. Events also take place in 1988, but refer us to a specific day - March 15, 1938, on this day Adolf Hitler performed in the central square of Vienna - Heroes Square. After 50 years in an apartment, near the Heroes' Square, Shuster's family gathers together. Professor Shuster, thinker and philosopher who fled from the Nazis from Austria to Oxford, the mayor of Vienna suggested returning to the university in the 60s. However, returning to Vienna, he sees no other way out than suicide. Precisely because the situation in modern Austria is "much worse than 50 years ago". The fate of Joseph Schuster in the political drama openly exposes the political, moral and spiritual understanding of the situation in Austria.
The performance based on the play "Heroes' Square" was staged at the Lithuanian National Drama Theater (Vilnius) by one of the leaders of the modern world theater, the famous Polish director Christian Lupa. For this performance, Christian Lupe was awarded the highest Lithuanian theater prize - the Golden Cross of the stage. In the summer of 2016, "Heroes' Square" became one of the main events of the Avignon Festival. The problems of the reflection of the Austrians, reflected by Thomas Bernhardt, at the end of the twentieth century turned out to be relevant for the whole of modern society.
Christian Lupa is a laureate of many prestigious professional awards and awards, including the Gold Medal for Merit in Culture "Gloria Artis", the Order of the Renaissance of Poland, the French Order of Arts and Literature and the Austrian Honorary Badge "For Science and Art". On the stage of the Alexandrinsky Theater, Christian Lupa staged his first Russian performance, the premiere of this version of Chekhov's "The Seagull" opened in 2007 the program of the Second International Alexandrinsky Theater Festival.
In 2016, the performance was awarded the prize of the French Association of Theater Critics ("Best International Performance in France").