What Shall We Do with the Cello? | Play | Ivan Vazov National Theatre
07 June, Friday 19:30 "Apostol Karamitev" Stage

What Shall We Do with the Cello?

01 h 10 m
Age restriction
Not suitable for persons under 12

Production team:

Set Designer
Marina Raychinova
Costume designer
Marina Raychinova


by Matei Vişniec



Ognian Stamboliev


Nikolay Polyakov

Set & Costume Design:

Marina Raichinova


Anna Pampulova


Waiting. The sacred theme of any absurd drama.

Many wise people believe that the human life cycle has three stages: birth, waiting, and death. Waiting in all its endless variantswork, inactivity, long-distance or short-distance running or jogging in place, travelling or dreaming about travelling, sickness or health, either in the comfort of nature or in an enclosed space (barred at times)invariably arrives at its final endpoint. And this is neither pessimistic nor optimistic. This is simply our encounter with time; time flies inexorably forward, paying no heed to our approval or discontent.

Art is perhaps the most worthwhile emanation of waiting. Maybe it is. But then again, art is the privilege of a chosen few that stirs up hatred at a subconscious level among the waiting majority.

Though irresolvable, the conflict is funny at times.

Enjoy Matei Vişniec and his version of waiting.

Nikolay Polyakov


On a gloomy rainy day, a man with a newspaper, an old man with a cane, and a woman with a veil sit, waiting for an unspecified something, maybe a train or something else, in the waiting room of a train station. In a corner, a man with a cello is playing a bit of an annoying piece of music. Initially, the three don’t mind the music. Then they begin to ask themselves how he plays without scores, which piece he performs, and whether is he paid to repeat the same tune. At first, they feel slightly exasperated; then grow disgruntled and then completely intolerant of the other, of the artist, or simply of a man living a lifestyle in its own right, different and completely unfathomable. All that remains is the cello and the question of what to do with it. Now that the problem with the man was solved, what about the object?



PhD Svetlana Pancheva

Assistant director:

Meglena Dimitrova

Poster and leaflet designer:

Yanina Petrova


Bozhidar Markov


Premiere: 2nd, 3rd 4th and 6th of October 2020

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