The play's protagonist is LeeWei Kaplan, the legendary UN Secretary General who in the course of his long life united all of humanity in a single state. But instead of the unity he had hoped for, the world plunged into even more terrible historical cataclysms leading to the failure of Kaplan’s utopian project. The ex-politician is 129 now and wishes to die, but ceasing to exist is not that easy in this odd society, and Kaplan is forced to live in solitude, secluded from the world, looked after by an android servant assigned to him. The play consists of a series of peculiar encounters and dialogues gradually revealing the protagonist's controversial role in history, his private life and complex personal relationships. He wants to defeat his nemesis, Lazar Chomsky, and to get back his kidnapped daughter Samantha. It becomes clear that in the maelstrom of great ideas and deeds, the individual finds it increasingly difficult to preserve his true feelings and the poetry of existence. Is survival possible? Can human civilization persist?
A celebrated young author with several volumes of short stories and novels, Kirill Fokin has also established himself as a playwright in contemporary Russian literature. He is mainly interested in the various paths along which human society develops, which he depicts in his plays mostly through fictional alternative realities. REX is one of the most important plays in his collection Drama Futuro, published in 2021, a satirical dystopia that raises serious philosophical questions about the future of our civilisation, the globalisation of humanity and its consequences.
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Director and theatre manager, People’s Artist of Russia and winner of several prestigious State Prizes, including Honoured Art Worker of Poland. He has taught in Moscow and Krakow. In 1991, he founded the Meyerhold Theatrical and Cultural Centre, which he headed for 20 years. At present, he is the Manager of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, established in 1756, whose prestigious international theatre festival is a major event in Russia’s theatre life. He has received the Golden Mask Award twice. In 2016, the St Petersburg festival “Ten Valery Fokin Productions” showcased the evolution of his creative method. Fokin was the Artistic Director of the 2019 Russian-Japanese 9th International Theatre Olympics and is a member of the Olympics’ international committee.