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The Case of the Lost Friend



Juhan Ulfsak and Taavi Eelmaa have worked as actors at Estonia’s avant garde theatre, the Von Krahl Theatre, for over ten years. Their acting style, but also their broader activity in making the Von Krahl Theatre’s artistic choices has brought an anarchistic, conceptual and critical style to Estonia. A few years ago, Juhan Ulfsak started directing plays. Taavi Eelmaa, on the other hand, has published poetry and all sorts of other texts since the end of the 1980’s.
 “I escape into poetry,” says Eelmaa in an interview. “I have always escaped and will continue to do so in the future as well.” The Case of the Lost Friend, directed by Ulfsak and written by Eelmaa, is a poetic, anarchistic and baroque play about the function of friendship in contemporary society. While we have already heard of love that transcends class, is friendship that transcends class possible as well? Is friendship between two equals only an illusion because there is no such thing as two equals? Does friendship have any place at all in contemporary society? We find all of this out only when friendship has already been lost.
The play follows the dreamlike march of four characters into the depths of consciousness of fears, expectations and doubts. They encounter the Other, they encounter themselves, they encounter the unnamed. The cast consists of NO99 Theatre actors.

Director Juhan Ulfsak (Von Krahl Theatre)
Dramaturg Taavi Eelmaa (Von Krahl Theatre)
Art Director Kairi Mändla
Music Designer Hendrik Kaljujärv

Cast: Marika Vaarik, Mirtel Pohla, Gert Raudsep, Rasmus Kaljujärv, Lauri Lagle

Premier on January 18 at Theatre NO99


Thank you Alexander McQueen and Canali.

Photos: Kulla Laas