About the play “To smoke grass”

Author: Egils Snore

Genre: drama

Cast size: 2: 1 male, 1 female

Synopsis:  It is a story about love and misunderstanding of two people coming from different generations, based on the background of post soviet socially historical circumstances. He (age of 39) – the representative of about hippie generation, She – representative of “Snicker’s” generation, a student.  “Let’s smoke  grass” – it is not appeal to try drugs, it is a generation of 20 years olds desire for getting themselves into the other world full of spirituality.

In the original this play is meant for two actors He and She with some masses. The play in Latvia National Theatre is staged as only a two actors play. Small budget performance.

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The play is not about drug addicts but about two people of different generations and their love.

He is a teacher (39) and she (23) is a student. The phrases “let’s smoke grass”, “can you get me grass” are uttered by her several times during the text of the play and it conveys a desire to enter a different spiritual world.

He represents the generation of former hippies and to a large extent he has retained the ideals of his young days, has “pickled” them (socialism with its stagnation to an extent has provided such a chance), and she wants to be there with him, in his youth. She desperately implores him to give her a photograph from his young days… Yet the picture cannot restore the times gone. It is hard to live in two worlds at a time – in the spiritual world and the material one. And today’s world is much more material.

It is easier for him. Having lived for many years in an inner opposition to the reality he has learned to live by the minimum. He Would almost be ready to live with only one thought that his lectures are wanted by somebody. Then unexpectedly comes love. It demands at least some comfort, protection, guarantees. He is unable to provide those in the given social reality…

She has an ebullient temperament. She loves him, seeking understanding and protection, she loves him aggressively. On the walls of the shabby dump where they meet she writes lines from Tina Turner’s song “You’re the best”. He says that he’s never know by heart such long poems with the exception of Nekrasov’s  “The Railway” (The image of railway, the train crops up in the play repeatedly). She asks him teasingly if she could call him “daddy”. She tells him about her pals and lovers. About the princes of her dreams… She wants to get there – in the world of his youth and at the same time she wants him here where she’d be happy to imagine herself in a TV commercial or as a model.

“O.K.” she says after current row. Perhaps you are right. But you screen off my light with your truth. (Explodes.) It’s hard for us! You don’t even realise how hard it is! We want to make our mark! We are young! But you’re young too. Yet it’s happened so that your generation has got stuck. And now we must fight against each other.

 “Are we fighting?”

 “Yes, in reality we are.”

They don’t stay together. Yet they part with love. They part wishing to start it all anew. They part wishing to enter another world and be with each other at the same time.

Play was written in: 1995

Performance History: Latvian National Theatre – in 1996, Daugavpil’s Theatre in 2008.

Email author: Egils Snore – egilssnore@inbox.lv

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