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The Cross of Freedom

Indrek Hargla

The contents and subject matter of this production may be classified for 30 years. A new Silent Era is upon us.
The play is about the power games of the first Estonian Republic. The 1924 establishment of the society club Centum. Aia street 12. Politics, business deals, grand parties, European diplomats and royalties, spy games. The party went on until 1940.
We witness the political skill of president Päts. The political collapse brought on by general Laidoner's debts. The influence on Estonian politics by Communist manipulators, headed by Rei. All bills paid by the business tycoon Puhk. The establishment of secret police by Eenpalu. The imprisonment by Päts of foreign ministers and diplomats Pusta and Piip. The Nazification by force of participants in the Estonian War of Freedom, and the doom of Sirk.
Not much remains from the first Estonian Republic, besides portrait photos. We do not know much about the Silent Era. We do know the results, however. Today, we are beginning to see familiar patterns. Long-term power corrupts.
The production features Ants Eskola, a zeppelin over Tallinn, the tennis match infamous in Estonia, and Palusalu as a prison guard before winning a golden medal in the Berlin Olympics.
The comparison with modern times is astounding.

Hendrik Toompere jr.

Opens on 4. April 2014 on the Big Stage.

Director: Hendrik Toompere jr.
Design: Ervin Õunapuu (guest)
Sound design: Lauri Kaldoja (guest)
Choreography: Üüve-Lydia Toompere (guest)

Actors: Ivo Uukkivi, Ain Lutsepp, Tõnu Oja, Jüri Tiidus, Harriet Toompere, Guido Kangur, Indrek Sammul, Uku Uusberg, Roland Laos, Raimo Pass, Marta Laan, Liisa Pulk (guest), Liis Haab (guest), Tiit Sukk, Lauri Kaldoja (guest).

Dates Start time Kirjeldus Stage