A play that is like a slap to society
ADO Theatre exists solely based on the troupe’s efforts. Elmin Badalov, the director, says that they wanted to create an absolutely independent theater, with no censorship or any kind of restrictions, to be absolutely free. It has turned out that such freedom means imited funds-the theater operates in a residential building, moving from one place to another from time to time. A lease must be paid, but a performance ticket costs only AZN 5 (about US$3). Each actors has another job to earn his/her living. They buy costumes and equipment on their own or they bring them from home. But they truly believe their favorite thing to do in the world is worth it.
ADO Theatre is the successor of ODA Theatre, established on July 15, 2013. In its performances, ODA Theatre raised many critical issues and touched some ‘uneasy’ topics. There was no censorship in its performances either. The plays by classic writers and renowned contemporary playwrights were staged.
Then, ODA Theater management decided that its mission was completed and it created ADO theater, using the same troupe, that was even farther from the ‘canonical’ theater. They decided to give up a standard hall and stage. The audience has started participating in the performances. The actors create a new image of the architypal hero, a new vision and interpretation to their plays. ADO troupe members have also tried their hand at drama. For example, “Stop!”- a play written by Elmin Badalov, the theatre director.
The performance of this play is both emotional and schematic. According to Elmin Badalov, the play was conceived to be a provocation, as a slap to society. The intention of the creaters of the play is so that the audience should be able to recognize themselves in one, two or even in all characters. This is what is required of them, the audience.