Katerina Aksonova. Play after play. Candidate.


    Play Candidate.

    I had idea from October 2014. I wanted to finish play before Ukrainian parliament elections. I planned to write it as joke. But can’t, country had changed. “Political Dechradance” "Політичний Деграданс." was written in Ukrainian, and was comedy. I hoped that people won’t believe in promises about good life. I was wrong. Now we have what we have.

    The chief foundations of all states, new as well as old or composite, are good laws and good arms; and as there cannot be good laws where the state is not well armed, it follows that where they are well armed they have good laws. (The Prince by Nicolo Machiavelli)

    I wrote in University about pre-election polemics in newspapers. Made interviews with candidates. I learned political science at University. It even was my second of final exams. First was journalistic. I can’t understand how people can believe to unchangeable pledges.

    Since 18 years old I visited every election in our country. I made my mark in ballot paper. And never believed that the same person could do something new if spend more time in parliament.

    Politics in my country is second main theme after war. Before war debates in parliament were more popular than soap-operas.

    On poster I wrote title candidate with specific Spanish n. In one store with office supplements in Lviv were stencils with letters. Women had discussion to which language it suits. It was Spanish alphabet with usual mark “Made in China”. When I saw that misplaced item, immediately I had an idea for poster to my play and I bought stencil.

    I don’t think that Machiavelli could be out of fashion, to my pity. Human nature didn’t changed in centuries. I try to show that “The Prince” could put important questions, which country have to answer. And I want to show that candidates are not martyrs, they had job, some kind of job.

    Mail: aksioma@neonet.ua


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