Esa Leskinen and Sami Keski-Vähälä’s new play “The Overcoat” is a modern reinterpretation of the legendary Nikolai Gogol’s story (published in 1842).The story is widely regarded as one of the most influential literary short stories and a absurdist comedy, fantasy and realism pioneered.
Akaky Akakievich – a sympathetic, but inconspicuous bank clerk – finds himself in financial dire straights, and decides that the key to his own personal happiness would be a brand new overcoat. This fateful decision sends Akaky on an amazing journey through jungle of modern working life, and the ever stranger twists and turns of the global economy, all the way to the very fundamental question of his existence. The Overcoat is a very funny comedy, but it is also a gripping statement about alienation in a world where laws and principles have become unfathomable and about the unquenchable desire to find happiness and love.
Ryhmäteatteris The Overcoat (Päällystakki) was premiered in February 2009.
The same setup guest played at Ryhmäteatteri in November 2011. Read more here (in Finnish).
Screenplay by: Esa Leskinen and Sami Keski-Vähälä