EARLY SPRING 1918

"The sober utilitarianism of Estonians is developed to such an extent that they do not even understand questions that are not clearly practical – they do not have any Western-like ideals" /Hermann von Keyserling/

The title of the play “Early Spring 1918” about the birth of the Estonian nationhood characterizes the messy times that the audience is brought into: the Republic has been declared, however, the German occupation has taken the hope for a future – like snow in March can destroy spring signs and feelings for a moment.

The scene of "Early Spring 1918" is a devastated manor in the countryside that its owner, a middle-aged intellectual count, is visiting for the last time for a goodbye. In this desolate surrounding a sensitive and melancholic love story between the count and his young Estonian secretary starts.

 The play has been written and will be staged for the 90th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

Duration: 2 h. One intermission.
Premiere: 6 August 2008 in National Library Theatre Hall

Author: Indrek Hirv
Director: Tõnu Lensment
Designer: Liina Unt
Performers: Ago Soots, Meelis Põdersoo, Tanel Saar, Tõnu Oja (Estonian Drama Theatre), Elina Pähklimägi, Maria Lee Liivak
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