“Summer Wasps Bite Us Even in November” is a story about two men and one woman who, without an idea how to fight the permanent solitude and meaninglessness, start the courageous and tragicomic journey across the world of messed up relations. They seek to find the solution in the situation in which there is no more normal communication. To liberate themselves from solitude and self-deceit, the protagonists seek to escape time, existence and themselves. The quest of truth eventually leads to the absurd. What remains is the rain, raining for the third day. What remains is the summer wasps, holy summer bees, which bite us even in November. It fascinates and agitates us. As always in the plays of Ivan Vyrypaev there is some fun and sadness, some cruelty and meaning of life.
The critics place Vyrypaev’s dramaturgy somewhere among the American fillm director Quentin Tarantino, the author of the famous Pulp Fiction, and the Russian film director Andrey Tarkovsky, the author of thefilm classic, Solaris.
According to Ivan Vyrypaev, the author of the play, “Summer Wasps Bite Us Even in November” is my favourite play. It is perhaps because of the mystery in the construction of the text itself. For example, there is an important detail about which the spectator of the play will never be informed although he could sense it. I do not assume how this play will be staged, how the director will unfold it and present it to the audience. I am sure that the show will contain love and light. However the staging of “Summer Wasps” would be very complex, therefore the directors face an uneasy task. No doubt, it is a bit of the author’s fault to use such presumably complex form, however, I hope that for everyone it will be funny and sad and useful”.
Žygimantė Jakštaitė, Laurynas Jurgelis, Kęstutis Cicėnas
2020 April 1