Trip to the End of the Forest is based on the short story Hunters of Ohemäe by Juhan Jaik, a mysterious writer from South of Estonia. On an ordinary day, a couple of villagers go to the forest and never return. The old grudge against the forest raises its head again. Preparations are made for an expedition that should clear things up and establish power hierarchies for good. But something goes wrong. The forest does not surrender without a fight.
This is a play for people who long for the soft touch of storytelling. This is a play for people who expect theatre to offer an emotional rush and experimental acting. This is a play for people who like to give contemporary context to everything happening on the stage. This is a play for people who want to sit in the dark in the middle of a workweek, be led someplace that does not really exist and be told about something that nevertheless could always happen.
Lauri Lagle's new production tells a story from the beginning to the end but also offers forays and digressions. The characters are fleshed out in increasing detail, moments gain volume, the story simmers and swells. Gather around! Fan out! Tell me, dog, what did you see in the forest! Tell me now!
Premiere: 17 August 2023 at the Chamber Hall of Sakala 3 Teatrimaja.