The President Has Come To See You
Georgia is at war. Again. And the President can’t cope. So he abandons his post and flees into the city to hide in the homes of his unsuspecting civilians.
An absurd comedy about cowardice and power.
“The Royal Court’s festival programmed by playwrights has an intoxicating energy.” Daily Telegraph
Lasha Bugadze is a writer based in Tbilisi, Georgia. His previous credits include Otari, Nugzar and the Mephistopheles and Naphthaline. He is also the author of numerous novels, essays and short stories and has received a number of awards in his native country. The President Has Come To See You was developed on 2011 Royal Court International Residency and was first staged as a rehearsed reading at the Royal Court in March 2013, as part of the Royal Court’s season of New Plays from Georgia and Ukraine.
Donald Rayfield is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at the University of London. His published work includes Anton Chekhov: A Life, Dream of Lhasa: The Life of Nikolay Przhevalsky (1839-88), Explorer of Central Asia and Stalin and His Hangmen. His work as a translator includes Dead Souls.
The President Has Come To See You is presented as part of International Playwrights: A Genesis Foundation Project, with additional support from the British Council.
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