Zelensky in the play “Khaziayin” (The Master): truth or fake?
In Ivan Karpenko-Kary’s play, “Khaziayin” (The Master), a character named Zelensky takes center stage as one of the household managers. However, in the play of the same name at the Podil Theatre, this character is now known as Zalusky.
Readers have reached out, urging us to fact-check the information presented on the screenshot beneath this post. The author of the post asserts that The Master, written by Ivan Karpenko-Kary, shows an inept household manager named Zelensky, who complains about his subordinate “serfs” who “wield too much power” and frets that “they might talk too much.”
In this latest rendition at the Podil Theatre, directed by Uryvsky, The Master’s narrative relates the events in the present day and Zelensky becomes… Zalusky. All the other characters retain their first and last names.
This is true.
In Ivan Karpenko-Kary’s original play, The Master, one of the household managers bears the name Zelensky, as confirmed here.
The Podil Theatre recently premiered a play bearing the same title. However, this isn’t a mere reproduction but rather a contemporary vision crafted by director Ivan Uryvsky, a “master of modern interpretations of the classics”.
In this version, as presented by the director, the same but re-imagined character formerly known as Zelensky now answers to the name Zalusky, portrayed by actor Serhiy Syplyvy