We | Yevgeny Zamyatin

“We” by Yevgeny Zamyatin


Premiere 15th May 2015
Attis Theatre – “New Space”


Zero Point Theatre Group presents Yevgeny Zamyatin’s dystopic-futuristic novel We.



Fragment from the play: 

I- 330:

My dear, you are a mathematician. More—you are a mathematical philosopher. Well, then: name me the final number.

D- 503:

What do you mean? I … I don’t understand: what final number?

I- 330:

Well, the final, the ultimate, the largest.

D- 503:

But that’s preposterous! If the number of numbers is infinite, how can there be a final number?

I- 330:

Then how can there be a final revolution? There is no final one; revolutions are infinite. The final one is for children: children are frightened by infinity, and it’s important that children sleep peacefully at night…



A few words upon the play:

We is set in the future. D-503, a spacecraft engineer, lives in the One State, an urban nation constructed almost entirely of glass, which allows the secret police/spies to inform on and supervise the public more easily. The structure of the state is analogous to the prison design concept developed by Jeremy Bentham commonly referred to as the Panopticon. Furthermore, life is organized to promote maximum productive efficiency along the lines of the system advocated by the hugely influential F. W. Taylor. People march in step with each other and wear identical clothing. There is no way of referring to people save by their given numerical codes. The society is run strictly by logic or reason, as the primary justification for the laws of the society.The individual’s behaviour is based on logic by way of formulas and equations outlined by the One State.

We is a first-person narrative written as a diary by D-503, a mathematician and builder of the Integral, the spaceship One State has constructed to dominate and subjugate the inhabitants of other planets. The diary is to be carried on the space mission and is addressed to the unknown beings of these planets, in order to explain and justify their subjugation. During his mission, D-503 meets I-330 an enigmatic woman and falls in love. As he surrenders to this forbidden love, things will take an unexpected turn…
A few words about the Writer:

Yevgeny Ivanovich Zamyatin (1884-1937) was born in Lebedyan, Tambov Governorate, 300 km south of Moscow. His father was a Russian Orthodox priest and schoolmaster, and his mother a musician. He studied naval engineering in Saint Petersburg from 1902 until 1908; during that time he joined the Bolsheviks. He was arrested during the Russian Revolution of 1905 and sent into internal exile in Siberia. However, he escaped and returned to Saint Petersburg, where he lived illegally before moving to Finland in 1906, to finish his studies. After returning to Russia, he began to write fiction as a hobby. He was arrested and exiled a second time in 1911, but amnestied in 1913. Despite having been a prominent Old Bolshevik, Zamyatin was deeply disturbed by the policies pursued by the CPSU following the October Revolution. In 1921, We became the first work banned by the Soviet censorship board. Zamyatin arranged for We to be smuggled to the West for publication. The subsequent outrage sparked within the Party and the reaction of the Union of Soviet Writers, led Zamyatin to appeal directly to Joseph Stalin, requesting permission to leave the Soviet Union. With the encouragement of Maxim Gorky, Stalin decided to grant Zamyatin’s request in 1931. Zamyatin settled with his wife in Paris, where he collaborated with French film director Jean Renoir. Renoir’s 1936 adaptation of Gorky’s The Lower Depths was co-written by Zamyatin.

Yevgeny Zamyatin died in poverty, from a heart attack in 1937. Zamyatin’s grave can be found in Cimetière de Thiais, south of Paris.




Director – theatrical adaptation – stage installation: Savvas Stroumpos

Translation from the Russian language, construction of musical instruments and chairs: David Malteze

Music: Ellie Ingliz

Light designer: Kostas Bethanis

Costumes: Airam Maria Papadopoulou

Construction of the installation: Charalambos Terzopoulos

Dramaturgy: Maria Sikitano

Make up: Virginia Tsihlaki

Photo credits: Antonia Canta

Video & trailer credits: Chrisanthi Badeka

Poster: Soul Design

Contact: Marianna Papaki, Nontas Douzinas[/one_half]



David Malteze: D-503

Eleana Georgouli: I-330

Ellie Ingliz: Narrator

Dimitris Papavasiliou:Βenefactor

Evelyn Assouant: Ο-90