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Actors Mourn as Tajikistan’s Oldest Theater Is Torn Down

Dushanbe’s Mayakovsky Theater is the oldest in Tajikistan. (Photo: EurasiaNet)

The director of Dushanbe’s Mayakovsky Theater speaks and weeps as though a close relative has died.
 
During the past few weeks, demolition workers have been gradually dismantling her troupe’s Soviet-built home — a low-key, utilitarian and yet much-loved constructivist building along the main city thoroughfare.
 
“I don’t know when this pain is going to fade. We walk around like madmen. We have decided that when they pull our theater down, we will for a while try to avoid passing through the center,” said Mayakovsky director Munira Dadayeva.
 
Theatergoers and actors have already bid farewell to what many of them call their second home. On the interior walls, which were stripped in late July, actors scrawled notes of apology that their efforts to save the building had not proven enough.
 

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