Elena opened it with the verses of the great Avar poet Rasul Gamzatov, whose 100th anniversary was celebrated in September. The audience fell silent. During the poem “Mama,” the actress’s voice broke, and tears welled up in her eyes, not only for the actress but also for some members of the audience.
Quietly sighing, grieving about something,
And, hiding a tear in the clear light of day:
“Don’t worry,” I tell my mother,
“Everything is fine, dear, with me.”
Then followed one character after another: Katerina from “The Storm” and Lydia from Ostrovsky’s “Crazy Money.” Each monologue was lived by Zakharova, briefly transforming into her heroines.