By Gerald Papasian
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
YEREVAN – At the end of October last year, I left Yerevan and went to Paris for professional reasons. Television series shooting was allowed but theatres were closed along with shops, restaurants and cafes. Paris was no longer Paris!
Three months later I made it a point to return to Armenia where I was teaching at the Drama Institute. Armenia had decided to reopen its schools and universities. The second semester began on February 1, and despite the overall feeling of depression, I found enthusiastic, motivated and positive final year drama students eagerly waiting for me to begin working on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” for their diploma performance. There still is a young, vigorous and positive generation determined to carry on against all odds.
They are our best hope.
I also found out that and after almost 11 months of confinement, the government had instructed all theatres to reopen.