The Suede Jacket
Ivan Antonov, an idealistic young intellectual who teaches linguistics at a university, buys a suede jacket. However, the suede is imperfect – there are clumps of hair still left on it. Therefore he decides to give it a haircut. The only person who will agree to do this is a village sheep shearer. However, for fiscal purposes he must follow the letter of the law: since there is no way for him to put the jacket down as such, he registers the transaction as shearing a private sheep. Thus the jacket becomes a sheep in the state registers. A special note for the sake of the shearer’s superior says that Ivan Antonov keeps the sheep in his bathtub as a pet. According to the logic of the absurd, if the jacket is a sheep, its owner must pay tax for owning a domestic animal. Nothing Ivan Antonov says or does can persuade the tax office that the jacket is not a sheep. The bureaucratic machine duly churns him around. The only solution the Bureaucrat can propose is that Ivan Antonov buy a sheep, since it is on the register anyway. Antonov is gradually abandoned by the friends who initially came along to help him in the inferno of the tax office, full of doors leading nowhere and walled-up corridors. Forced to go through the hellish labyrinth of bureaucratic unconcern and lack of human understanding, Antonov ultimately takes his jacket to graze on the lawn in the park next to the university.
- Satirical Theatre, Sofia, Bulgaria
- National Theatre, Sofia, Bulgaria
- “Adriana Budevska” Drama Theatre, Bourgas, Bulgaria
- Amphi-Theatro, Athens, Greece
- Ankara Devlet Tiyatrosu, Ankara, Turkey
- DMS Productions, New York City, USA
- Dramaten, Stockholm, Sweden
- Drama Theatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
- Eesti Rahvusringhääling, Tallinn, Estonia
- Gorky Moscow Art Theatre, Moscow, Russia
- Grupo Teatro Estudio, Havana, Cuba
- Helsingin kesäteatterissa Mustikkamaalla, Helsinki, Finland
- İstanbul Büyükşehir Belediyesi Şehir Tiyatroları, Istanbul, Turkey
- Kleist-Theater, Frankfurt-Oder, Germany
- Landesbühnen Sachsen, Dresden, Germany
- Mecklenburgischen Staatstheater, Schwerin, Germany
- Moscow Academic Theatre of Satire, Moscow, Russia
- National Theatre, Damascus, Syria
- National Theatre of Northern Greece, Thessaloniki, Greece
- Piccolo Teatro di Catania e Centro Teatro Studi, Ragusa, Italy
- Rakvere Teater, Rakvere, Estonia
- Satirické divadlo Večerni Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
- Satirico Theatro, Nicosia, Cyprus
- “Sava Ognyanov” Drama Theatre, Rousse, Bulgaria
- Teatr Polski, Warsawa, Poland
- Teatrul de Nord, Satu-Mare, Romania
- Teatrul Giuleşti, Bucharest, Romania
- Teatrul National “Mihai Eminescu”, Timişoara, Romania
- Teatrul National Radiofonic, Bucharest, Romania
- Thália Színház, Budapest, Hungary
- The Maria Zankovetska Drama Theatre, Lviv, Ukraine
- Thomas-Müntzer-Theater, Eisleben, Germany
- English: The Suede Jacket. Aeolus, Vienna // download as pdf
- English: The Suede Jacket. In: Slavic and East European Arts, Vol. 5, No. 1, New York, Summer 1987, pp. 93-150.
- Arabic: The Suede Jacket. In: From the World Stage, 280/281, 1994, NCCAL, Kuwait
- Chinese: The Jacket. In: Contemporary, Beijing, March 1980, pp. 257-288.
- Czech: Semišové sako. Dilia, Prague
- Finnish: Lampaanvillatakki. Nordic Drama Corner, Helsinki
- French: La veste de peau. Aeolus, Vienna // download as pdf
- German: Das Schaf. Henschel-Schauspiel, Berlin // download as pdf
- Greek: Τo σακáκι που βελáζει. Amphi-Theatro, 16, Athens // download as pdf
- Greek: Τo σακáκι που βελáζει. Vakxikon, Athens
- Hungarian: Velúrzakó. In: Velúrzakó, Európa Könyvkiadó, Budapest // download as pdf
- Italian: Beeeeeeehhhh!! Bulzoni, Rome // download as pdf
- Lithuanian: Zomšinis švarkas. In: Rytų Europos dramos, Vaga, Vilnius // download as pdf
- Japanese: The Suede Jacket. In: The Roman Bath, Kobunsha, Tokyo
- Polish: Owca. In: Antologia współczesnego Dramatu bułgarskiego, PIW, Warsaw // download as pdf
- Russian: Замшевый пиджак. In: Автобус и другие пьесы, Raduga, Moscow // download as pdf
- Russian: Замшевый пиджак. In: Театр, No. 8, Moscow, 1979, pp. 162-192.
- Slovak: Velúrové sako. LITA, Bratislava // download as pdf
- Swedish: Fårskinnspälsen. Duplic, Stockholm
- Turkish: Deri Ceket. Aeolus, Vienna
Dramaten, Stockholm, Sweden. Directed by Barbro Larsson.
National Theatre Center, Latakia, Syria. Directed by Salman Sheriba.
DMS Productions, New York City, USA. Directed by Stefano Genovese and Maria Riboli.