Have a
good day!

Work by Vaiva Grainytė, Lina Lapelytė, Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
Produced by Operomanija

Opera for
10 cashiers,
supermarket
sounds and
piano

Have a
good day!

The opera focuses on the inner lives of cashiers in a shopping centre: showing what lies behind their mechanical ‘Good afternoon!’, ‘Thank you!’, ‘Have a good day!’ and fake smiles. It transforms the faceless, robot-like shop workers found in everyday life into unique and lively characters, whereas their secret thoughts and biographies turn into short, personal dramas. The characters of diverse sales clerks, embodying universal archetypes, convey the predominant social landscape. The libretto represents a revealing mosaic of spoken, literary language and documentary.

The atmosphere of the supermarket is established through the glimmering and buzzing installation of daylight lamps and environmental sounds, connecting the audience to the stage and the 10 cashiers. The set itself is very minimalist. Real goods – the recognizable décor of a shopping centre – exist only in acoustic and verbal form.

The monotonous beep heard each time an item is scanned is a key sound throughout the whole opera. It may be louder or quieter, but it is always present. Songs that accompany the beeping are as monotonous as the very process of shopping and selling. Instead of becoming the main point of the opera, the music serves the thoughts of the cashiers – it facilitates their voice.

To avoid any moral or judgemental suggestion, critical attitude towards capitalism is expressed through humour, paradox, irony and poetry. The mosaic of different destinies transforms into a single poem suggesting the pleasure of consumption.

Clever, charming and quietly subversive. Whatever critique of capitalist entrapment and consumerist obsession might be implied is conveyed with subtlety and wit.
Steve Smith (The New York Times)
It’s a tour de force of deadpan comedy... comes wrapped in a score of incantatory, almost liturgical serenity.
Justin Davidson (New York Magazine)
...minimalist textures that evoke the swirl of everyday life – banality transformed into art. The opera is witty and poignant.
Heidi Waleson (The Wall Street Journal)
A tightly constructed, multi-layered creation, its humor pierced by melancholy.
Alex Ross (The New Yorker)
It's like a mini masterpiece. It's just nothing to take away, nothing to add – it's very solid, very simple and very real.
Jonas Mekas (www.jonasmekas.com)

Have a
good day!

In 2013, Have a Good Day! was selected by an International Theatre Institute (ITI) jury for a presentation at the finals of the worldwide competition Music Theatre NOW (Biennial for Performing Arts, Jönköping, Sweden), where the work was awarded the Globe Teana-Theatre Observation prize. In 2014, Have a Good Day! was awarded the Golden Stage Cross prize for the best Lithuanian Authors’ Performance and has also garnered two prizes at the Baltic Theatre Festival. In 2015, the opera was awarded the Main Prize of the Fast Forward festival in Braunschweig (Germany). The performance has been presented at diverse music, theatre and opera festivals in Lithuania, United States, China, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Portugal, The Netherlands, Italy and more than 30 important theatre festivals and venues like Teatro Argentina (Rome), Munich Kammerspiele, Golden Mask (Moscow), Maria Matos (Lisbon), Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre, Operadagen Rotterdam and many others. The opera was also broadcasted on Lithuanian National Radio and BBC Radio 3.

Have a
good day!

Librettist Vaiva Grainytė
Composer and music director Lina Lapelytė
Director and set designer Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė
Lighting designer Eugenijus Sabaliauskas
Costume designer Daiva Samajauskaitė
Sound engineer Arūnas Zujus
Producer Operomanija

Cashiers: Indrė Anankaitė-Kalašnikovienė / Ilona Pliavgo, Liucina Blaževič, Vida Valuckienė, Veronika Čičinskaitė-Golovanova / Anna Miščenko, Lina Valionienė, Rima Šovienė / Irma Kubertavičienė, Milda Zapolskaitė / Erika Žilinskaitė, Rita Račiūnienė / Rasa Viskantaitė, Svetlana Bagdonaitė, Kristina Svolkinaitė
Security Guard: Kęstutis Pavalkis / Edgar Sabilo / Dmitrij Golovanov (piano)
Vaiva Grainytė (b. 1984, based in Vilnius) is a writer, playwright, and poet. Her writer’s practice usually crosses the confines of desk work and becomes an integral part of an interdisciplinary polylogue. Her handwriting exhibits the features typical of her oeuvre: personal and collective memory, daily routine and social issues are in harmony with poetic and ironic approach.
Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė (b. 1983, based in Vilnius) works as filmmaker and theatre director. In her creative practice, Barzdžiukaitė explores the gap between objective and imagined realities, while challenging an anthropocentric way of thinking in a playful way. Her recent full-length film-essay Acid Forest was awarded at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2018 and is touring extensively in film festivals around the world.
Lina Lapelytė (b. 1984, based in Vilnius and London) is an artist, musician and composer. Her performance-based practice is rooted in music and flirts with pop culture, gender stereotypes and nostalgia. Lapelytė’s works were presented at KIM? in Riga, Rupert in Vilnius (solo exhibition), gallery 1857 in Oslo, the Modern Art Museum in Malmö, MACBA in Barcelona, DRAF in London, Cartier Foundation in Paris, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Kunsthalle Praha.
In their collaborative practice, the artists pay special attention to the relationship between documentary and fiction, reality and poetry as well as the overlap of theatre, music and the visual arts. Their second piece – opera-performance Sun & Sea (Marina) – was selected to represent Lithuania at the most prestigious contemporary art event the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia.
OPEROMANIJA is a production house based in Lithuania, dedicated to the creation and promotion of new music theatre through diverse cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations. Since its formation in 2008, it has produced more than 40 contemporary operas and various multidisciplinary art projects. Organization runs Contemporary Opera Festival NOA (New Opera Action) – one of the leading international new music theatre events in the Baltic region.

Have a
good day!

Have a
good day!

Duration: 55 minutes
Number of people on tour: 17
Venue: black box, white box, amphitheatre, gallery, teatro all'italiana
Language: Lithuanian with the surtitles

Email: info@haveagoodday.lt
Phone: 00370 616 30814