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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

First Person

Irina Vyboshtyak, 66, door person, Mayakovsky Theater:

I don't know how you can live without the theater. I love the actors, the plays -- you can always watch bits of rehearsals. Every performance of a play, even though it has the same name, is different. Take "Dead Souls" -- today it's one way, next time the actors act it out with more gusto or in a bad mood, or they don't feel well.

"Doing this work, I'm not using all my talents. I use my time so I can be among dear people and so that I'm not at home alone. I check which actors and directors have arrived, I handle all the mail. There can be 100 phone calls a day, 100 visitors. I have to be strict: When our young actors use the manager's entrance, you have to tell them off.

"I start at 9 a.m. and work till the end of the performance, sometimes at 9 p.m., sometimes at 11 p.m. I'm on one day, then have two off. I earn from 7,000 to 9,000 rubles a month.

"At the beginning of World War II, my father was paralyzed, and 11 years later he died.

"I worked first as a junior and then the principal editor of the literary criticism section at Sovremennik publishers. In this job, you have to love people who try to write. There are young guys whom you want to help, and sometimes it works out.

"I went to Magadan because I worked with the Magadanskaya Pravda publishing house to find new writers and because my grandfather worked many years there -- not in the gulag; he was the chief geologist for Dalstroi. In 1924 and 1928, he led the first geological expeditions there, and on the shore of the Sea of Okhotsk there's a monument to them. He wrote about his work with gulag directors and also prisoners. He tried to organize lighter work for doctors, actors, writers. I remember how they caught seafood there -- the crabs were bigger than the pot, and they only sold caviar in 3-kilogram tins. As for authors, I didn't find anything. There are a lot of nationalities -- Evenks, Yakuts -- and they wrote poorly in Russian.

"I've worked at the theater since I went on the pension. I'm worried they'll close it for repairs. It'll be hard to stay at home, without work. And Mayakovsky? He was a poet of his time. He's not relevant today."