[The interviewer asks about her mother]
And so it went that she was born into a military family. In the years 1945 – 1946, they lived in Moscow. But my grandfather did not recognize [the value of] any theaters, so my mother entered to study English philology, but still, her fate led her to her favorite idol, and she went to the theater studio – she was a favorite student of Alla Konstantinovna Tarasova. In 1946 she was studying English philology in Moscow at the Military Institute of Foreign Languages of the Red Army. But when my grandfather was transferred to Lviv in 1946, he did not want to leave her in Moscow, and took her along to Lviv. There was no English philology at the university at that time. She entered for Russian philology, and after graduating from the university, she came to teach Russian language and literature at the House of Officers. In the post-war years, there were officers, even colonels, who did not have even the ten years of school completed, that is, she was teaching in the evening school. And our director of the theater at that time, Agasyants Avetis Khristoforovich, studied there, he was her student, but also, knowing that she loved theater very much, he took her along. At first, she even combined the jobs; he recruited her as the head of the literary department, then he took her to the theater as such. That’s how she got to the theater, yes.
My mother, as to all the repertoire, all the plays that were staged, she would get them by herself. I remember that we had such a play, it was banned in those years – Capercaillie’s Nest, we put it on, I think, two performances; later it was banned. My mother brought the play from Moscow. We were the first theater to stage it. That is, she had such connections that the playwrights themselves were the first to put the plays to her hands. She talked to famous playwrights – with Rozov, with Bondarev, with Salynsky. I have a letter from Vera Panova at home, I do. Her work was based on the principle that she actually , as the verse says: “… she zealously set the repertoire” – she actually brought the plays here. Almost all the plays that were staged in the theater in the years when she worked, she brought them from Moscow, fighting hard for them, in fact.