Leningrad, March-April, 1943. After being evacuated in Kirov, the Bolshoi Drama Theater returned to Leningrad. All this time, the theater building was mothballed, but after returning, the theater returned to its former appearance. The building of the Bolshoi Drama Theater; a group of artists at the theater building. General view of the auditorium in the Bolshoi Drama Theater. The audience is seated in their seats before the start of the performance "The Road to New York". Actor Vitaly Pavlovich Politseimako in a scene from the play "The Road to New York"; prepares for the play in his dressing room, leaves the dressing room. Meeting of the Theater Arts Council, where the theater's repertoire plan is discussed; among those present: head. literary part of the theater and the author of the play "The Road to New York" "L.A. Malyugin, artistic director of the theater L.S. Rudnik, z.A. RSFSR E.G. Altus; artists A.I. Larikov, V. Safronov, G. Michurin, V.T. Kibardina and others. Artists O. Kaziko, V. Poliseimako and others present at the discussion read the repertoire plan. Lev Sergeevich Rudnik and those present at the table are discussing the plan for the next performances. The curtain rises to reveal an empty auditorium. Panorama of the hall with armchairs covered with covers.