The film tells about the repertoire policy of the Soviet theater in the seventies and early eighties. Excerpts from the performances "The Dawns Here Are Quiet" by the Taganka Theater, "The Marriage" by the Theater on Malaya Bronnaya, "The Man with a Gun" and "The Thirteenth Chairman" of the Yevgeny Vakhtangov Theater, "The Power of Darkness" by the Maly Theater, "Steelworkers" and "The Seagull" Moscow Art Theater, "Bourgeois" and "Optimistic Tragedy" of the Bolshoi Drama Theater, "Wild Angel" of the Kiev Ivan Franko Theater, "Brand" of the Riga Jan Rainis Theater, "Thinking about him" of the Leningrad Youth Theater, "The Life of Klim Samgin" of the V. Mayakovsky, "The Caucasian Purple Circle" of the Shota Rustaveli Theater (synchronously). Interviews with Soviet theater directors: People's Artists of the USSR G. A. Tovstonogov, O. N. Efremov, A. A. Goncharov, I. P. Vladimirov, I. V. Ilyinsky, M. I. Tsarev, People's Artist of the Ukrainian SSR S. V. Danchenko, People's Artist of the RSFSR Z. Ya. Korogodsky, People's Artist of the Georgian SSR R. Sturua and others (synchronously).