The author of the film tells about the Samara Academic Drama Theater. M. Gorky, trying to understand how it differs from the capital's theaters. The artists of the theater V.P. Ottovich-Volovskaya, I.I. Morozov, O. M. Sviridov, L.A. Albitskaya, E.G. Kharitonova and the chief director of the theater P.L. Monastyrsky. Part I. Each of the artists gives their own definition of the concept of a provincial actor. Part II. Many metropolitan actors began their creative life in the provinces. They remember how the career in Moscow of People's Artist of the RSFSR N.N. Zasukhin and People's Artist of the USSR O.I. Yankovsky. Part III. The performance of the Samara Academic Drama Theater named after M. Gorky on a street stage on a holiday. Honored Artist of the RSFSR L.A. Albitskaya talks about her experience of working in cinema with the director Yu. Reisman. IY part. Memories of the actor Yu. Demich, of his work in the capital's theaters and of the People's Artist of the RSFSR G.A. Shebuev (Gubler), who never left Samara. Y part. Discussions about acting professionalism, which does not depend on the location of the theater. YI part. Artists before the last performance of the season. Spectators at the entrance are looking for an extra ticket. Theater, wherever it is, is a meeting with beauty and a great joy for the audience.