about the production
The play is based on the between two wars realist novel by Slovak author Janko Jesenský (1874 - 1945). Besides the ensemble of the Slovak National Theatre, two protagonists of the GUnaGU alternative theatre (V. Klimáček as an author and co-director, and Oľga Belešová as an actress) took part in the staging. Their contribution is well visible in the playful, slightly nostalgic and ironic expression of performance.
Jesenský's sharp satirical view of the Slovak snobs acquired thus new dimensions which modernized the work both from the thematic and stylistic points of view. The unique combination of a classical and alternative theatres resulted in unexpected charm fluency and playfulness of the performance.
directors: Viliam Klimáček, Martin Porubjak
script editing: Martin Porubjak
stage design: Aleš Votava
costume design: Marija Havran
puppets: Martin Vanek
music: Ivan Mizera
choreography: Mirka Kovářová
characters and cast:
Dr. Landík: Ján Gallovič, Hanka: Diana Mórová / Olga Belešová, JUDr. Petrovič: Emil Horváth, Petrovičová: Eva Mária Chalupová, Želka: Michaela Čobejová, Krištof: Marián Geišberg, Predseda agrárnej strany: Stano Dančiak, Tolkoš: Csongor Kassai, Rozvalid: František Kovár, Robert Rob: Robert Roth, Dubec: Dušan Jamrich, Kamelot: Henrieta Jančišinová, Katarína Kosťová, Majster Orloja: Martin Vanek, Kapela: Ivan Mizera / Martin Hanzel, Csaba Csendes / Igor Skovay, Marian Jaslovský / Ruslan Nikolajev
Viliam Klimáček (1958) - a dramatist, poet, writer, drama director and actor is also a founder and artistic manager of the alternative independent GUnaGU Theatre in Bratislava. He acquired fame as a playwright since many of his plays were awarded a prestigious Prize of Alfréd Radok Foundation for the best Czech and Slovak drama work.
Martin Porubjak is a significant personality of Slovak theatre life, but above all he is the inspiring, creative dramaturgist who recently has been leading the Drama Ensemble of Slovak National Theatre. He is still active as the translator, author, director and pedagogue at the Drama and Music Academy in Bratislava.