Pokorný, Jiří (CZ)

Pokorný, Jiří

*4. 4. 1967

Dramatist and theatre director. After studying direction at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy

of Performing Arts in Prague he moved to the Drama Studio in Ústí nad Labem, where from 1993 to 1997 he was artistic head. His productions and plays have been designated the first wave of „coolness“ in the Czech Republic. From 1998 to 2002 he was artistic head of the HaTheatre in Brno. Between 2002 and 2006 he was member of the group of artistic directors

of the Theatre On the Balustrade. In 1993, he went to Antwerp for a visit in the context of the educational Tempus exchange programme. In 1995, he was accepted for a playwriting programme at the Royal Court Summer School in London. Pokorny´s plays My Dad Takes the Goals and Rest in Peace won the Alfred Radok Award for best original Czech play in 1997 and 1998 respectively.


List of plays (selection):


  • Valašská čtverylka, 1993, première 12. 1. 1994 Činoherní studio, Ústí nad Labem (under the pseudonym Fast J. L.)
  • Odpočívej v pokoji, 1996, première 27. 11. 1999 Činoherní studio, Ústí nad Labem
  • Taťka střílí góly, 1997, première 22. 1. 1999 Činoherní studio, Ústí nad Labem
  • Plechovka, 1999, première 19. 9. 1999 Činoherní studio, Ústí nad Labem (under the pseudonym Jarol Ostraval)
  • Denis (Epilog k Monologům vaginy), 2003, première 8. 6. 2003, Dejvické divadlo, Prague (staged reading)
  • Milada, 2007, première 18. 5. 2007, Divadlo Na zábradlí, Prague
  • Domov můj, 2011, première 21. 10. 2011, Divadlo Na zábradlí, Prague
  • Kiler, 2012, première 18. 2.2012, A Studio Rubín, Prague


Translated plays:


  • Odpočívej v pokoji – Rest in Peace - English
  • Odpočívej v pokoji – Requiescat – Italian
  • Taťka střílí góly– My Dad Takes the Goals - English
  • Taťka střílí góly – Papa lovi a golokat - Hungarian

Synopsis of Plays