ČAS TŘEŠŇOVÉHO DÝMU (hra v polosnu) / THE TIME OF THE CHERRY TREE SMOKE (a play between dream and reality)

Kateřina Rudčenková

Cast: 3 women

The main topics of the play are intergenerational relationships among women in a family, their relationships to men, relationships between mothers and daughters, our relationships to our ancestors, and also how dispositions to making the same mistakes in a marriage are inherited in a family. The play is written in poetic language and tragicomically tries to depict the pressure of society on women to be „the right women“, to marry, to have kids. There are two storylines in the play. The real one where three women of one family line meet; daughter, mother and grandmother, who is coming from the underworld to help the mother and daughter to reconcile. The second storyline is imaginary. There are three women waiting for their weddings, which is a parallel to Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The women are the heroines of national fairy tales and children’s models of „the right women“: Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. They are waiting for their weddings to no avail, since neither the grooms nor the wedding guests are coming, instead of that; the female characters undergo a symbolic gender change in secret androgynies.



  The play is available also in English translation.