NIEKUR

Kateřina Rudčenková

Cast: 1 man, 1 woman

 

A poetic drama about Czech-Lithuanian friendship (forever) is a slightly ironic and very personal confession telling the story of romance between a young Czech writer Agnes and her older Lithuanian colleague Kornelijus during a working residency in Germany. The playwright is trying to keep her distance from the self-analyzing, almost clinically Bergman-like confession by telling almost all of her text in the third-person reporting style. In fact, the author even refers in the text to the source of her inspiration, Ernst Jandl´s play Aus der Fremde and lets her leading character self-ironically proclaim: „Is she really thinking that writing her play in the third person, nobody would notice how banal it all would sound should she write in the first person?“ Nevertheless, the play is far removed from banality thanks to the authenticity of its feeling and its rough openness. The love story of the two protagonists is interrupted from time to time by fragments of a new play written by Agnes. The heroes of that play are two Siamese twin sisters joined at their heads (they are played by the same actors as Agnes and Kornelijus) whose absurd and almost brutally grotesque dialogues balance out the intellectual and erotic relationship between the two writers.

  The play is available in Czech original.


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