SESTRY DUŠEHOJIVÉ / SOUL-HEALING SISTERS
Genre: contemporary drama with elements of black comedy
Cast: 4 women, mother, two sisters, dead sister Ema/ Dumb, Clever, Satine, 2 men, father, one sister’ s husband
Every family and society have their own secrets reflecting the world we live in. The play deals with contemporary society’s taboo – homophobia. It is a story of an average family consisting of mother, father, two living sisters and one dead sister – the one who was the nicest, the most beautiful and the most gifted of all. Her life had a secret almost nobody knew about. The story starts on the first anniversary of sister´s death when all her relatives meet.
Evidently unexpectedly, a dead sister’ s girlfriend/partner appears. She is asking for keeping the promise given by both sisters who then have to solve dilemma of bringing lesbian love and past of the beloved sister into the open, or defending honour according to the norms of a heterosexual world.
In the play, taking place in a flat with a balcony within a few days, we watch a small dark drama; from a certain point of view it is a black comedy about family relationships, about male-female relations, about women-sisters relations – when all of them want to get on with everybody. That explains the title The Soul-Healing Sisters.
It is the play in which the dead sister’ s recipe how to tell the painful truth is revived. It is the play about traditional thinking and upbringing with prejudices. With ironic overview, the play deals with so called woman’ s self-sacrificing and soul-healing under any circumstances. To what extent is the woman’ s soul-healing and tolerant hiding the truth her real mission and to what extent is it just simple hypocrisy and a cowardly gesture? The play considers how difficult it is to bring secrets into the open and when they are revealed – what is it for?
The play won its place in the all-Slovak drama finals Drama 06.
“Plays dealing with gay and lesbian issues are still rare in Slovakia and that’ s why it is necessary to welcome the author´s intention to write about this world in the way it has been done in other countries for several years. We are aware of an impulse the topic of sexual minorities has brought into the world drama; I’ d like to mention just Kushner´s Angels in America. I like that relations and prejudices in this play are murmuring in „a small town” (Klimáček, Viliam: Dáma menom slovenská dráma. [A Lady Called Slovak Drama] In: Dráma 06, 2008)
The play is available in Slovak original.