Stage director: SKUTR (Martin Kukučka a Lukáš Trpišovský)
Dramaturgy: Ilona Smejkalová
Sets: Jakub Kopecký
Costumes: Simona Rybáková
Music: Petr Kaláb
Lighting design: SKUTR (Martin Kukučka a Lukáš Trpišovský), Jakub Kopecký
Performance with English subtitles: May 12, June 3.
A work by the Spanish poet and dramatist Federico García Lorca (1898–1936) is returning to the National Theatre in Prague some half a century after his play The House of Bernarda Alba, directed by Alfréd Radok, was performed on its stage. Blood Wedding was staged at our theatre shortly after WWII by Jindřich Honzl. Lorca’s unsettled life itself could provide sufficient material for a play – yet our attention has focused on his text, blending folk art with avant-garde, the traditional world of weddings and inviolable rites with the passion of the present moment and overwhelming love. The Bride knows who to marry and the Groom is preparing for the nuptials with the utmost seriousness. Their path, however, is crossed by Leonardo, with the result being the concepts of all the relatives collapsing like a house of cards. Yet we are compelled to raise the question: what about the other characters, now parents and grandparents? Do they too know what mad desire is like? Is love merely the domain of youth, or is every one of us somewhat similar to the abandoning Bride and the betrayed Groom?
Approximate running time, including intermission:
2 hours, 15 minutes, one 20-minute intermission.