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Slovak National Theatre

Pavol Weiss: The life of mankind

Zo života ľudstva
An original Slovak play

Thursday 16. November 2017 - 19:00, Cancelled, Studio, the new building of SND

Tuesday 2. January 2018 - 19:00 Detail Buy the ticket

Premiere: 5 and 6 November 2016 News Building, Studio

Directed by : Dino Mustafić
Dramaturgie: Peter Kováč
Dragutin Broz
Marija Havran
Musik: Assen Avramov
Stanislava Vlčeková
Richard Autner
Monika Potokárová
Richard Stanke
Diana Mórová
Jana Oľhová
Matej Marušin, ako hosť
Štefan Bučko, Ľubomír Paulovič
Branislav Bystriansky
Danka Svetlíková, poslucháčka VŠMU
Tomáš Stopa, ako hosť, Adam Jančina, ako hosť, Tomáš Magát, poslucháč VŠMU, Šimon Kopunec, poslucháč VŠMU, Jakub Kuka, poslucháč VŠMU
Magdaléna Izakovičová, ako hosť

The main characters in this original Slovak play are two young men who are initially very similar – both rebel against social realities. One sprays “Down with capitalism" on walls, the other smashes the windows of luxury cars with an iron bar. During the course of the play one of them becomes a neo-Nazi, the other becomes an intellectual leftist, essentially a heartless money-grabber. The young men are – as always – linked through a woman, beautiful and pure, or merely longing for purity in the dirty world. Monika is hit hard by the reality and disappoints not only the two men, but also gradually looses all her ideals. Their parents appear in the play, the generation that "is to blame for everything", and this is not a flattering picture. A loveless marriage, sex for money, alcoholism, the despair of the poor and the rich, the lack of affection between parents and children, and also the harrowing desire to find meaning.

Dystopia is a genre which the author writes in conflict with their own system of values, it is the image of a world that believes it should look and function differently. The reason for which dystopia is written is to warn society. The production is part of a project in which we invite renowned foreign directors to premiere new Slovak works. From the Life of Mankind will be directed by Bosnian director Dino Mustafić.

Running time: 3 hrs with one interval



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