HOW (NOT) TO DO STODOLA? (ON STAGING OF TWO PLAYS BY IVAN STODOLA (Ako sa (ne)dela Stodola? (k inscenaciam dvoch hier Ivana Stodolu))
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The dramatic art of Ivan Stodola shaped and formed Slovak professional theatre. His texts provided one of the key dramaturgical bases in the process of formation of contemporary Slovak drama staging. Actually he was the first who wrote plays systematically in the period of early professionalization of Slovak theatre. On the Czech stages, the situation was different. Humble staging tradition and not always successful interpretations indicate differences not only in dramaturgical issues but also in the issues of different tastes of spectators but, ultimately, significant differences between two independent theatre cultures. Two of Stodola's plays had quite a success on the Czech stages; Tea at Mr. Senator's and Jozko Pucik and his career. Both plays have attracted attention until recently -Tea at Mr. Senator was premiered at the Estates Theatre in Prague on 18th March 2010 (Czech premiere was at Svanda Theatre in Prague in 1934). Dramaturgical selection of this play was to bring the audience a lighter and witty comedy that would point to a parallel with the current state of the society and send the actual message before the upcoming elections. On the 15th April 2010, Slovak section of the Prague Theatre in Dlouha Street performed a stage reading of the play Jozko Pucik and his career. The directorial and-dramaturgical input is principle; 'a satire on false humanism' was staged as the theatre within the theatre. The authoress of this study analyzes both productions and notes that efforts to bring a new life into the Stodola's satire have remained unfulfilled.
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