A story about the collision of excruciating desire and fear. A story which says the greatest human heroism consists in accepting your own destiny.
The famous Czech novel the play is based on was written by Jaroslav Havlíček and was originally called Parched Desires (Vyprahlé touhy) – the title was pushed through by the publisher despite the author's protests. The second, revised edition which was called Kerosene Lamps (Petrolejové lampy) was published after Jaroslav Havlíček's death. He left two novels unfinished - Wolf Skin (Vlčí kůže) and Broken Door (Vylomené dveře) – in which the fate of Štěpka Kiliánová continues until her death in 1938.
Among the cornerstones of the production are a new theatre adaptation, written by the well coordinated creative duo of the director of the NTB and the director of the performance Martin Glaser and the dramaturge Olga Šubrtová, a stirring tempo-rhythm and a generous mise en scene, but mainly forceful acting of Hana Tomáš Briešťanská (Štěpka Kiliánová) and Martin Siničák (Pavel Malina).