A Magical Play
When one of the characters in the Jára Cimrman Theatre’s The Stand-In, Karel Infeld Prácheňský, finds out about a brand new play to be staged, he obstinately insists that the company instead opt for “one of the old, time-proven” pieces: either The Lantern or Maryša. Indeed, we would hardly find titles more emblematic for the Czech theatre. The two plays represent the highlights of the Czech drama’s fundamental lines: fairy tales and rural realism. Every generation gets back to these classics, retelling in its own way the story of either of the so different millers: Libor and Vávra. After more than two decades since the staging by Zbyněk Srba, the time has come for the Mahen Theatre to show again this magical story by Alois Jirásek (1851–1930) considered as a ‘Czech myth’. It is a logical start of the new dramatic director of the Mahen Theatre Company, Štěpán Pácl, who has been continuously producing Czech dramas (e.g. Josef Topol’s The End of Shrovetide, Josef Kajetán Tyl’s Bloody Christening and František Hrubín’s The Cristal Night).
Premiere: 13th December 2019 at the Mahen Theatre