Jana Juráňová

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She studied Russian and Polish language at the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University in Bratislava. She worked as a dramaturg in the Theatre for Children and the Young in Trnava, a deputy editor-in-chief of Slovenské Pohľady magazine, Radio Free Europe commentator and studied at the Institute of Slovak Literature at the Slovak Academy of Sciences. In 1993 she co-founded a feminist project ASPEKT in which she has worked since. She is the author of several prose books A Menagerie, 1994; Nets, 1996; The Ordeal of the Old Tomcat, 2000; Mediatrices, 2006; Ilona. My Life with the Bard, 2008, LovesActually, 2010, Uncleared Mater, 2013, Other Stories, 2016 and others. Many of them were nomitated for Anasoft Litera Award. She also writes for children, for magazines and translates from Russian and English. Her plays were produced by the Slovak National Theatre, The Studio 12 Bratislava or by the Puppet Theatre at the Crosroads in Banská Bystrica. The selection of her plays Juráňová has written plays (a monodrama, Salome – 1989 and a play, Silver Bowls, Beautiful Vessels – 1997 (Salome, Reality of Dreams, A Silent Batch, Silver Bowls, Beautiful Vessels and others) was published in a book.  She is a laureate of various literary and state awards.

Reality of Dreams

Cast: 4 women, 1 man

“I am almost always alone” says the mother and demands a piece of information about the life of her daughters. I know nothing about you, what is new? Yet the answers never come, as they simply cannot. As a mater of fact the daughters are also almost always alone, unhappy and frustrated. Their marriages are studies of all possible ways to ruin one’s life by indulging in anything on the scale from ordinary male-female cattiness to sadomasochistic tyranny.
The media world interweaves with reality and in the head of an aging woman soap operas mix with the imaginary infiltrations into lives of the daughters. The mother speaks to her dead sister Božka, who is a fictive norm for her of what ideal life should look like. The play also gently touches the world of politics as well as the theme of religious manipulation.

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