Viliam Klimáček

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Klimáček studied general medicine at the Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University in Bratislava. After graduating, he worked for nine years as a surgeon and anaesthetist. He has written a lot of prozaic  books or even poems. In 1985 he co-founded The GUnaGU Theatre in Bratislava, which ranks among the most prominent alternative theatres in Slovakia. He acts as a manager, an artistic head of the theatre, director, writer and actor. His extensive dramatic work makes him one of the most prolific playwrights in Slovakia and many of his plays have been staged on the Slovak as well as world stage. Klimáček´s dramatic work represents some kind of a bridge connecting the socialist period with the post-socialist era. A number of Klimáček´s plays have won prizes at home and abroad – he is a sixtime holder of the Prize of The Alfréd Radok Foundation, two times he has won the DRÁMA competition for the best Slovak drama.


Genre: late-normalization tragedy

Cast: 4 men, 1 woman

As every year, Alena, a daughter of an active dissident, celebrates her birthday only in the circle of her closest relatives – her husband Michal, a former manager of the Czechoslovak Film and at the moment an archivist, and her son who is in his first year of medicine studies. After all, February in Bratislava belongs to the most awful months and the basic unit of society is – a socialistic family. Alena is preparing canapés with a garlic spread and pours wine bought at Tuzex. Michal is coming down from the roof of a block of flats where he spends most time and gives Alena a secretly smuggled washing powder Persil. However, on February 9, 1984, the Soviet General Secretary Yuri Vladimirovich Andropov dies and his funeral is broadcasted on TV the whole day. The Soviet Union mourns but Alena is supposed to lose a lot on that day. Nothing is going to be definite for her any more. How does it feel to sacrifice yourself for your family even though you need to swallow your pride? Is it possible to protect others when you get involved with totalitarianism? Does evil done with a good intention count? What is a person willing to give up for the others? Will somebody recognize the victim? There is no escape from the system.

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