(following interview with the main actor)
Ivan Trojan gradually reveals Teremin’s character, with internal tension but with nothing of his usual eccentricity. He often casts immediate doubt on what has just been said, but only at the end of the play does he reveal the real motivation behind Teremin’s acts. He thus creates a psychologically-vivid portrait of a man who was born in the wrong era, a pragmatist willing to leave his wife and lover without a pang of conscience, and a likeable enthusiast who has no trouble provoking female interest and male admiration. Ivan Trojan gives the character a further authentic dimension by learning how to play the real thereminvox perfectly. The play may be set in the relatively distant past of the 1920s and 1930s, but it reflects the tragic experiences of people affected by communism and the whole politically-divided world of the time. Without employing overt appeals or black-and-white simplification, Zelenka’s Teremin provides a powerful reflection of a system that until recently affected all our lives...
(by Saša Hrbotický, Hospodářské noviny)
Petr Zelenka (b. 1967), director of the play "Teremin", established himself as a film director in the 1990s, making successful films such as Visací zámek 1982–2007, Mňága (Happy End), Knoflíkáři (Buttoners) and Rok ďábla (Year of the Devil). He also wrote the screenplay for David Ondříček’s Samotáři (Loners). His theatrical debut came in 2001 when he directed his own play, Příběhy obyčejného šílenství (Tales of Ordinary Madness), shown at the Pilsen festival four years ago. He also directed a film version of it. Zelenka presented Teremin last May at a series of script readings in Leeds, New York and Washington.
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