Kukura – A Bernhard-like play in which an individual looks back at his life, and which also analyses culture and, indeed, life. A theatre manager and a theatre director await the arrival of an actress who is going to tell them, finally, whether she is accepting the role of Medea that she has been offered. For Kukura, the manager, it is time for a monologue in which he assesses his life, for the young director it is a rite of passage. The play takes an open and critical look at the state of culture today, and is directly inspired by the figure of Juraj Kukura – man, actor and director. Rastislav Bellak’s production was nominated for a Dosky award in three categories (Jana Oľhová for best female performance, Ivan Martinka and Martin Čičvák for discovery of the year). The production is part of a cycle of original Slovak plays with a social and political content, among them being Tiso, Dr. Gustáv Husák and Communism.
About the director of the play "Kukura": Rastislav Ballek (b. 1971) – Studied philosophy and sociology at Comenius University, later theatre direction and dramaturgy at VŠMU and the State Theatre School in Krakow. His work is permeated by an interest in the forgotten and marginalised works of Slovak literature, a literary anamnesis of the nation and an examination of the position of the Slovak intellectual in society. He has worked with a number of Slovak theatres, as well as Czech ones (Reduta Theatre, Polárka Theatre). Tiso, probably his most successful production, won four Dosky awards in 2005 and was invited to a number of festivals, including the Theatre festival in Pilsen.
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