Gočár Theatre - The production, written by composer and librettist Miloš Orson Štědroň, is the latest in a series of projects by the author that are devoted to significant figures. Following Cabaret Ivan Blatný (nominated for an Alfréd Radok award in 2007 for best music) Cabaret Hašek, a musical western about Antonín Dvořák entitled Tony D. and the music for a production about Mother Theresa, Lamento / From Dance to Dust and Back to Dance (nominated for an Alfréd Radok award in 2010 for best music) in Gočar Theatre Orson Štedroň was inspired by figures from the field of architecture. The musical and dramatic form, together with the use of authentic quotes from Gočár, Plečnik and Janák, looks at the phenomenon of creation and vanity using humour and theatrical shorthand.
About the director of "Gočár Theatre": Jan Nebeský – Studied direction at DAMU in Prague, and has worked in the Klicpera Theatre in Hradec Králové, the S.K. Neumann Theatre (Pod Palmovkou Theatre), the E.F. Burian Theatre (Archa), the Činoherní klub in Prague and the Comedy Theatre. He is a unique director with an unmistakeable signature – not only in the context of Czech theatre. His most significant work includes productions of Henrik Ibsen’s plays "Ghosts", "John Gabriel Borkmann" and "The Master Builder", Strindberg’s "The Ghost Sonata", Calderon’s "The Daughter of the Air", Shakespeare’s "Hamlet", Euripides’ "Orestes" and the trilogy "Endgame – Terezka – Marta". In 2001 his play "JE SUiS", a detective play based on 2 – 3 novels by Georges Bernanos, had its world premiere in the Theatre on the Balustrade. At the same theatre he has also directed Austrian author Ernst Jandl’s "From Strange Lands" (2005), Lenka Lagronová’s "Etty Hillesum" (2006), Ibsen’s last play "When We Dead Awaken" and Per Olov Enquist’s "Blanche and Marie". At NoD Theatre he has created experimental productions combining various artistic genres: "Incomplete Dream", from the writings of Fernando Pessoa (NoD, Prague 2007), "Lamento / From Dance to Dust and Back to Dance (The Day and Night of Mother Theresa)" from a script by Lucie Trmíková, with music by Miloš Orson Štědroň (NoD, Prague 2010) or Egon Tobiáš’ quixotic variation Nod Quijote (NoD, Prague 2011). In the Comedy Theatre he has directed "Tabori", "The Cannibals", "Jandl", "The Humanists" (2006) and Cabaret Ivan Blatný with a libretto and music by Miloš Orson Štědroň (2007), and in the Theatre in Dlouhá Ibsen’s "The Wild Duck" (2007). He teaches in the direction and dramaturgy department at DAMU, and also works with the College of Acting. Since 1987 he has also worked with the National Theatre, directing Behan’s play "The Hostage" (1987), Schiller’s tragedy "Intrigue and Love" (2004), Moliere’s "Don Juan" (2008) and Shakespeare’s "King Lear" (2011). He is the holder of an Alfréd Radok award for direction from 2005.
About Omnimusa: Omnimusa – A civic association with no theatre, since 2007 Omnimusa has performed the musical and theatrical projects of composer and librettist Miloš Orson Štědroň. The projects, which go beyond the boundaries of both drama theatre and opera, have been highly praised by critics. Omnimusa’s most recent project, Gočár Theatre, won an Alfréd Radok award for best music in 2012.
Gočár Theatre by Miloš Orson Štědroň and Jan Nebeský is a small gem (…) Gočár Theatre is precisely the kind of auteur-style project that Czech theatre needs more than anything else. It is things like this that give birth to something new and creative, and which restore one’s faith in the creativity of local artists and Czech theatre in general.
Jana Machalická, Lidové noviny
Gočár Theatre by Miloš Orson Štědroň, a musical about architecture that is also extremely entertaining (…) is an example of work by an independent production team that gets by without huge resources to back it up and which has managed to create great works several times in a row – work that no one doubts is art, although the audience members enjoy themselves thoroughly throughout.
Vojtěch Varyš, Týden
It is fascinating to watch how Gočár Theatre, playfully and naturally, combines decadent (and sometimes also mystificatory) jokes with the serious nature of architectural work (…). It is exceptional theatre, brimming over with that blessed state of the soul that we call joy.
Marie Reslová, Česká pozice