SAD 3/2020

Miroslav Petříček
TRUTH AND FACTS

    LUDWIK FLECK: ORIGINS AND DEVELOPMENT OF A SCIENTIFIC FACT

Karel Haloun
THE BITTER SONGS OF SWEET FRANCE

truth and lies on the road – volume 2

Petr Fischer
MOORE, MOORE, MOORE

documentary papers – volume 2

KAFKA AS SOFTWARE - „KAFKA“: GIVE UP!

Karel Král
THE GOLDEN AGE?
(SUBJECTIVE VIEW OF THE MOST REMARKABLE PRODUCTIONS ON LAST FIVE SEASONS OF CZECH THEATRE)


Vladimír Mikulka
IN AN APARTMENT, IN A PARK, ON THE STREET
(THREE PERFORMANCES FROM CIRKOPOLIS 2020 FESTIVAL)
(Claudel Doucet, Cooper Smith: Se Prendre, Claudel Doucet & Cooper Lee Smith,2019; Alexander Vartounhout: Red Haired Man, Alexander Vartounhout, 2018; Eric Longequel, Jay Gilligan: How to welcome the Aliens?, directed by Thibault Condy, Compagnie Ea Eo, 2019)

Karel Král
ELATION FROM DISASTER (CIRKOPOLIS – HUITIÈME JOUR)
(La Mob à Sisyphe: Huitième Jour, Compagnie  La Mob à Sisyphe)

Jan Šotkovský
FEMALE BAKERS, FEMALE SINGERS, WAITRESSES, GAL PALS AND MOTHERS
(PRE-BREXIT LONDON MUSICALS)
(Jessie Nelson – Sara Bereilles: Waitress, directed by Diane Paulus, Adelphi Theatre, 2019; Kator Hall – Frank Ketelaar – Kees Prins: Tina, directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Aldwych Theatre, 2018; Craig Lucas – Daniel Messé – Nathan Tysen: Amélie, directed by Michael Fentiman, The Other Pallace, 2019; Steven Levenson – Benj Pasek – Justin Paul: Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Michel Greif, Noël Coward Theatre, 2019)

QUARANTINE (SECOND SURVEY FROM THE TIMES OF CORONAVIRUS)
(responders: Miřenka Čechová, Tomáš Procházka, Anna Davidová, Martin Myšička, Hana Burešová, Michal Dočekal, Lenka Havlíková, Jiří Adámek, Ondřej Sokol and Lucia Repašská)

Petr Fischer
IN A TOW OF FATE
(A GENERAL MEETING BY PAVEL KOHOUT)
(Pavel Kouhout: A General Meeting in the Times of the Virus from Bats, or Ovulation Operation, or Mission David, or Three SIsses, live stream of authors reading, Divadlo na Vinohradech, 2020)


S.d.Ch.
TUT ON TENERIFE or The Pandemic Asylum of an Indifferent Beast or The Building of Collective (Cultural) Immunity

(original series in quarantine)

Blanka Křivánková
NOT ONLY BROADWAY IN THE TIMES OF A PANDEMIC
(USA)

Natálie Preslová
POETRY AND PHOTONOVELS
(FRANCE)

Paweł Sztarbowski
ATTENTION! THE VIRUS
(POLAND)

DAVID FINNIGAN
KILL CLIMATE DENIERS


TO FIGHT WITH FUCKWITS AND BE KIND TO EACH OTHER
(interview with David Finnigan)

TOMÁŠ DIANIŠKA: BIG BROTHER
Truth, Love and Those Others 3/6 

Vladimír Mikulka
THE OWNERS: LOST IN TRANSLATION
(FILM VERSION OF SUCCESFULL PERFORMANCE BY JIŘÍ HAVELKA)

KLIMÁČEK DANGLÁR: TWINS 3 - HAMLET CONDEMNED
(fantasy comics about final battle between theatre and television in our as well as parallel world)
 



The issue opens with Miroslav Petříček’s essay “Truth and Facts”, which is accompanied by an excerpt from the works of a nearly forgotten Polish physician Ludwik Fleck, entitled “Origins and Development of a Scientific Fact”. Karel Haloun’s series “Truth and Lies on the Road” continues with its second instalment “The Bitter Songs of Sweet France” and Petr Fischer (“Moore, Moore, Moore”) writes in the second instalment of the “documentary papers” about the works of controversial American documentary film-maker Michael Moore. The opening section “Truth… and Salvation?” concludes with a report on a unique artificial intelligence project “Kafka as Software”. In the section “Fog in front of Us… Fog behind Us”, Karel Král’s essay “The Golden Age?” offers a “subjective” view of the most remarkable productions on Czech theatre stages over the last five seasons. The section “Let Bygones Be Bygones… the Circus in Prague” goes back to the Cirkopolis Festival. Vladimír Mikulka (“In an Apartment, in a Park, on the Street”) writes about productions Se Prendre by the Canadian duo Claudel Doucet and Cooper Lee Smith, Red Haired Man by Belgian Alexander Vantourhnout, and How to Welcome the Aliens? by Compagnie Ea Eo, also from Belgium. In the following essay “Elation from Disaster” Karel Král reviews the production The Eighth Day by the French Compagnie La Mob à Sisyphe. In his essay “Female Bakers, Female Singers, Gal Pals and Mothers”, Jan Šotkovský summarizes his spring visit to musical London and he writes about productions of Waitress (Adelphi Theatre), Tina (Aldwych Theatre), Amélie (The Other Palace), and Dear Evan Hansen (Noël Coward Theatre). The section “Spring 2020… from Czechia to Tenerife” introduces “Quarantine – The Second Survey from the Times of Coronavirus” in which ten Czech theatre artists from significant municipal theatres and alternative stages of various orientations give their views on questions relevant today. Petr Fischer (“In a Tow of Fate”) reviews the author’s online reading of Pavel Kohout’s new play A General Meeting in the Times of the Virus from Bats… in which the ninety-two-year-old author also bids farewell to the theatre. The section closes with a parodic “original series in quarantine”, entitled by its author S.d.Ch. Tut on Tenerife or The Pandemic Asylum of an Indifferent Beast or The Building of Collective (Cultural) Immunity. Its title character, Tut, is a Minister of Culture who imitates the pharaoh Tutankhamun. The section “And… from Broadway to Virtual Reality” includes essays summarizing the experience of the theatre existing under conditions of pandemic restrictions. Blanka Křivánková (“Not Only Broadway in the Times of a Pandemic”) reports on the U. S. A., largely focusing mainly on the project 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues. Natálie Preslová (“Poetry and Photonovels”) writes about France and mentions, for instance, the projects Le Culture Truck or Poetic Sessions on the Phone. In his essay “Attention! The Virus”, Paweł Sztarbowski, the dramatic adviser of the Warsaw Teatr Powszechny, summarizes developments in Poland ranging from the impacts of the crisis on the financial situation in culture to experiments with a virtual stage. The play of this issue is a Tarantinian farce about (not only) eco-terrorism and a courageous woman minister of environment, entitled Kill Climate Deniers, by the Australian playwright David Finnigan. With whom there is also a short correspondence interview about the themes of his drama and other things, entitled “To Fight with Fuckwits and Be Kind to Each Other”. The series of flash dramas “Truth, Love and Those Others” written exclusively for the SAD magazine continues with Tomáš Dianiška’s text Big Brother, and the third instalment of “the fantasy comic about the last battle between theatre and television in our as well as parallel worlds” by the duo Klimáček-Danglár is entitled Hamlet Condemned.