Ein Stück: Tschechien: Nachlese (Gleanings) 2021: Martina Kinská

Drama Panorama, along with the Czech Centre Berlin and the Czech Embassy Berlin, invites you to the festival of Czech Contemporary Theatre.

In its Gleanings 2021 edition, Ein Stück: Tschechien presents Martina Kinská’s play Pankrác ’45.

Wednesday, 20.10.2021, 7:30pm
Tschechisches Zentrum Berlin, Wilhelmstr. 44 / entrance on Mohrenstraße, 10117 Berlin

Réka Derzsi as Lída in the play’s premiere production of Pankrác ´45 at Švanda Theatre in 2015 | Foto: Ivo Dvořák/archive of the theatre

Following the Ein Stück: Tschechien 2020 festival, Drama Panorama – together with its partners Czech Centre Berlin and the Czech Embassy Berlin – will once again present a contemporary Czech drama. Our guest this time will be the Czech playwright and winner of the 2020 festival audience award, Martina Kinská. We will present her play Pankrác ’45 in a staged reading followed by an audience discussion with the playwright.

Martina Kinská: Pankrác ’45

20.10.2021, 7:30pmStaged reading and discussion with the playwright
Translation: Daniela Pusch
Editing: Drama Panorama
Directed by: Eberhard Köhler
Read by: Ariella Hirshfeld, Sonja Kriesel, Chiara Leske, Inken Paland, Friederike Pöschel

About the playwright

Martina Kinská | Foto: private

Martina Kinská (*1978) is an dramaturg and playwright. She has received a master’s degree in Theatre Directing and Dramaturgy, later in Theory and Critical Review of Dramatic Theatre at the Theatre School of the Academy of the Fine Arts in Prague. She started working at several professional theatres while she was still studying. She also works as a dramaturg and writer in film and is co-writer of scripts for several TV series. Since 2005, she has been dramaturg of the Švandovo divadlo (Švanda Theatre) in Prague, having adapted many texts for that stage (e. g. Krakatit based on Karel Čapek, 2013; The Pied Piper based on Viktor Dyk, 2016). She also wrote a libretto for the opera The Nightingale and the Rose based on Oscar Wilde (score by Jiří Hájek, 2012). IN 2017, she was dramaturg for the production Žítkovské bohyně (En. The Legacy of the Goddesses, based on the iconic novel by Kateřina Tučková) at Brno City Theatre (Městské divadlo Brno).Her play Pankrác ’45 premiered in 2015 and tells the story of five women who meet in the Czech prison of the same name at the end of World War II. The play won the 2nd-3rd prize at the theatre critics award for the best Czech play produced for the first time in 2016. It was then presented as a staged reading at the New York Rehearsal for Truth theatre festival in 2018. With this text, Kinská also made her debut as a director. As a director and playwright, she directed and adapted Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray in 2018. Together with historian Radek Schovánek, she wrote the play Agent tzv. společenský, first produced by the Tetris theatre group on the studio stage of the Svanda Theatre. In 2019, the production received the Mark Ravenhill Award as the best play produced for the first time.

About the play Pankrác´ 45

The play. whose subtitle is “Casting for an Execution”, deals with the Czechoslovakian post-war era, with the hysteria of the transition from the Protectorat to the re-founded postwar republic, where Nazi collaborators were identified and executed excessively, but also selectively and according to often dubious criteria. That also included famous actresses like Adina Mandlová or Lída Baarová, who made history as Joseph Goebbels’ lovers. With those two stars, whose story is based on documentary material, and three other characters with their individual war time stories, Kinská creates a meeting at the infamous Pankrác prison in Prague.

The play premiered at the Švanda Theatre on November 7, 2015.

Thanks to the following institutions for the funding of the event:

The German-Czech Future Fund, Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic / The Czech Embassy Berlin, Czech Literary Centre / The Moravian Library in Brno, Arts and Theatre Institute Prague – www.PerformCzech.cz, DILIA – Theatre, Literary, Audiovisual Agency, Association, Czech Republic.

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Videodocumentation: Emil Laaß