The Czech theater returns after the pandemic lockdown with a new production of Jiří Pokorný’s dark and menacing comedy “Dad Takes a Shot”. Photo credit: Danny Aboud.
Brno, October 7th (BD) – Firing a shot (idiom): firing a gun, shooting a ball at a goal; firing a shot + at: trying to hit, making a hurtful remark, trying to do something successfully; a shot + of: drink strong alcohol. All of this happens in “Dad Takes a Shot” (this track is not intended for young audiences, unless it is obvious). Czech Theater, zs is looking forward to recording – a second recording – on this piece.
In September 2020, in view of the pandemic, the Czech Theater ended the last performance of Karel Čapek’s wonderful “Makropulos Secret” and auditioned for his next play “Dad Takes a Shot” by Jiří Pokorný (translated by David Short). The actors had completed four rehearsals when coronavirus numbers reached a point where the government was closing theaters again; Going on was impossible.
The Czech Theater is a multicultural theater; some of the actors returned to their home countries. It’s an amateur theater; When one hobby was taken away, some actors took up other hobbies. When they were finally able to meet again in person to rehearse, half of the crew was gone. In September 2021, the Czech Theater held auditions again.
Anne Johnson, one of the founders of Czech theater, says: “As sad as it was to lose some actors, it was a pleasure to welcome new faces and to resume the process of putting on a show live and in person.” The Czech Theater is a community theater; Enabling the Brno people to come together for a Czech play in English is one of their main goals.
“Dad Takes a Shot” was written by Jiří Pokorný and is dedicated to the famous Brno HaDivadlo director Jan Antonín Pitínský. It was awarded the Alfred Radok Prize in 1997. Czech theater uses David Short’s translation (although some slang vocabulary was changed from Short’s choice of British English to make it accessible to audiences, many of whom do not speak English as their first language). The language of the piece – rough, crude, poetic – is one of its charms, and this poetry is expressed in the performance.
The play is not as well known as some of the Czech theater pieces, but it has a recognizable Czech tone. It begins as a naturalistic story of a group of drunks in a non-stop pub and then violently escalates into a pitch-black comedy.
Performances will take place on October 30th and 31st and November 6th and 7th in the Music Lab. The venue is small and we recommend buying tickets online through smsticket as the shows often sell out in advance. A vaccination certificate or a current negative test for Covid is required for entry.
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