Marriage Story

Lucie Trmíková


Jan Nebeský

MARRIAGE STORY “Love, jealousy, marriage, dreams, freedom, money, theatre”… Ten years since it was founded, and thirty years since the trio Nebeský – Trmíková – Prachař first worked together, the award-winning JEDL Theatre is celebrating with a production that continues in its “Scandinavian line”. Alongside David Prachař
and Lucie Trmíková, Anna Fialová also excels in August Strindberg’s marital triangle.

“ (…) Lucie Trmíková’s script uses motifs from the biographical work of Swedish playwright and writer August Strindberg. He was famous for both his marital escapades and the works in which he processed his family conflicts in a highly drastic way. The result is a grotesquely tense story of the stormy relationship
between a somewhat misogynistic man of letters and an ambitious but not overly-talented actress. An ironic look at acting, seen as a calling that is also a diagnosis, forms the second substantive layer of Marriage Story.

“ These cruelly entertaining “scenes from married life” are a brilliant and for the most part grotesquely tense set of acting studies on the individual stages of the Strindbergs’ marriage, starting with love at first sight and ending with a raging power struggle, jealousy, hate and separation. They are divided by review-type musical numbers. (…) The music and acting raise the banal situations and marital squabbles to the level of cabaret opera, entertaining and intelligible, contemporary but highly artistic.(…) Not one of the characters is endowed with empathy, each plays their role, trying to fulfil their own ideas of life without regard for others. Even the charming female conspiracies and erotic teasing between Siri and Marie ends up being a mere game. Nevertheless, this wildly unleashed
parade of human selfishness in the end calms down, collects itself and reaches bitter catharsis.
——MARIE RESLOVÁ, aktuálně.cz

JAN NEBESKÝ (1953) Czech theatre director and teacher. Studied direction at DAMU in Prague. His direction of Ernst Jandl’s Aus der Fremde at Prague’s Theatre on the Balustrade won an Alfréd Radok award for Production of the Year in 2004. Since 2002, when the Divadlo Komedie company was dissolved, Jan Nebeský has been freelance, working at the Studio Hrdinů, the National Theatre and other Prague theatres (he also works with the company 420PEOPLE and Studio DAMÚZA, and with the Theatre in Dlouhá and the Palmovka Theatre). Since 2004 he has also taught directing at the DAMU theatre faculty. In 2011 he, Lucie Trmíková and David Prachař founded the civic association JEDL, under which independent projects are created, combining various kinds of art (theatre, dance, music, fine art). Jan Nebeský has an exceptional stage imagination, finding his way to the content of texts with the aid of artistic symbols, absurd short cuts, and stylised, expressive acting. His productions are formed by a pleiad of unexpected ideas, a specific atmosphere and style. Nebeský’s theatre uses layer upon layer of meaning, runs into free association, combines themes in a collage-like way and works with the set, text and actors with unusual imagination.

JEDL David Prachař, Lucie Trmíková and Jan Nebeský are artists and friends who in 2011 founded the JEDL association as a platform for independent auteur-style theatre. They first met in the Činoherní klub, brought together by a classical play, and 26 years later they were once again connected by a classical theme in a production of Medea. The production represented something typical of JEDL: the reshaping of original literary works through actor and script writer Lucie Trmíková’s auteur-style writing, and the connection of theatre with all other areas of art, including painting, sculpture and music. In the 2019/2020 season, JEDL collected an exceptional number of awards: a wider nomination for a Thálie Award (Martin Dohnal), a Divadelní noviny Award (Karel Dobrý) and success in the Theatre Critics’ Awards – a win in the category Production of the Year 2020 (Zahradníček / All Mine are Thine), Male Performance of the Year 2020 (Karel Dobrý), Female Performance of the Year 2020 (Lucie Trmíková) and also a nomination in the same survey for Theatre of the Year 2020.