A Winter Funeral

Chanoch Levin

A Winter Funeral


Magical comedy about unconventional wedding preparations

The new SND building, Studio
29. 3. 2019 30. 3. 2019

Poetic farce by the iconic Israeli writer Chanoch Levin has the most rewarding vantage point. A family is planning a wedding and a funeral. Yet the two cannot be held simultaneously. Four hundred guests are invited to the wedding, where eight hundred chickens are to be served. Should the wedding be cancelled just because an aunt died and her son promised her, on her death bed, that the entire family would come to part with her? Thus, colourful and accidental pedestrians or rather runners – intellectuals start emerging in the colourful story. For we all are more interconnected than we think: with each other and with miracles that are beyond us. Hence, the second part of the fantasy farce takes us flying over the Himalayas. Along with minute ordinary people we meet the angels of life and death. Wedding and funeral are metaphorical milestones of our pilgrimages, no matter how much we keep on resisting them. Nonetheless, at least one of them is impossible to sidestep. Yet even that doesn’t necessarily have to happen without laughter.

Chanoch Levin was a brilliant poet, writer, journalist. Nonetheless, first and foremost he was unique and inimitable as playwright and theatre maker.

By the time his condition catapulted him (in 1999) from his small world, he managed to write sixty-three plays. Sixty-three bitter comedies or funny tragedies that prided themselves with all colours of laughter – from a sad smile to roaring laughter of spectators worldwide.

Running time: 2 hrs 30 mins with one interval

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Production Team


Lachek Bobichek Ľuboš Kostelný
Alte, his mother Zuzana Kocúriková
Shratsia, Bobichek’s Aunt Gabriela Dzuríková
Rashes, her husband Jozef Vajda
Popochenko, their son - groom Richard Autner
Velvecia, ich dcéra - nevesta AnnaMária Janeková (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Mária Schumerová (as a guest)
Tsitskeva, the groom’s mother Jana Oľhová
Baraguntsele, her husband Ivan Vojtek
Professor Kipernay, bachelor Martin Huba
Rosenzweig, ageing jogger Dušan Jamrich
Lichtenstein, ageing jogger Oldo Hlaváček (as a guest)
Angel Samuelov, the Angel of Death Ján Gallovič
Šachmandrina, buhistický mních Vladimír Obšil
Pšošicia, pekná, rozosmiata dievčina Sára Polyáková (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Anna Gajdziková (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Svadobní hostia, čašníci, hrobári, mnísi Erik Žibek (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Peter Kiss (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Martin Zachar (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)