Valeria SchulczováRoman Olekšák



The original Slovak play about the controversial Leni Riefenstahl, Hitler’s “court director”, but also about artist’s responsibility for their work.

The new SND building, The Blue Salon

The original Slovak play Leni by authors Valeria Schulczová and Roman Olekšák talks about a fictitious encounter of two real people, Johnny Carson and Leni Riefenstahl. The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson was, for three decades, among the most watched talk shows in America. The controversial Leni Riefenstahl was Hitler’s “court director”. It is 1974 and Johnny is on the peak of his career. Leni is introducing in America her first completed project since the defeat of of the Nazi Germany, a book of photographs from Africa, The Last of Nubu. Yet Johnny knows what it is that his viewers are more interested in than the arts. Leni’s past becomes the main topic that cannot be covered up even by her emerging relationship with an assistant Horst, forty years her junior. What is artist’s responsibility for his work? What are the limits between servitude to an ideology, an active participation in building a régime and artistic work?

Running time: 1 hr 30 mins with no interval

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Leni Riefenstahl Zdena Studenková (as a guest)
Johnny Carson Ľubomír Paulovič
Bertha Eva Mária Chalupová (as a guest)
Horst Kettner Peter Brajerčík (as a guest) Juraj Bača (as a guest)