Under Western Eyes

Joseph ConradDavid Jařab

Under Western Eyes


The story of a man who tried to sail harmlessly through an authoritarian regime, to have nothing to do with it, but chance prevented him from doing so

The new SND building, Studio
18. 11. 2023 19. 11. 2023

Schedule of performances

Thursday 26. 9. 2024
19:00 h 21:20 h
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Tuesday 22. 10. 2024
19:00 h 21:20 h
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Thursday 14. 11. 2024
19:00 h 21:20 h
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A young student comes to the community of Russian emigrants in Geneva. He is warmly accepted by then because they have received a message that he was an associate of the revolutionary who assassinated a leading official of the tsarist regime. However, nothing is what it seems at first glance.
Under Western Eyes is a story about a man who tried to sail through an authoritarian regime to have nothing to do with it, but coincidence prevented him from doing so. Is it possible to maintain a human dignity in totalitarianism without risking imprisonment, mutilation or death? Is it possible to survive in a repressive regime without being tainted by cooperation? And if the person gets into a situation where it is no longer possible to bury his head in the sand, does he have the right to send someone else to his death to protect himself? What will guilt do about the human psyche and self-evaluation? And how to survive a moral failure?
Running time: 2 hrs 20 minutes with one interval
Première November 18, 2023
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Production Team

Adaptation and direction David Jařab
Dramaturgy Daniel Majling
Stage Design David Jařab
Costumes Design Sylva Zimula Hanáková


Razumov Daniel Fischer (as a guest)
Viktor Ivanovič Alexander Bárta
Englishman Ján Gallovič
Haldin Peter Ondrejička (as a guest)