Russian Diaries

Aľa RachmanovováRoman Polák

Russian Diaries

The new SND building, Drama hall
25. 4. 2019 19:00 h - 22:30 h

“We shall shoot you like dogs, along with your white collars, you intelligent swine.”

What to do when academic attainment which one longed for the entire life, suddenly becomes a drawback; When knowledge becomes an instrument of dominance and suppression; When one becomes subject of suspicion just because of wearing spectacles? What to do when crudeness becomes a virtue, ignorance is deemed to be innocence and ruthlessness is seen as “fair anger”? Can educational attainment and cultural astuteness defend themselves and their status? Rakhmanova’s diaries portray the fate of young girl from a cultured family who thirsts for learning during the Bolshevik revolution and Russian civil war. The diaries are most powerful, authentic and impressive account about an era that sprang out of control, a terrifying narrative that is at the same time deep, one that unveils the deepest corners of soul.

Running time: 3 hrs 30 mins with one interval

Production Team

Translated by Zuzana Demjanová
Dramatisation and directed by Roman Polák
Dramaturgy Daniel Majling
Set design Pavel Borák


Alexandra Ľvovna Rachamanovová Monika Potokárová
Grandfather František Kovár
Zinaida Vasilievna Pesotska, Vice-Governor Zdena Studenková
Junior Professor Georgi Alexandrovich Ján Koleník (as a guest)
Yekaterina Pavlovna Kalininkova Monika Hilmerová
Grizelda Nikolayevna Dominika Kavaschová
Gorbunov Robert Roth
Colonel Orlov Emil Horváth
Porter Pugovkin Branislav Bystriansky
Otmar Filip Šebesta (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Irina Ľvovna Rachmanovová Rachel Šoltésová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Nataša Ľvovna Rachmanovová Romana Ondrejkovičová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Natočka Karin Tužinská (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Marusia Petuchovová Anežka Petrová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Maňa Beľajevova Fanni Hostonská (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Lieberman Kristián Kozmenko (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Lidočka Bibiana Pogány (as a guest)