Declaration of Independence

Michal BelejDaša Krištofovičová

Declaration of Independence


Authorial play inspired by the life of Edward Bernays and his wife Doris Fleischman.

The new SND building, The Blue Salon
17. 9. 2021 19:30 h - 20:50 h

I tis 1929 and cigarettes are the symbol of feminist movement in the United States. Across the country women are taking up smoking. Yet, the public does not realise that the feminist protest is. In fact, a clever campaign staged by the tobacco industry aimed to increase revenues from cigarette sales. Declaration of Independence is a play inspired by the life of Sigmund Freud’s nephew Edward Bernays, and his wife Doris Fleischman. Edward decides to use his uncle’s findings to manipulate public pinion and therefore founds his PR agency. Doris, an active feminist, wants to free herself form the role of a housewife. She thus fights for her partner’s position in the company. Yet, when they receive an assignment to teach women to smoke, Edward and Doris launch strategic games that affect both the public opinion, and their marriage.

Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes, no interval

In line with the current anti-pandemic measures, only those spectators may attend SND performance who are COMPLETELY VACCINATED and those who HAVE OVERCOME COVID-19 not earlier than 180 days ago.
In accordance with the valid decree, to visit the theatre, children aged 2 to 12 years + 2 months who intend to attend our performances are required to have a negative test result either from an Ag test not older than 48 hours or a PCR test not older than 72 hours.
Within the Vaccinated and/or Overcome régime, children older than 12 years and 2 months must be either vaccinated or, similarly to the requirement applicable to adults, must prove that they overcame COVID-19 not earlier than 180 days ago.

Production Team


Doris Fleischman Gabriela Dzuríková
Edward Bernays Andrej Šoltés (as a guest)