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
12. 10. 2021 19:30 h - 21:00 h

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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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.
Subtitles: en


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