Sin / Her Stepdaughter

Jozef Gregor TajovskýGabriela Preissová

Sin / Her Stepdaughter


Two gems of Slovak and Czech realistic drama

The new SND building, Studio
17. 3. 2023 19:00 h - 21:10 h

Schedule of performances

Wednesday 7. 6. 2023
19:00 h 21:10 h
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Thursday 8. 6. 2023
19:00 h 21:10 h
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Tajovský’s single act piece Sin may not be as widely known as his Statky-zmätky or The Women’s Law. Dramaturgically, however, Sin is a brilliantly constructed comedy in both terms: as a play, it is a comedy with evocative black humour moments, and a play that ends well. Its power stems from its commanding dramatic framework. Eva’s husband returns home, having spent years in America. He is unaware that, meanwhile, Eva got involved with a juvenile irresponsible servant Jano. A child has been born out of the union. Eva is desperate and does not know how her husband will respond to the situation. The path to the non-sentimental happy end leads through uneasy conversations and questioning of one’s mind. The core dramaturgical setting of Her Stepdaughter is quite similar. The young Jenůfa is expecting a child with the irresponsible Števo. Nonetheless, he is not prepared to marry her. Laco would marry her, though he finds the idea of raising a child of another man whom he resents, unbearable. Hence, an unwanted child is a problem here as well. Unlike Tajovský, Preissová ends the story tragically. The joint staging of the two classics offers ample intriguing confrontations. It is a confrontation of two versions of a fundamental issue: one comic and another one tragic, a confrontation of two siblings in terms of national drama, of two approaches to life, two national mentalities. Sin as well as Her Stepdaughter were among the first premières in the history of the Slovak National Theatre. Bringing them together and their new staging is yet another contribution by the SND Drama Company to the celebrations of the SND centenary.
Running time: 2 hrs 10 minutes, no interval
Première September 12, 2020
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Production Team

Direction by Matúš Bachynec
Dramaturgy by Daniel Majling
Costumes Ján Husár
Lighting design Ján Ptačin
Choreography Assistance Juraj Letenay


Eva Vica Kerekes (as a guest)
Jano Matúš Beniak (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Her Stepdaughter
Church girl Dana Košická (as a guest)
Karolka Viktória Šuplatová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Chorus/extras Anna Dysko (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Viktória Šuplatová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Tadeáš Bolo (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Ján Cibula (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Adam Marenišťák (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Paulína Vachová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Kristína Koblíšková (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Jakub Somora (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)