Sin / Her Stepdaughter

Jozef Gregor TajovskýGabriela Preissová

Sin / Her Stepdaughter


Two gems of Slovak and Czech realistic drama

The new SND building, Studio
17. 5. 2024 19:00 h - 21:10 h

Schedule of performances

Thursday 12. 9. 2024
19:00 h 21:10 h
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Wednesday 23. 10. 2024
19:00 h 21:10 h
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Saturday 23. 11. 2024
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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Dramaturgický úvod 30 minút pred predstavením (Foyer Činohry, vstup voľný)

Production Team

Stage Director Matúš Bachynec
Dramaturgy by Daniel Majling
Costumes Design Ján Husár
Music Daniel Fischer (as a guest)
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)
Laca Daniel Fischer (as a guest)
Karolka Anna Dysko (as a guest)
Chorus/extras Anna Dysko (as a guest) Kristián Baran (as a guest) Stefánia Bencsíková (as a guest) Tereza Hanáková (as a guest) Adam Marenišťák (as a guest) Paulína Vachová (as a guest) Kristína Koblišková (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Jakub Somora (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Adam Hilek Petra Dubayová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Katarína Novotková (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Naďa Gášeková (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Anna Magdaléna Hroboňová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Laura Jankurová (as a guest) Ivana Kološová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)