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LENKA LAGRONOVA (1963 - )
DILIA civic association, Theatre and Literary Agency
Graduated in Dramaturgy from the Theatre Faculty of the academy of Performing Arts in Prague under Prof. Jaroslav Vostrý. Wrote several plays whilst still a student which were later presented in the Theatre DISK (eg, Nouzov). as a Dramaturge, she has worked only with the director Petr Lebl at the Theatre on the Balustrades. She devotes herself to writing plays for the Theatre and for radio. In her early works she concerned herself with the traumatising experiences of the younger generation, which she describes with a typically rough humour. She writes primarily about episodes in the maturing of young women (antilope). the second part of her work was influenced by her departure from theatrical life and entry into a convent (therese). In 1998 her play therese won the Alfred Radok award for Production of the Year (Comedy Theatre, directed by Jan Nebeský). In 1999 she received the competitive Czech Radio award for her radio debut Please Stand Up, and in 2002 this play won a prize in the Grand Prix BohemiA.
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Miriam / Miriam
Miriam / Miriam
a short play the size of a one-act is set in an old, neglected graveyard. Verka has escaped here because she "has broken everything" bringing with her pills she intends to swallow. Here she meets Mirka who has come to scythe the grass. Verka, drugged by the pills, on seeing Mirka in black and with a scythe is scared and falls down scratching her knee on an edge of a grave ("they are sharp. . . graves are sharp here"). Mirka invites her to her place to clean the wound. She lives in a former charnel house that she was "given" and where she built a humble dwelling. She makes Verka a cup of tea. During a rather ordinary conversation both women get to know each other revealing their inner world. Both are lonely, excluded, Verka suffers from a feeling of guilt - the reason why she punishes herself, while Mirka often does not eat for years hoping that someone will feel sorry for her. Both, however, try to bear their fate bravely. ("One only must not think that others live differently. the main thing is that one is alive. ") each of them has something that gives them strength: Verka has a cassette-player with a Polish recording of religious songs; Mirka has a wardrobe full of self-made evening gowns. Gradually they decide to die together, put on Mirka's dresses, and get into a deep grave they have decorated with a statue of Virgin Mary that somebody had dumped out. they lie down listening to the music from Verka's recording and sing. . . the play is outstanding with its unusual fragility and simplicity. the dialogue is written in short simple replies that have their distinctive poetics with traces of black humour. the repeated motives put together an extraordinary mosaic of two female lives that are sad and yet full of hope. a great acting opportunity for two actresses of any age.
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Male: - Female: 2 Other: male and female voice, eventually another woman
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