Cryptogram

David Mamet

Mum, do you ever wish to die? A living-room drama. Ordinary.

TRANSLATION Jitka Sloupová
DIRECTION Silvia Vollmannová
DRAMATURGY Lenka Havlíková
ASSISTANT DRAMATURG Eva Lietavová
SCENE AND COSTUME DESIGN Daša Krištofovičová
MUSIC Tomáš Valent
CAST Marie Švestková, Václav Marhold, Marek Pospíchal

Czech premiere on 19 February 2020

It is getting late and John is waiting for his dad. He cannot sleep. Mom breaks the teapot and dad is still not here. Who torn the blanket and when? A broken teapot. A torn blanket. The Wizard said that bad things come in threes, John recalls. But what if the third thing already took place? What if we have been failing every day but were not able to see it? The glimpses of the past appear as unbreakable ciphers and riddles, unfinished sentences depict the anxiety, dialogue becomes a vain effort. Cryptograms are funny brain teasers where letters never stand for letters. If you see an X, it on no account means X.

Cryptogram