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On  January  31,  2017  we  went  to  Prague  to  see  a  play  called  "Její  pastorkyňa"  (English "Jenůfa")  -  classic  Czech  drama  by  Gabriela  Preissová,  Czech  writer  and  playwright.  It was  first  performed  at  the  Brno  Theatre  in  November  1890.  In  1893  famous  Czech composer Leoš Janáček started write an opera with the same name. He finished it in 1903 and people could see it in January 1904 in Brno for the first time. In the Vinohrady Theatre we visited was the premiere on September 16, 2016.

We  arrived  at  Prague  at  6  pm.  We  had  a  lot  of  time,  so  we  went  to  McDonald's.  I  was traveling with my 3 dear friends and with 2 girls from first grade. After little refreshment we went back to the theatre. We took our seats in the 12th line and the performance started traditionally at 7 pm. The view was awesome. The stage was so close!

Její  pastorkyňa  is  a  tragedy.  The  play  is  about  Jenůfa,  her  stepmother  Kostelnička, Jenůfa's boyfriend Števa and Števa's stepbrother Laca, who loves Jenůfa, but she deeply loves Števa  and  they're  planning  wedding. After  the  scene,  when  Laca  accidentally  cuts Jenůfa  into  her  cheek  with  a  knife, Števa  leaves  Jenůfa.  In  the  second  part  of  the  play, Jenůfa finds out she's pregnant and Števa is the father. When she gives birth, Kostelnička hides  Jenůfa  and  her  child.  She  begs  Števa  to  marry  Jenůfa,  but  he's  already  planning another  wedding  with  mayor's  daughter.  Then  she  calls  Laca  to  her  house  and  tells  him everything about Jenůfa and her child. He's shocked, but his love to Jenůfa remains. One night, Kostelnička does terrible thing. After Jenůfa falls asleep, she takes the child and kills it. She tells everyone who knew about the child that it died and she has already borrowed it.

Later, on Laca's and Jenůfa's wedding, a group of young men brings a chest with the dead baby. Jenůfa opens the chest and she can't believe her eyes. Everybody on the wedding is shocked and they want to stone Jenůfa to death. In that moment, Kostelnička comes and she tells the truth. Jenůfa forgives her, but Kostelnička still has to go to court.

The story is located to a Moravian village, the language was also Moravian.

I've told my friends that I write this article and I've asked them for their opinions. Here you can see what I've received:

• friend No. 1: "It was very dramatic, I've liked that comedy (editor's note: "Pygmalion" we visited last year) more. I almost cried when I was watching one scene in this play. In my opinion it was fairly lengthly, in fact it was still about the one thing all the time. But it was quite interesting. I liked Havlová's performance."

• friend  No.  2:  "I  think  it  was  nice!  I  really  liked  the  choice  of  the  dresses  and  Dagmar Havlová acted awesome too. I would probably liked some comedy more, but it was still very good drama. The choice of actors who played Števa and Laca was weird, but they still acted excellent."

And  my  opinion?  It  was  really  nice.  I  can't  compare  it  with  Pygmalion  like  friend  No.  1, because  one  is  tragedy  and  one  is  comedy.  I  agree  that  the  performance  of  Dagmar Havlová was extraordinary. Whole play was very emotional, it was a nice change from all those  comedies  I  usually  visit  in  the  theaters.  I  like  plays  where  I  can  see  some  famous actors  and  that's  usual  in  Vinohrady  Theatre.  We  could  see  Naďa  Konvalinková  as mayor's wife or Carmen Mayerová - mother of the famous Czech actor Tereza Kostková - as  Grandmother  Buryjovka.  In  the  role  of  Kostelnička  was  Dagmar  Havlová  like  I've already mentioned.

I'm already looking forward to some other theatre trip!

Daniel Giebel, kvinta A