The Gods Don´t Play Hockey
THE GODS DON´T PLAY (ICE-)HOCKEY (BOHOVÉ HOKEJ NEHRAJÍ)
M 6, F 2
an Industrial Comedy
Tomáš is a full back in a local extra-league ice-hockey team famous for his tough and unyielding approach. In his private life, though, he is a very sensitive, poem-writing man. Kristián is a folk singer neither very well known nor successful. He is in fact a total opposite of Tomáš: he tries to write lyric songs but is very cynical in his personal life. One day they both meet in a bar, become friends after an initial quarrel, and their lives are changed. Moreover, an 18 year old Gypsy called Žaneta gets involved in their lives...
A comedy with some elements of Ancient Greek tragedy is set in the milieu of the lowest classes in an industrial town in the North of the Czech Republic. The first draft of the play commissioned for the Činoherní Studio Theatre in Ústí nad Labem had a successful rehearsed reading at the Petr Bezruč Theatre in Ostrava.
The play was also developed during International Residency for Emerging Playwrights, organized by The Royal Court Theatre in London in July/August 2008. The world premiere took place in December 2008 at the Činoherní Studio Theatre in Ústí nad Labem.
Translated into English by David Short.