A LOOP FOR TWO
(or Not Another Original Slovak Homemade Gibbet)
Some periods call for some fear. Yeti t seems that the fear of the corrupted world runs deeper and, each time, has the same path. Moreover, fear has the potential to send a righteous man to the attic, in the sand, or on woman’s arms. To escape the corrupted world. The love triangle in the story by the Slovak playwright Ivan Bukovčan didn’t even have to happen. The point merely is who met whom and where, or who really trusts whom. Where is the dividing line between a dream and reality? Between a lie and truth? How do we, today, hide from fear? The story by Ivan Bukovčan A Loop for Two from the Slovak stage classics talks also about how we hide in a shell, what egotists and bitter maniacs we can be. Adapted by Zuzana Kolejáková and translated by Lucia Faltin for Bridgin’ Drama, the play is directed by Vojtech Koleják.
Music: Adam Dekan
Production: Bridgin’ Drama
Author: Ivan Bukovčan
Author of lighting design: Ondrej Kaprálik
Translated by: Lucia Faltin
Adaptation and dramaturgy: Zuzana Kolejáková
Concept and directed by: Vojtech Koleják
Vojtech graduated at the Faculty of Natural Sciences specialising in teaching mathematics and chemistry. He went on to study stage directing and dramaturgy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava under Professor Strnisko and Associate Professor Ondriska. Vojtech focuses on the outreach of theatre in day-to-day life and applied theatre under the brand Trieska v oku. He is also involved in interactive and learning theatre: with his wife, the dramaturge and stage director Zuzana Kolejáková he runs the theatre for children and youth Divadlo ZáBaVKa. For Bridgin’ Drama he directed the production of Just Another Cup of Tea based on the play by Slovak playwright Ivan Stodola.
Zuzana studied media communication in Trnava and stage dramaturgy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava under professor Vajdička. She founded and manages theatre for children and youth Divadlo ZáBaVKa which is her author domain. She helped launch Bridgin’ Drama with stage readings. Under her guidance, dramaturgy and stage directing the company produced Tajovský Ruulezz! At the Primary Art School in the town of Senec she chairs the Literature and Drama Department: together with her pupils she has become laureate of several awards.
A native of Trnava, I founded the music project Gladia Moony that was well received by critics and featured at local and international festivals. I was member of a few music groups and have participated on several vocal and electronic albums, as well as film projects and stage productions.
I am restless artist with a distaste for boredom, which leads me to jumping between professions of an actor (A. Camus: Caligula, J.M.Synge: Playboy of the Western World, J. Whedon: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog), voice actor, stage director (M.Ravenhill: Citizenship, M. Hamlisch, N.Simon: They´re Playing Our Song) and lead programmer and lighting designer (P. Hammel, M. Varga, A. Vášová: Cyrano z predmestia, P. Hamilton: Gas Light). I hold a degree in stage directing from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. I was member of the nominating committee of Theatre Creators Academy Awards in the season 2018/2019 and am an executive manager of the Awards in the season 2019/2020.
I am Daniel Hall, originally from Oxford U.K., and have been living and working in Bratislava now. I am a semi-professional actor, having performed on professional stages in the U.K. Hungary, Czechia, Slovakia, and India, in addition to taking on directing and production responsibilities. In Budapest I worked with several semi-professional companies, developing devised projects with international casts, in addition to established works by Vaclav Havel, Tennessee Williams, and David Mamet. In additon, I represented Hungary at the 2015 International Storytelling Festival in Delhi, India, translating and performing children’s stories written by a Hungarian author. I also took on minor roles in TV series filmed in Budapest, and appeared in psychology training videos for Gedeon Richter. In Slovakia, I appeared at the Bridgin’ Theatre Festival in 2017, and have recently completed filming an advertisement for the Bratislava Tourist Board.
My day job involves the education of younger people, working with the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (VŠMU) training the rector, teachers, and young students of theatre management in communication and presentation in English. I am also working with Edudrama in developing intercultural awareness training for children and young people, and ELIT kids as a CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) teacher at Slovak state primary schools.
As all four of Greg’s grandparents were born in Slovakia. For his “day job”, he is a New York lawyer who has made Bratislava his home, and who works as an international human rights lawyer in Central and Southeastern Europe. In another life, he worked as a professional actor In New York City. He has performed in over 40 theater productions including New York performances Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, in summer theater on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and in Illinois and Indiana, and in university and community theater. He has performed Off-Broadway in Eugene O´Neill´s “The Hairy Ape” with Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks“ “Good Night and Good Luck“) and Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek – The Next Generation“), and Off-Off Broadway in “Caesar”, a modern-dress production of Julius Caesar with Brian Dennehy (Golden Globe, Emmy and Tony Award winner). Recently, he has performed in English-speaking theater in Bratislava with the Bridgin’ Drama Theater Group, and the Forum Theater – Theater of the Oppressed Workshop. He earned a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Theater at Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois, and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A) in Acting at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio as part of Bob Hobbs‘Professional Actor Training Program. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and of Screen Actors’ Guild / American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
Instead of writing about myself, I decided to ask the people who know me better ?
This is the result and, in essence, my biography…
She is creative, innovative and brings those qualities in everything she does… Compassionate, caring, a great friend (and an even greater enemy…if needs be), a bastard sometimes, but often it makes sense…
An experienced language teacher and communication expert, she taught in person and online, and she is getting better at mastering the work-life balance management…
Apart from being an English teacher she is a mother of two teenagers, a proud “mom” of two mix breeds in Serbia, and a “stepmom” of two lovely cats here in Slovakia.
And, although she had a lot to do with theatre in the past, A Loop for Two will be her “debut” ?
Several years ago I decided to change my life with the only thing I always wanted – playing drama. When I think about it, art has always been my hobby. Poetry, books, theatre, movies – I enjoy them all. But I didn’t want to remain just as a passionate lover of actors and actresses. My dream was, is, and always will be, to be part of it – to be an actress. That’s why I have become a member of the drama group so called TANDEM in Bratislava. I also write short drama scripts for children and young people and take part as an actress in some other projects.