this apple, made of gold
FROM SLAVKO GRUM AWARD JURY'S JUSTIFICATION: Eroticism affects the audience as a sort of external stimulation used to directly influence the drama, escalate or diminish its intensity or reduce all sensuality in a theatre to a sense of awkwardness amongst the audience. Expressed to various degrees and with a varied depth of intention, theatre has been dealing with women and their sexuality ever since the English Restauration period when ladies took to the stage again. This was when plays were inundated by vocabulary of the erotic and any obstacles for such scandalous intrusions of eroticism as a whiff of nudity or explicit scenes of rape so typical for tragedies from 17th century were finally gone. Still, back then, eroticism played the role of attraction in theatre and it was very far from being a completely autonomous dramatic device or dramatic means of communication. The liberation of female sexuality and its unspoken secrets has been the subject of a wider debate mostly over the last few decades. In 1970s, Nancy Friday encouraged women to speak out about their sexual fantasies. Her interviews and letters from anonymous women revealed what really goes on in the minds of women whilst they are expected to be a sexual object and predisposed to being housewives. Various statistical data show that recently women are amongst the most daring and most common playwrights to treat sexuality in the sense of interpersonal mechanisms or inter-gender communication. One could also say that female writing can be identified when the author hasn’t signed their name. this apple, made of gold is a play that sets its own rules. Rules of a female author, sexuality as known by women, relationships as seen by women and a reality where modern women have their fantasies and in which they live. If at first sight, it may seem that men are mostly objectified in this piece, the female protagonists in fact allow men enough space for us to understand the questions both genders are asking about partner relationships, love, adultery and even confession.
and do you have a plan?
what plan, please
i’m going to the cemetery with my brother-in-law, to my husband’s grave that’s all
sweetie, you’re impossible
you’re going to the cemetery with your brother-in-law?
yes, we arranged to go to the grave together
he hasn’t been since the funeral
in some other culture, more inclined to showing emotions than ours, i’d commit hara-kiri now or something