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The Elegance of the Molecule

Dejvice Theatre (Dejvické divadlo), Zelená 15a, Praha 6 - Dejvice, 160 00

  • drama

When?

  • Sun 20. 10. 2019 19.00
  • Mon 21. 10. 2019 19.00
  • Sun 10. 11. 2019 19.00
  • Tue 19. 11. 2019 19.30

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Three molecules and three men with a vision, willing to take risks.

A chemical laboratory is often just a few hundred metres away from the pharmacy on the corner. But on this journey, a molecule of a medicine passes through hundreds of millions of dollars worth process on which thousands of people participate. That is to say, the one molecule lucky to reach the finish line. The Elegance of the Molecule tells a story of three such substances and their three “fathers”, one of them being professor Antonín Holý, a Czech chemist genius. The play deals with the genesis and the dramatic industrial development of substances produced by Czech chemical laboratories that are used today by more than eighty percent of AIDS patients all over the world.

Otto Wichterle had his famous story about constructing a Merkur (a construction set built in Czechoslovakia) based apparatus for experimental production of his first soft contact lenses. Petr Zelenka's play is looking for a similar “Merkur” in the life of Antonín Holý.

A story about a strong vision, prescience, luck and a reward that came too late.

author > Petr Zelenka

directed by > Petr Zelenka

cast > Ivan Trojan, Veronika Khek Kubařová, Martin Myšička, Pavel Šimčík, Petr Vršek, Zdeňka Žádníková ...

running time > 2 h 20 min (including an interval)

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Information source: Dejvické divadlo