The Man Owns the Penis, the Vagina Owns the Woman

The boxing ring is open, let chauvinism take the stage!

In the early twentieth century, a young philosopher writes his book, Gender and Character. Shortly after its release, in early October 1903, he rents an apartment in Vienna. The philosopher's name is Otto Weininger and he is twenty-three years old. The apartment he has rented is the same one where Ludwig van Beethoven died. Of course, it’s not a coincidence...  In July 1968, a woman enters the studio of a famous artist and shoots at him. The woman’s name is Valerie Solanas, and, later that evening, she reports herself to a traffic cop. The man she was aiming at was Andy Warhol.

Two people who cannot be reconciled to the world and their own lives. Two people who despised the opposite sex and ostentatiously stated their positions. Misogyny (hatred of women) and misandry (hatred of men) at pivotal moments in the twentieth century. “A woman is either a mother or a whore; neither offers anything good, let alone intelligent. Even the worst man is still more valuable than the best woman…” “…the male is an incomplete female, a walking abortion, aborted at the gene stage. To be male is to be deficient, emotionally limited; maleness is a deficiency disease and males are emotional cripples.” How many people will nod in agreement, whether openly or in secret?

English subtitles available

Audience: adult, children 15+

About the company

The Švanda Theatre in Smichov is a free cultural space on the left bank of the Vltava River. The theatre invites the audience to take part in the theatrical experience and engage in the dialogue we work to achieve through fresh dramaturgy and the formulation of distinct attitudes in politically and artistically unambiguous productions.

Spitfire Company is an artistic company that includes works of physical, visual and dance theatre. It is currently one of the most progressive ensembles of authorial theatre in the Czech Republic.

Theatre / company

Švanda Theatre and Spitfire Company / Švandovo divadlo

Czech title

Muž vlastní penis, vagina vlastní ženu

Author

Petr Boháč and Company

Direction

Petr Boháč and Miřenka Čechová

Music

Jan Kučera

Dramaturgy

Martina Kinská

Stage design

Lucia Škandíková

Costume design

Lucia Škandíková

Lighting design

Jiří Šmirk

Length of the performance

85 minutes

Stage area

small

Number of travelling persons

12

Language

Czech , Subtitles available

Audience

Adult , Children

Contact

Martina Kinská
kinska@svandovodivadlo.cz