대한민국 국기 Republic of Korea SEOUL THEATER FESTIVAL in SPAF

Tales of Common Insanity

Project Island

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  • Genre Theater
  • Writer Petr Zelenka
  • Director Ji-hye Seo
  • Language Korean (Surtitle in English)
  • Dates 10.26 Fri 8pm | 10.27 Sat 3pm & 7:30pm
    10.28 Sun 3pm
  • Tickets 30,000won
  • Premiere 2017. Seondol Theatre
  • Rating 15
  • Duration 165 min (Intermission)
  • Venue Small Hall, ARKO Arts Theater

Solitary madness of ordinary people
A funky and cultic theatre that defies a single definition of form

About performance

<Tales of Common Insanity>, which heated up Daehakro area this May, gets the opportunity for rerun at SPAF thanks to enthusiastic support. After its premiere in 2017, this piece gained a lot of attention before its presentation at Seoul Theater Festival in 2018, winning 5 awards including Grand Prix, Best Director, Best Actor(Dong-jin Nam, Kui-sun Kim) and Audience’s Pick. As part of the cooperation program which invites Grand Prix work of the festival to SPAF, it is meeting the audience once again this fall.
Inspired by the world-famous underground writer Charles Bukowski's novel, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness, it was premiered in 2001 by Czech playwright Petr Zelenka and named the Best Play at the country’s most prestigious Alfred Radok Awards. In 2005, it was released as a movie and received the Critics Award at Moscow International Film Festival. Still being translated and performed in over 20 countries, the play narrates solitary madness of a modern man in a very humorous, provocative and distinctive manner. <Tales of Common Insanity> depicts the lack of interpersonal communication, existential solitude and dark side of the modern society through its cutting descriptions and dialogues – the very aspects that made it possible to acquire the attraction and contemporaneity.

Synopsis

After breaking up with his lover Jana, Petr spends his life with cigarettes and alcohol, being lethargic. His friend Moucha, who consoles him, is a reclusive loner who concentrates on making masturbation devices. Also, Petr’s parents can talk to him but cannot have real communication at all. One day, a couple next door offers a job to him, which is watching them having sex…

Director
Ji-hye Seo
Ji-hye Seo

Ji-hye Seo, the director who has focused on the human itself alienated from the society in <Island> and <Forensic Investigation>, poses a fundamental question of humanity and explores the depths of different ideas and emotions of men in her every work. She began to make a name after creating a sensation in Daehakro in 2012 with her play <Island>. Rhythmical and dynamic movement patterns, diversified expressions of deep inner emotions and sentiments and strong messages would be the key factors in her work that speak to the audience. Her continuous and earnest passion to present the universal agony of human beings keeps up our expectations for her next steps. Her major works include <Golden Rice Restaurant>, <Forensic Investigation>, <Island> and <The Line>. In <Tales of Common Insanity>, she playfully depicts wandering madness derived from modern man’s solitude.

Credit

Director | Ji-hye Seo
Stage Design | Sang-soo Lee
Lighting Design | Sung-tae Kim
Lighting Operator | Su-in Gok
Stage Crew | David Roh
Subtitle Operator | Chan-mi Yeo
Cast | Dong-jin Nam, Ae-shim Kang, Kui-sun Kim, Mi-jung Nam, Mu-in Choi, Moom-sung Shin, Ji-sung Kim, Jeong-eun Lim, Ye-hyun Choi, Nam-hyuk Ji, Seung-woo Lee, Seung-min Bang, Ji-hyeong Lee, Yana Rzheusskaya

Project Island

Project Island was established to continue the spirit of the play <Island>. Upholding the message of the piece, “Men are responsible for others,” it also tries to investigate what responsibilities theatre of the 21st century should bear. Continuously asking the universal questions of humanity, thinking together, practicing and acting together - Project Island aims to continue their devotion in these actions until the artistic and social aspects of theatre form an organic relationship.

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  • “It is an outstanding and fascinating work boasting simple but dynamic set design, a sense of rhythm created by unexpected variety in the characters, a very solid portrayal of characters –although the play’s story is already strong- woven by the actors and director's organic composition of it. Just as the line from Petr's mother goes, every character is a sad poem of 'people who haven’t achieved anything.’ Each of them is a piece of poetry.”
    – Performance & Theory
  • “By arranging massive episodes in sequence or parallel, director Ji-hye Seo accentuates the multi-dimensionality of the play. Sometimes viewing these social phenomena cynically, she places the scenes in simple and lucid mise-en-scene - in order to attempt a perspective that intersects comedy and tragedy towards infiltrating human madness, and to portray the people living unstable lives with a keen insight. Her view that skillfully allocates and links actors to the scenes is quite sharp as well. ”
    – The Korean Theatre Review