Play contains some motives of Kafka’s Letters to father as far as the portrait of the father as an authority of violence.
Father – a tyrant, head of family, a dictator awakening fear and respect; father – a hopeless man who does not know how to fulfill his life role. The imposed role of patriarch does not allow him to show feelings and to be a nice, understanding dad. For him it would the end of him as a father, antithesis of being a strong man. Showing feelings would be tantamount to admitting one’s weakness, becoming the object of jokes of other male friends and of relatives. The army-like discipline allows fathers to mask hopelessness and fear.
Play starts with the following words: “Time of fathers is passed. Now we only have partners of mums and sweet daddies. Old fathers disappeared with advent of new times.” But Pałyga’s plays is about these old-fashioned fathers. By filling the play with single images we receive the whole picture of family relations in the middle of which is the figure of the tyrant father. The play opens and closes with the memory of the funeral. Scene by scene we witness fascination, admiration, longing for the ever absent father. When father asks his son at his deathbed why he was afraid of him, he is unable to answer.
Written by: Artur Palyga
Directed by: Yeşim Özsoy
Dramaturgy: Ferdi Çetin
Costume Design : Esin Çınar
Light Design: Yüksel Aymaz
Movement Design: Tuğçe Tuna Ulugün
Music: Monika Bulanda
Graphic Design: Ethem Onur Bilgiç