The Silent Whip

Jana Juráňová

The Silent Whip


play about the Slovak novelist Milo Urban

The new SND building, The Blue Salon
18. 12. 2015

Jana Juráňová’s play The Silent Whip examines the fate of one of the most famous Slovak writers of the 20th century – Milo Urban, who – during the wartime Slovak state – served as chief editor of the Hlinka Guard press body The Guardsmen, the mouthpiece of the Nazi regime, who also worked as a publicist. Why did an author of such regard serve such a misguided ideology? What responsibility does the writer bear for his words? What happens in society that such attitudes are later downplayed? These questions are addressed in a play that takes place in the early 1970s of the 20th century, when Milo Urban as a seventy-something comfortably lived in seemingly involuntary seclusion with his devoted wife in Chorvátsky Grob near Bratislava. Comfortably, until a young reporter visited both him and his shady past …

Running time: 1 hour 20 minutes, no interval

Production Team

Directed by Alena Lelková
Set and Costume Designer Juraj Poliak
Výber hudby a hudobná postprodukcia Oskar Lelko


Žoška Urbanová Božidara Turzonovová
Milo Urban Ján Gallovič
Vlado Dubovský, fiktívna postava Branislav Deák (as a guest)