Play in Dejvicke theater Prague: "The Elegance of the Molecule" by Petr Zelenka

The play by Petr Zelenka was performed twice a month for two years. The actors gave a special performance on March 31, 2019 in honor of the protagonists of the play : John Martin and Eric De Clercq and in memoriam of Antonin Holy. The play received an award in 2018.


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.


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


The production was supported and financially funded by the Neuron Benevolent Fund for Support of Science.