The play “Opus DNA” is an attempt to unravel the most complicated knot of relationships, tied to love, kinship, shame and fear, on a heap of ambitions, mutual insults and manipulations. By means of a familiar language, we are increasingly powerless to achieve mutual understanding: at the stage when the powerful development of this civilization threatens its own existence, language problems require the search for specific solutions.
Therefore, in Catherine Avgustenyak’s play, everyday words turn into the language of the genetic code and vice versa. Transcription occurs using Morse code, as an alarm that a person unconsciously sends along with speech. The method of DNA translation changes in each composition, as if expanding its scope and undergoing new transformations: from letter designs, it goes to the names of amino acids, and then to parts of the body or even pieces of furniture.