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2018

no available translations

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rowan, strudel, dance and more

2017

no available translations

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this apple, made of gold

2016

 

An erotic drama questioning the taboo of female sexuality in different stages of life.

Vesna, a student, Živa, a mother in her early forties, and Mira, a widow in her late fifties, are three female characters, whose stories are interlaced in the play. Vesna is gathering strength to deal with the abusive professor, Živa is pregnant with her lover and must face her husband and Mira is meeting with her long lost love. Through these dilemmas they are dealing with their sexual desires, their emotions and their relations with themselves.

 

Estimated number of needed actors:
9 (5 male, 4 female)
*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

 

Available translations
English
 

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we, the european corpses

2015

 

A contemporary play dealing with the invisible intimate story of a woman in a contradiction with loud political voices and impotent economical context. 

 

The form of the play is non-traditional, there is no dialogue, it’s a dramatic poem, dialogue is incorporated in stage-directions. The main character is Milica the Partisan, who wants to tell her story. She was fighting in the WW2 and then she married an abusive husband and fought her own war through many years. But nobody wants to listen to her story, her story is not important, the political agitation is important, human rights in words are important. The Master of the Ceremony is talking about the important political issues, he is gathering the army of voters, his voice is the one thing that matters. Throughout the play many scenes of the everyday life pass by us, the European corpses. The title is a paraphrase of a verse in Srečko Kosovel’s poem Ecstasy of Death – “The sun will shine his golden rays on us, the European corpses.”

Estimated number of needed actors:

not estimated, the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

 

Available translations
English

 

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the second time

2014

An autobiographical play as a second part of a Victim trilogy, that deals with taboo diseases such as epilepsy, genital herpes, bed wetting and similar.

 

The autobiographical play and performance that author directed and performed herself dealt with her close encounters with the dark forces of one kind and another. She shared her experience with epilepsy and the health system, with genital herpes and the health system and bunch of other things and the health system. The play the second time is a sequel of her first solo; where the first solo ends, the second begins. Literally. “Let me smoke,” the last line in the play I, the Victim. is the first line in the play the second time.  Author recounts her recent years, during which she – this way or that – coped with the aggravation of her epilepsy and – what else? – the health system.


Estimated number of needed actors:
1 female character
*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

Available translations
English, Hungarian, Macedonian, Romanian
 

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7 cooks, 4 soldiers, 3 sophias

2014

A story about the real martyrs, their hangmen and those cooking for all of them, since the beginning of time

The lives of three women, three Sophias from three quite different historical epochs are told together to create a story of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness. Sophia Magdalena Scholl, Sophia Lvovna Perovskaya and Marie-Sophie Germain are presented to the audience in their final hours, before being beheaded by a group of soldiers. Seven cooks observe, comment and peal potatoes, the way they have been doing since the beginning of time. The cooks are witnesses to all the crimes but they are wise enough to know that these three more deaths mean nothing in the grand scheme of things because the potatoes need to be peeled and soldiers need to be fed.

Estimated number of needed actors
14 (4 male, 10 female)
*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

 

Available translations
English, German, Polish

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43 happy ends

2014

An autobiographical play about a single mother with a chronic condition. 

43 happy ends is a stage of developing a play later titled The Second Time. It was conceived based on a research of a contemporary culture's obsession with happy endings  implemented into author's everday's problems such as being a single mother of two boys, a person with a chronic condition and also a freelance artist. 

 

Estimated number of needed actors
1 female character
*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions
 

Available translations
English
 

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1981
2013

A unique form of play that deals with the premise of travelling into your future body and back, thus experiencing the world in the future and the present as one.

 

Time is fragile and in this play the author strives to prove just that. Characters who seemingly lead normal, one could even say cliché lives; suddenly find themselves lapsing between their present and future realities – being forced to witness what their decision will inevitably lead to. Boys experimenting with their sexuality, puppy love and family quarrels at first seem as disjointed stories with little parallels, yet as one dives deeper, the common thread is clearly identified in the way these characters react to their new found “time-travel” experience. What starts off as confusion and delirium, quickly transforms into an inherent curiosity for what has transpired, why, and most importantly, if anything can be done to alter it?

Estimated number of needed actors

minimum 7

*actors are foreseen to play more characters than one

32 characters (24 male, 8 female)

*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

Available translations

English, Lithuanian

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sophia

or while i almost ask for more

or a parable of the ruler and the wisdom

2011

A surrealistic play about the decay of those in power and their unrelenting resolve to maintain their sovereignty, no matter the cost.

Sophia is a contemporary fairytale that uses its form and characters to wittily mock and critique the very essence of our society – the state and those who wield the power to govern. The absurdities of old traditions, laws and customs transcend time and are a clear metaphor for the conditions that we currently live in. Manipulating with citizens, creating illusionary enemies, fear of change and the loss of absolute influence can all be seen within the actions of Vladimir and his trusted ministers. They barbarically deal with any resistance and twist the truth in order to strengthen their hold on their constituency, leaving an all too familiar comparison with how governments function today, and the haunting question which has inherently tragic answers: “what is the price of freedom?” Faith, Hope and Love are Sophia’s daughters who resist to the governing regime of Vladimir and his ministers and become the martyrs as well as the tool to strengthen the regime’s power. Sophia is a character that actually is not a character – it’s merely a point of staged directions, a narrator’s position and yet  most significant  character in its absent presence.

Estimated number of needed actors

7 (3 male, 4 female)

*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

Available translations

English, German

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the feast
or the story of a savory body
or how do roman abramovič, the character janša, julia kristeva aged 24, simona semenič and the initials z.i. find themselves in a tiny cloud of tobaco smoke
2010

A drama crafted to ignite questions of our responsibility for global injustice, and our perceived helplessness to stop it. 

 

The feast begins, and we are instantly transported into intimate, yet strangely cold surroundings. The surface is clear – there are those who eat, and those who are being eaten. The nameless victims of war, of inequality, of traditional norms come alive within a single corpse, refusing to lay silent and demanding to be heard. The blame is cast on a variety of characters: the privileged, those in power, and even the author, who sits down and carelessly enjoys the loins of the forgotten. As the cadaver is being veiled in a cloud of smoke from the host’s pipe (or not), and is screaming for its release and the release of everyone it represents, we are left with the simple notion that the offended, the murdered, the humiliated, are in fact no different than us.

 

Estimated number of needed actors: 2 (1 female, 1 male)

*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

Available translations

English, German, Russian, Serbian

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do me twice

2009

An autobiographical play about the play-writing process and making of a theatre piece in the fund-applications oriented everyday. 

Do me twice is a play that is dealing with an absurd mechanisms of fund-raising, bureaucracy oriented cultural policy in a very innovative and humorous way. Play is as much a comedy as it is a politicaly engaged drama and it's as much a study of a cultural an political context as it is an intimate story about an artist struggling to create and suit the funding organizations' requirements at the same time, which makes this play practically a science-fiction piece. 

Estimated number of needed actors: 1

*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

Translation not available

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5boys.si
2008
Seemingly innocent children play through a variety of games that showcase their innermost prejudice, and revealing the violent oppression our society lives in. 
Going rogue has never held greater meaning than in the play 5boys.si, as we witness to what at first seems like innocent child’s play of five youngsters, yet it slowly but surely escalates into a perpetuation of violence, intolerance and hate. The boys, who are ironically named after the beheaded Christian martyrs, play through a wide range of situations and characters, from battles between famous superhero characters, to harrowing family abuse and brutal killings based on prejudice and discrimination. As their spiral of twisted games reaches a climax, the form of the play itself starts losing sense, and the dialog is disintegrated into mere sounds of gunshots, punches and screams. 5boys.si thus unapologetically points at certain deeply internalized truths that haunt us even as mere children, and continue to do so as we grow into the very things we so eagerly, with a childish innocence, fought against.
Estimated number of needed actors
5, preferably female actors

Available translations

English, Albanian, Bolgarian, Croatian, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Swedish

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you didn't forget you just don't remember anymore
2007
A subtly written play that deals with the difficulty of making choices, the similarity of twin souls, and the tenacity it takes to still believe you could change the world.
On the surface, this drama tackles the relationship of a married couple – an older and eminent writer on one hand, and a younger, once full of life, professor. They start off quite obviously out of sync – Matjaž desperately trying to reignite his energy depleted wife, and Lucija clinging to thoughts of house renovations in order to distract herself from the true nature of her dissatisfaction. Her will is lifted when she gets a surprise visit from Leon, who she quickly shoos away in fear of Matjaž finding them together. Their marital fight continues as they bicker about his new book. Leon keeps appearing and is becomes a constant reminder that something is not exactly as it seems, while bringing up issues of selling out in this capitalistic driven world. The basic conflict between spouses evolves into the husband’s desire to use her story and thus gain the recognition he believes he deserves. However beneath the superficial, this play is about loss, about the subconscious desire to overcome grief – in this case, the wife’s sorrow over her deceased twin brother Leon. With a subtle compartmentalization of the protagonists, the fight is not just between them, but stands as a metaphor for the struggle between two principles. The immoral capitalistic market logic, and the nostalgic, one might say even utopic call for the restoration of the primary function of art, unencumbered by the time it is created in.
Estimated number of needed actors
2 male, 1 female

Available translations

English, Serbian

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i, victim.
2007
A profound portrayal of someone whose life has tested her in more ways than one, which has led to a twisted fascination and longing for perilous life circumstances.
The anatomy of a victims mind is on full display in the play at hand, and offers a self-deprecating and witty analysis of a soul and body that not only endure tragedy, but in their own twisted way, also crave it. As every ounce of humility is shed, we not only sympathize with the given story, but find ourselves reflecting upon our own hardships – how they shaped us, influenced our development, and scarred us irreparably and forever. From bedwetting to debilitating illnesses, the source material deals with the raw complexities of life, growing up and overcoming crippling odds. By portraying realistic issues it deals with the nature of “the victim”, how it functions and how it constantly needs an injection of mishap to nourish itself – all of which leaves us with a surreal realization – we are nothing without the tragedy that we’ve endured.
 
Estimated number of needed actors
1 females
*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions
Available translations
English, Macedonian, Serbian
 
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24hrs

2006

A melodic and rhythmical harmony of contemporary dramatic composition that deals with interpersonal relationships in the times of ubiquitous interferences. 


Two couples, 24 hours. The first is trapped in a damp dark tunnel that crashed upon itself. Without supplies, they wait for salvation that might never come. The other, is old sweethearts that spend the day in a hotel room, away from their respective spouses, trying to reignite a flame that has long since extinguished. Time is standing still, yet in the same breath, feels endless. Both are being interrupted by the invasive intrusion of so-called internet spams – breaking the flow of the play, and offering a distinct criticism of the electronic age we live in, constantly available, seemingly connected, yet as alone as we’ve ever been. Neither couple reaches a satisfactory end, but is instead trapped in a flow of meaninglessness and repetitiveness – quite like the spam that interrupts their every thought.

 

Available translations:
English

 

Estimated number of needed actors
20 (2 female, 2 male, 16 non defined)
*please note that the play anticipates and encourages a variety of casting solutions

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i guess this is enough for the happy end

at the end all it takes is good looks

happy end number 43 is a wage

i agree with you, yes, in the end we’ll get fucked over this, i mean, she had an option to apply for this, to be beheaded without a blindfold, the law allows this possibility, everybody has the right to this, but she didn’t file the motion and it’s now her own fault, she has to be decapitated with the blindfold on

and then everything around luka spins, spins, spins

luka is no longer luka, a seven-year old brat who has something big and heavy falling against his head

and the bora isn’t roaring

it’s warm and bright, as if it were may, almost june

luka is a thirty-nine year old man covering the same path he was walking before

he passes lipa furniture factory, there on gregorčičeva street

except the building is now suddenly mute

deaf

except that building is now suddenly mute and deaf

he passes those windows, but there’s nothing but dust behind them

branimir

I'm not contradicting , it’s true, it’s true

the intimidation stops now

even though the intimidation is debatable

and it’s time for freedom

I'm not contradicting

but…

the bloodshed

is it truly necessary?

 

vladimir

by all means

can't you see, branimir, haven't you figured it out yet?

if we don't defeat them, they will defeat us

you wouldn't want your nation, our nation, my nation, you wouldn't want it to submit to slavery, would you?

 

bogomir

we have only two options

either we the righteous are triumphant, or else the more violent barbarians

              mira

i was a queen

i was walking through that beautiful castle, filled with paintings and tapestries that spoke to me from the walls,  the servants followed my every move, my every breath

they were standing in double row and ...

i was the queen and i could choose any of my subjects for ...

 

she stops and only breaths

 

                priest

you were saying?

 

                mira

for sexual activity

and then i woke up

no, no, this is not some kind of poetical expression

this last sentence i mean, the sentence - i woke up

i really did wake up

some night or it might had been morning already or even day, i don't remember

i woke up and the world was somewhat different

can you imagine that i wouldn’t die

that i would live a little longer

can you imagine?

i can’t

i can’t  imagine living even one second longer from the  moment my toddler got torn from my arms

can you imagine a toddler being torn from your arms, a two-year-old child

being torn from your arms while you carry another baby in your tummy

who is so big already that it can no longer move

who is about to be born

who is warm and cosy and thinks it will be born any minute now into a warm and cosy world

can you imagine, how this being inside you is filling you with anticipation, how you can barely wait to touch it, to feel its touch, how you can barely wait to see these little knees and little elbows that are pressing you from within

can you imagine how meanwhile, while these little knees and little elbows are pressing you from within, how meanwhile another baby is getting torn from your arms, can you imagine, they tear him from your arms and, while laughing obstreperously, impale him with a bayonet 

               krištof

I told you playing this is total bullshit

total

 

                denis

yes, of course

becase the bully here is always sticking his nose into everything

 

                blaž

hey

are you talking to me

chicken

to me?

 

                krištof

come on, let’s go back a little

LEON: YOU don’t eat chocolate truffles?

LUCIJA: No.

LEON: Uh. And why is that?

LUCIJA: I don’t feel like eating them.

LEON: You don’t feel like eating them?

LUCIJA: Yes. And besides…

LEON: What?

LUCIJA: Junk and all that. You know.

LEON: What do you mean, junk?

LUCIJA: In the truffles. They just fill you with junk and they make you fat and…

LEON: Actually, you look kind of emaciated.

LUCIJA: No, no. I didn’t stop eating them to lose weight. They’re full of junk. As one gets older and wiser… 

i didn't exactly know for a long time

why these clouds

folded up on me

what's the point

and then i again started drawing small suns and clouds

in a slightly different way

i thought it was some sort of a punishment

- these clouds i mean -

which comes upon me whenever i masturbate

and then i drew a small sun for every orgasm

i had with myself

and a small cloud

for every seizure, before i actually knew it was epilepsy

and i was looking for relations 

SHE1: The whole time I've felt like we're walking through the same space. All the stones look the same and then when we move on I realize that, actually, the places are slightly different. I have no clue where we are now. For all I know we might never have been at this place before and now we're moving in the right direction.

HE1: But we have. More than once.

milica the partisan, this beautiful milica the partisan we’re admiring in front of us this moment, is simply a mirage

is a memory of milica the partisan like she was many many years ago

in times when fairy tales began with once upon a time in a place far away

then

milica the partisan, a rosy-cheeked, breathless and shy character is from those times 

 

 2017 by Črtomir Kovač.

The Second Time

October 12 2014, Klub Gromka Metelkova Ljubljana, City of Women festival