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R. Marinković: UNDER THE BALCONIES
Festival Drama Ensemble
Vedrana Klepica / Dario Harjaček after Ranko Marinković’s short stories
SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH
Directed by: Dario Harjaček
Dramatization and Dramaturgy by: Vedrana Klepica
Set Design by: Vesna Režić
Costume Design by: Doris Kristić
Music by: Nenad Sinkauz
Lighting Design by: Elvis Butković
Language Advisor: Irma Kovačić
TOMI “JUSI” SABUNDALOVIĆ: Marko Makovičić
PROSPERA, Tomi’s mother: Doris Šarić Kukuljica
JUVANINA, Tomi’s aunt: Helena Buljan
DR. LORENZO SABUNDALOVIĆ, lawyer: Maro Martinović
MIĆEL, Lorenzo’s son: Jerko Marčić
DR. PESKAREVIĆ, a lawyer: Nikša Butijer
MEDARDO: Dušan Gojić
OLD MOMO: Livio Badurina
YOUNG MOMO: Ugo Korani
OLIVA : Nataša Kopeč
SALVESTRA, momo’s mother: Jelena Miholjević
ŽUVA, Oliva’s mother: Linda Begonja
TROJINA, Momo’s and Oliva’s daughter: Ema Pralas
GRAVE DIGGERS, ŽUVA’S SONS, SOLDIERS: Josip Brakus, Marin Klišmanić, Ivan Pašalić
One of the thematic and research guidelines for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival’s theatre programme will be the questioning of culturological determinants of the Mediterranean. In this regard, it seems wise to start with Ranko Marinković, the bard of the Mediterranean and Voltaire of the Island of Vis. Croatia’s major writer in the second half of the 20th century, he had both intimate and family connections with Dubrovnik. Owing to his plays and many years of teaching at the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art, his influence on the Croatian theatre is immense. However, only one of Marinković’s works has been staged at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – Glorija, directed by Georgij Paro. Time has come to correct this omission, and bring to Dubrovnik the bard’s colourful characters – clowns, local eccentrics and recluses.
The theme which repeatedly appears in Marinković’s stories is the Mediterranean and its bittersweet combinations, irony that turns into cynicism and the individual blown by political storms and south wind. Marinković is obsessed by borders of the closed world, and both the Mediterranean and Dubrovnik are reduced to borders and rituals.
The play will be directed by Dario Harjaček, who staged the play Kate Kapuralica at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival several years ago. Starring the brilliant Jelena Miholjević in the title role, the play discloses the Mediterranean myths, but also draws attention to Marinković’s teachings: regardless of how much we hide cultural symbols, humanity’s lowest common denominator will always be the human waste.