The selection has been announced for the 68th Sterijino pozorje, the festival of Serbian drama, in Novi Sad.
The festival will take place in Novi sad between 26th May and 3rd June and the programme, selected by Milivoje Mlađenović, will feature eight performances in the main program,e and three in the non-competition, international programme.
The eight main programme shows include Children, Irena Popović Dragović’s opera based on the the NIN award-winning novel by Milena Marković, which is produced by the National Theater in Belgrade.
Other productions include The Lady by Ivo Andrić, in a dramatisation by Vanja Ejdus directed by Đurđe Tešić for the National Theater of the Republika Srpska from Banja Luka, Night Friar by Aleksandar Popović, directed by Branislav Mićunović and performed by the National Theater in Niš, The Deceased by Branislav Nušić, directed by Egon Savin and co-produced by the Montenegrin National Theater in Podgorica and the Tivat Culture Center,
Lullaby for Aleksija Rajčić by Đorđe Kosić, directed by Jugo Đorđević and a co-production of the National Theater in Belgrade, the “Novi Sad – European Capital of Culture” Foundation and Steria’s own theatre will also feature, as will Yankee Rose by Slobodan Obradović, directed Miloš Lolić and the performance of the Belgrade Drama Theater.
The programme also includes Why are you sleeping on the floor? by Darko Cvijetić, dramatized by Kokan Mladenović, Mina Petrić, Darko Cvijetić, Dubravko Mihanović and the ensemble of the play, directed by Kokan Mladenović, and co-produced by the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, the City Drama Theater “Gavela” in Zagreb and the Sarajevo National Theater and the MESS festival, and 52 Hertz by Tijana Grumić, directed by Mojca Madon and produced by the Slovenian National Theater in Nova Gorica.
The out-of-competition selection includes the plays Lepa Vida by Staša Prah, directed by Marjan Nećak, a co-production of Gledalisč Koper, Teatra Capodistria from Slovenia and the Slovenian permanent theater in Trieste, Night with Aleks by Marko Tomaš, directed by Ivica Buljan and performed by the Croatian National theaters in Mostar, and Tena ‒ the chronicle of the decay of a beauty by Josip Kozarac, with dramaturgy byBorislav Vujčić and direction by Dražen Ferenčina. This performance is a co-production of “Gavela”, the City Theater “Joza Ivakić” in Vinkovci, the Ludens Theater, the Center for Lifelong Learning and Culture in Bjelovar and the City Theater of Požega from Croatia.
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Natasha Tripney is a writer, editor and critic based in London and Belgrade. She is the international editor for The Stage, the newspaper of the UK theatre industry. In 2011, she co-founded Exeunt, an online theatre magazine, which she edited until 2016. She is a contributor to the Guardian, Evening Standard, the BBC, Tortoise and Kosovo 2.0