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Based on Homer, written by Alexander Sekulov



Plovdiv Drama Theater, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Director: Diana Dobreva

Performed in Bulgarian with English subtitles

2 hours, without breaks.

The play „Odysseus“ is a story about man's journey towards himself, against himself, beyond himself. The boy who went to Troy takes his youth as a golden coating of his own name. A grown man who returns to his home island learns the wrath of the gods and what it's like to travel against time. But Ithaca is not the last port of call for one who is destined to be a hero. A prophecy propels him to a final journey beyond the known limits. On the shore stood Penelope - a woman who knows how to overcome separation to give love the only thing it deserves - eternity. For the journey must continue.

Poems by Cavafys, Seferis and Ivan Metodiev are used in the performance.

Awards and prizes of the performance

GRAND PRIX Award for "Best Performance" International Theater Festival "STOBI"

GRAND PRIX Award for Directing International Theater Festival "STOBI"
"Icarus" Award for masterful technical implementation of the "Odyssey" performance

"Plovdiv" award in the "Theatre" section for the play "Odyssey" by Alexander Sekulov, directed by Diana Dobreva

Actors and cast:
Konstantin Elenkov, Stiliyan Stoyanov, Dobrin Dosev, Aleksey Kozhuharov, Ivaylo Hristov, Simeon Aleksiev, Ivana Papazova, Elena Kabasakalova, Margita Gosheva, Todor Darlianov, Radina Dumanyan, Troyan Gogov, Deyan Georgiev, Petar Dochev, Diana Spasova, Vasilena Vincenzo, Kaloyan Trifonov, Dimitar Banchev, Venelin Metodiev, Georgi Bogdanov, Spartak Pantaleev, Mariya Sotirova, Boryana Bratoeva, Patricia Pundeva, Slavena Zaikova, Bilyana Georgieva, Adelina Zhelyazkova, Nadezhda Koleva, Ioana Kircheva, Tanya Stones, Plamena Bozhilova, Krasimir Vasilev, Georgi Sirkatov, Atanas Apostolov, Valeri Georgiev, Pavel Sapundjiev


Director: Diana Dobreva
Stage designer: Mira Kalanova
Costume designer: Mira Kalanova
Choreographer: Deyan Georgiev
Composer: Petya Dimanova
Dramaturge: Alexander Sekulov
Live music Yannis Pantazis
Assistant scenographer Gabriela Karjilova
Poster Georgi Vachev (photographer) and Yavor Dimitrov (design)
Photographer Alexander Bogdan Thompson


Diana Dobreva

Main Stage
Diana Dobreva

Diana Dobreva

Diana Dobreva, holding master's degrees in "Acting" and "Directing" from NATFIZ "Kr. Sarafov" and diverse academic achievements, emerged as a notable figure in Bulgarian theater. From 2000-2006, she showcased her acting skills at the "Sfumato" Theater Workshop. Her directorial debut in 2006 with "Medea" earned her the "Askeer" award. Success continued with accolades for "Macbeth" in 2008, and participation in Avignon's theatre festival in 2009 with "Casanova." Noteworthy awards followed, including the "Coup de Coeur" in 2011, "Askeer" in 2014, 2017, and 2019. Recognized with the "Icarus" award in 2021, 2022 brought both the "Askeer" for "Soprina" and the GRAND PRIX at the "STOBI" festival for "Odyssey." Diana's staging of "Silk" in 2023 is Bulgaria's first entry in the World Theater Olympiad. Since 2017, she serves as a full-time director at the Ivan Vazov National Theater.


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