Serbian National Theater, Belgrade
Director: András Urbán
Serbian with Hungarian Subtitles
1 hours 35 minutes, without breaks.
In 1848-49, the flames of revolution begin to flare up all over Europe. Hungary rises up against the Habsburg Empire in the hopes of winning independence, but at the same time, the patriots of the Serbian Principality, which belongs to the territory of Hungary, demand a new language law and proclaim the Serbian Voivodeship (“Srpska Vojvodina”), which neither Vienna nor Budapest recognizes. A series of battles breaks out between Hungarians and Serbs in the region.
Popović’s play, a biting comedy and a classic of Serbian literature, satirizes Serbian nationalists. András Urbán’s stage resounds with the echoes of debates among wise people who refuse to take sides, fervent patriots, and shrewd careerists all too ready to make prudent compromises. Music that strikes the tone of proclamations and manifestos blends with cries of “war! War,” cries which are followed all too rapidly by acts. For the era of insight, understanding, and reconciliation is still distant, as indeed is illustrated perhaps most clearly by the simple fact that the play was first performed in the Serbian National Theater on December 30, 1904, over half a decade after it was first printed, at the specific request of Popović himself.
Színészek/Actors: Slobodan Beštić, Anastasia Mandić, Suzana Lukić, Pavle Jerinić, Nela Mihailović, Hadži Nenad Maričić, Nikola Vujović, Predrag Ejdus, Branko Jerinić, Bojan Krivokapić
Zenészek/Musicians: Nemanja Aćimović,Ivan Marković, Đorđe Antić
Díszlettervező/Set designer: Andraš Urban; Jelmeztervező/costume designer: Marina Sremac; Színpadmozgás/Stage Movement:Tamara Antonijević; Zeneszerző/composer:Irena Popović Dragović; Dramaturg/dramaturge: Slavko Milanović; Rendezőasszisztens/Assitant dierctor: Suzana Vuković; Executive Producer:Milorad Jovanović; Szervező/Organizer: Jasmina Urošević