Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A piece that has been winning over both theatre and film audiences for half the century, reflects itself in the humorous elements of black, dark, wild comedy, but with elements of melodrama, tragedy, slapstick and even satire, with theatrical calls to question social conventions in the original and powerful way that places this play among anthological achievements of the world literature.

LOCATION: Fortress Minor, Mali Brijun
The boat (Fažana – Mali Brijun) leaves at 8:30 PM.

Act 1: 90 minutes. Act 2: 40 minutes.

Who is afraid of the big bad wolf?

Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf? A piece that has been winning over both theatre and film audiences for half the century, reflects itself in the humorous elements of black, dark, wild comedy, but with elements of melodrama, tragedy, slapstick and even satire, with theatrical calls to question social conventions in the original and powerful way that places this play among anthological achievements of the world literature.

The passion encompassed both in and between the lines of the painful but witty dialogue of Virginia Woolf’s protagonists with equal freshness, inherent in works that overcome cultural differences, captivates the emotions of the audience in order to play them superiorly.

Their cruel and wild marital struggle, which we are witnessing from the tradition of Strindberg and later O Neil, while keeping in mind the theater of the absurd.

Namely, Martha and George, a middle-aged couple, after completing college entertainment in small hours, host a young couple, Nick and Honey. That night, the false idols of a scholarly lowly life in the provincial university are being uncovered. Choosing an unconventional time for conventional socializing opens a dramatic space for a series of scenes that allow us to look behind the scenes of the socially accepted code of conduct.

The night in which the barrier of social rules breaks down, under the guise of excessive alcoholism, those who guarantee the so-called success of malignant safety, ruthlessly question the reverse of this culture and civilization. Like us, it’s easier for these characters to exist under the disguise of normal life rather than taking off masks and risking the irreversible loss of their own support in the much-needed living illusions. And that night, probably until the next morning, the masks are taken off. But honesty does not bring catharsis, it opens the space for pain and suffering.

It can be summarised in one sentence by the author, “Who is afraid of Virginia Woolf?” meaning “Who is afraid of the big bad wolf?” meaning “Who is afraid of life without false illusions?”

The contemporaneity of this play is also reflected in the fact that quite fearlessly and very unequivocally announces a penetrating, aggressive, prone to everything “new” generation that promotes the idea that success is measurable exclusively by the criteria that liberal capitalism brings alongside it.

Nevertheless, “Virginia Woolf” provides us with the possibility of an individual escape from social conventions, suggesting that we can still strive for the freedom of choice; for the right to be confused and silent within a civilization that insists on the communication of noise; It encourages us to ask questions in a world that raises such issues; the right to romanticism and melodrama in the world that is embarrassed of emotions.

Željka UDOVIČIĆ PLEŠTINA

 

 

Shows

Co-production: Ulysses Theatre & Belgrade Drama Theatre

 

Director: LENKA UDOVIČKI

Dramaturge: ŽELJKA UDOVIČIĆ PLEŠTINA

Costume design: BJANKA ADŽIĆ URSULOV

Set design: STEFANO KATUNAR

Composers: NIGEL OSBORNE, DAVOR ROCCO

Choreographer: MATIJA FERLIN

Light designer: ANDREJ HAJDINJAK

Photos: DARJA ŠTRAVS TISU

 

Cast:

RADE ŠERBEDŽIJA
KATARINA BISTROVIĆ DARVAŠ
MILAN MARIĆ / LJUBOMIR BULAJIĆ / MARTIN GRĐAN
ROMINA TONKOVIĆ / NIKA IVANČIĆ