The first Slovenian production of Stephen Karam’s play The Humans directed by Nina Šorak opens on 7 December on the Small Stage

We continue our season called Intimacy on the Small Stage by presenting the first Slovenian production of The Humans, directed by Nina Šorak. The play by American playwright and screenwriter Stephen Karam won the Tony Award and the New York Drama Critics Circle award for best play in 2016, as well as the Obie award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

The play is set in a basement tenement apartment in Manhattan’s Chinatown where Brigid Blake has recently moved with her boyfriend Richard. Her parents and grandmother from Pennsylvania, and her sister from Philadelphia have come to visit them to celebrate Thanksgiving together. Gradually we learn about the problems of a troubled lower-middle-class American family, presented in juicy, occasionally sarcastic and tragicomic dialogues. Using documentary-like naturalism the play depicts the way we live now, highlighting the lives of the non-privileged individuals, not the elite, but the average members of society living in precarious circumstances with an uncertain future. The cast of the first Slovenian production of The Humans, translated by Tina Mahkota, features Bojan Emeršič, Silva Čušin, Tina Vrbnjak, Nina Ivanišin, Milena Zupančič and Gorazd Logar. The production team includes Urša Adamič (dramaturg), Dorian Šilec Petek (set designer), Ina Ferlan (costume designer), Tatjana Stanič (language consultant), Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar (composer), Tanja Zgonc (stage movement coach), Vlado Glavan (lighting designer) and Ana Duša (the song lyrics). The play will open on Friday, 7 December at 20.00. Other dates in December include 8, 10, 14, 27 and 28 at 20.00.
Cordially invited to a pre-show talk with the creative team of The Humans on Thursday, 6 December at 10.30 at the Drama Café.

World premiere of In the Name of the Mother, a new play by Ivo Svetina, directed by Ivica Buljan, with Capital 2018 exhibition by IRWIN Collective (8 December)

We continue the season called Intimacy by presenting a world premiere of In the Name of the Mother by Ivo Svetina, commissioned by the SNT Drama Ljubljana. The Main Stage production, directed by Ivica Buljan, is also an exhibition of new paintings by IRWIN Collective entitled Capital 2018.

The play, mapping a 20th century journey of the family S., tells a story of a family from a village at the foot of Stol. Prešeren’s mother Mina was a descendent of the family too. It is a story of a family that refused to be a passive observer of history, but tried to become its co-creator. The cast of In the Name of the Mother includes Barbara Cerar, Maša Derganc, Nina Valič, Pia Zemljič, Sabina Kogovšek, Saša Pavlin Stošić, Veronika Drolc, Aljaž Jovanović, Janez Škof, Klemen Janežič, Marko Mandić, Nik Škrlec, Saša Tabaković, and AGRFT stage acting students: Julija Klavžar, Lana Bučevec, Lara Fortuna, Nika Vidic, Andraž Harauer, Gal Oblak, Luka Bokšan, Martin Mlakar and Žan Brelih Hatunić. The production team includes Robert Waltl (artistic advisor), Mojca Kranjc (dramaturg), Ana Savić Gecan (costume designer), Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar (composer), sonda57 and Toni Soprano Meneglejte (lighting and video designers), Arko (language consultant), Luka Marcen (assistant director), Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič (assistant costume designer). Previewing on Friday, 7 December at 19.30, the play will open on Saturday, 8 December at 20.00. Other dates in December are 10, 11, 27 and 28 at 19.30.

Cordially invited to a pre-show presentation on the Main Stage on Thursday, 6 December at 9.30.

Scandal wins the Golden ADC * E Award for Poster Advertising

The advertising campaign for Scandal in the St. Valley, co-produced by the SNT Drama Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom and the City Theatre Ljubljana, designed by Aljoša Bagola, creative director of Pristop Agency, won the Golden ADC*E Award in the category of Outdoor Advertising at the Art Directors Club of Europe festival (often labelled the creative League of Champions) as the only winner in the region.

On 10 November 2018, the European Artistic Directors Club presented the ADC * E awards at the European Creativity Festival in Barcelona for the seventeenth time. What makes this festival special is the fact that only entries that have previously won awards nationally are eligible for competition. The Scandal campaign, designed by Pristop, won two major awards at the Slovenian Advertising Festival  ̶  in the category of communication campaigns, printed advertisements and posters, and a golden award for outdoor advertising.

Faust to be presented at the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum

Our internationally acclaimed co-production of Faust, a dramatic poem by Goethe, directed by Tomaž Pandur, presented by the SNT Drama Ljubljana and the Ljubljana Festival, will be performed on Friday, 16 November at 19.00, on the main stage of the famous Alexandrinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. The guest performance in Russia is a follow-up of many successful presentations of Faust in European, Asian and South American cities where it has been seen by a total of over 30,000 viewers. Faust will be presented on the opening night of the 7th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum, considered to be the most important and prestigious cultural event in the Russian Federation. The Forum, rightfully recognized as a global event, attracting thousands of experts in the field of culture, foreign delegations and representatives of authorities and artists from all over the world annually, will also be attended by the Slovenian Minister of Culture, Mr. Dejan Prešiček.

The guest appearance of the SNT Drama Ljubljana in Russia, its first in the Alexandrinsky Theatre, is a result of excellent cooperation and exchange between Slovenian culture in the Russian Federation and the Russian culture in Slovenia, which was facilitated and supported by the Slovenian and Russian Ministries of Culture and the Slovenian Embassy in Russia and the Russian State Rusconcert cultural agency. The guest performance of Faust is a new step of this cooperation, representing further strengthening of traditionally good cultural collaboration between Slovenia and the Russian Federation.

Jurij Souček wins the Ježek Award for Lifetime Achievement

Jurij Souček, a retired member of our resident ensemble, is this year’s recipient of the Ježek Award for Lifetime Achievement. As the jury proclaimed in its statement: »Souček, a relentless, passionate and keen explorer of theatre, enthusiastically embraced new media too and joined creative groups at the Slovenian national radio at the very beginning of his career, and co-developed a specific sound image of the original Slovenian radio play. Likewise, he teamed up with the Slovenian national television as early as during its trial broadcasting period more than 60 years ago.« Congratulations!

Borštnik Awards received by SNT Drama Ljubljana at the 53rd Maribor Theatre Festival

- Borštnik Ring Award received by Janez Škof,

- Borštnik Award for Acting received by Aljaž Jovanović for his roles in The Visoko Chronicle directed by Jernej Lorenci,

- Borštnik Award for Young Actors received by Tamara Avguštin for her roles in The Visoko Chronicle,

- Borštnik Award for Dramaturgy received by Matic Starina in The Visoko Chronicle,

- Borštnik Award for Best Original Composition received by Branko Rožman in The Visoko Chronicle.

The first production of What We Talk About When We Talk About Love directed by Maša Pelko on Small Stage

The original project What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, staged for the first time on Friday, 2nd November at 20h on Small stage, is based on the selection of twelve short stories by Raymond Carver. The stories embrace all the periods of the author's more than a decade long oeuvre; two of which have been translated for this occasion by Irena Duša. The first production of the adaptation explores the form of drama theatre and the dimensions such a theatre may achieve in the context of contemporary performing arts. At the same time, it aims to preserve the conceptual contact that is established when young creators encounter Raymond Carver, literary giant, in contemplating the subject matter such as love. The attractively accomplished first production excels in cooperation among several generations of theatre creators. The members of the Drama Ljubljana ensemble: Iva Babić, Maja Končar and Matija Rozman along with Tamara Avguštin as guest encounter acting students: Gregor Podričnik, Eva Stražar and Lovro Zafred. Directed by young director Maša Pelko, the original project is co-created by Jaka Smerkolj Simoneti, dramaturg, Dorian Šilec Petek, stage and lighting designer, Nina Čehovin, costume designer, Tatjana Stanič, language consultant, Vlado Glavan, lighting designer and Jure Alič, composer.

The question that is the title of the staging as set by Raymond Carver in perhaps one of his most famous short stories is relevant, although it may seem unanswerable. His power, if not perceived anywhere else, is reflected at least in the fact that the idiom he had coined came to be used publicly in terms of collocation. What precisely does “the American Chekhov” talk about when he paints his landscape of dirty realism? His protagonists who are not people, but rather silhouettes or remains are placed in timeless front porches waiting for the sunrise of (the American) dream. Time and again, their stories clash against the moment that cannot be put into words, the moment when everything could be, but is not. This is precisely the moment that takes the breath of Carver's protagonist away, here are found his silent pauses. When he tries to talk about his distress, difficulties and joys, his emotions come out only sporadically in a way as alcohol is poured in glasses and cigarette stubs fall out of ashtrays. Time and again, he walks through his life defeated, aware of the truth, i.e. that there is “not a thing to toast to”. Why would he propose a toast if by following the etiquette he is not even allowed to do that?

Two world premieres: Don't Forget the Flowers, a stage declaration by Polona Vetrih, and Dirac's Chord, an original project by Matej Filipčič

On Friday, 19 October at 20.00, a world premiere of Don’t Forget the Flowers, a stage declaration by Polona Vetrih, will be presented on the Small Stage. Polona Vetrih, a celebrated and popular Slovenian stage actress, a retired member of the SNT Drama Ljubljana ensemble, discusses her acting career frankly, touching upon the ephemeral nature of the acting profession and life. On stage, Polona Vetrih is joined by a cellist Lara Bešić. The opening night will be followed by the first repeat performance on Saturday, 20 October at 20.00, and other nights in the course of the current season.  

On Wednesday, 24 October at 19.00, a world premiere of a mathematics and physics croquis Dirac's Chord, an original project by director and set designer Matej Filipčič, will open on the Left Stage as part of Drama Lab. Co-produced by the SNT Drama Ljubljana and Osum Art Society, the production features Jožica Avbelj, Boris Cavazza and Darja Zgonc. The opening night will be followed by repeat performances on 25 and 28 October at 19.00, 26 and 27 October at 17.30, and 29 October at 22.00.

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