The drama of the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb is preparing a new play - it is about the drama of a Woman born in dramatic texts by Donna and U Café du Dome by Josip Kosor, directed by Paola Magelli. In this way, the Zagreb National Theater of HNK aims to draw closer to the opus and importance of one of the most prominent and (unfortunately) most prevalent domestic dramatic expressionist. The last act of Kosor was celebrated in the Croatian National Theater was the Fire of Passion 1934. directed by Branka Gavelle. Even 82 years later, Paolo Magelli will rediscover the theatrical potential of true expressionistism and meet new generations with this forgotten, and wider audience, a relatively unknown writer!
Drama The woman will be premiered on Friday, 4. March 2016. in 19,30 hours. Reverb versions follow 5., 16. and 21. March. In the play: Livio Badurina, Lana Barić, Nikša Kušelj, Milan Pleština, Goran Grgić, Zijad Gračić, Dora Lipovčan, Ivan Colarić, Petra Svrtan, Iva Mihalić, Jelena Perčin, Ana Begić and Silvija Mumelaš.
Along with Milan Begović and Ivo Vojnović, Kosor is the most well-known and leading Croatian playwright abroad in the first half of the last century, nominated twice for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Already the Fire of Passion, one of his first drama, has attracted the attention of intellectuals of the European circuit. In his wanderings, he met and met with great artists of his time like Ivan Meštrović, Silvija Strahimir Kranjčević, Maksim Gorkog or Konstanin Stanislavskoga. His dramas, led by naturalistic impulses, emerge from the realistic frameworks, portraying the interior of situations and characters that manage the subconscious, impulsive and passionate, choosing psychological and social themes, rebelliously and wholly exploring the extremes of human emotions and procedures. In her works, Kosor has been strikingly and unusually proud of the love, morality and human purity of the world that has left and lost man.
Drama The woman speaks of the beautiful Limunki that her husband loses on the map to get to another who is ready to give all her wealth to her. Lemon is desperate and all curse, but there are, among thousands of men crazy about her, and Idan, her love of youth she never overcame. The concentration of action in the conflict is two passions, sensual vs. spiritual, a typical Expressionist polarization between the earthly and the cosmic, material and spiritual conflicts, concrete and abstract, and the goal is to warn of the necessary search for the lost humanity of love and happiness. Liming's determination to resist the established will and customs of the middle is an important element of social criticism, the glorification of the ideal of women and true love, which is a common motive in other Kosor plays.
The play of the drama The Café du Dôme takes place in the period between the two wars in the famous Parisian café where Bohemians roar over bad times, and the rich American is scattered with money. During that time, Bohemia steals his wallet, and the lady agrees to his marriage offer to return to France and Paris artists. The drama warns the audience that compromises rule the world, and art and culture become dependent on the centers of monetary and ideological power that must be overcome so as not to disappear. Kosor gives a concrete critique of social status, predatory capitalism, but without intent of solution, is interested in the influence of political realism on the wider spiritual dimension of social relations
Paolo Magelli was born in the Italian city of Prato, but by 1974. it is also successful on the Croatian stage. During his rich artistic career he collaborated with many great artists such as Pine Bausch or Giorgia Strehler, and his performances spotted most of the world stage. In recent years he has been employed as an intendant at Teatro Metastasio Stabile della Toscana in Prato.
Dramaturgy is Željka Udovčić Pleština, composer Arturo Annecchino, set designers are Numen and Ivana Jonke, costume designer Leo Kulaš, light designers Paolo Magelli and Sven Jonke, assistant directors are Lovro Krsnik and Žad P. Novak.