ZAGREB, April 11, 2018 – The 13th edition of the Croatian Theatre Showcase will be held in Zagreb theatres on April 14-18, featuring a selection of ten plays that foreign curators and theatre critics from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Kosovo, Poland, Slovenia and Serbia will have an opportunity to see.
The programme is designed to be a discussion topic for future visits, performances at international festivals or translations of Croatian plays, as well as their potential inclusion in foreign theatre repertories.
The line-up begins with a play for children and young audiences, the iconic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, produced by the Zagreb Youth Theatre and directed by the Croatia-based Argentinean Renata Carola Gatica – a famous title told in a visually, musically and artistically attractive way to analyse the coming-of-age.
Produced by his own artistic association Moving Music Theatre, Macedonian composer Marjan Necak directed, composed and designed the sets for the play Diary of a Madman, defining it in genre as a mono-opera.
Also shown will be What Is Missing — the latest piece by playwright Tomislav Zajec, directed by the up-and-coming Bosnian director Selma Spahić.
The event will also feature the monodrama Lampedusa Beach, performed by one of the finest Croatian actresses Nina Violić. This independent play focuses on the refugee crisis.
The latest play by stage director Oliver Frljić, Six Characters in Search of an Author, is his reading of Pirandello from the point of view of Croatian society today.
Kristian Novak is currently one of the most popular bestselling prose writers, whose novels are being successfully adapted for stage. One of them will be featured at the Croatian Theatre Showcase — Black Mother Earth, produced by the Zagreb Youth Theatre and directed by Dora Ruždjak Podolski, focusing on a series of suicides taking place in the most developed region in Croatia, Međimurje, in the early 1990s.
Other plays to be featured are Out There and in Here, Lookatme and Nukleon.
The works chosen for this showcase aim to attract and motivate foreign theatre professionals, and at the same time represent a cross-section of the current performative scene in Croatia.