Serbian Theater in Hungary, Budapest
Festival Synenergy, Novi Sad/ Serbia, 24th of November 2019, 19:00 (duration 80′)
BASED ON THE WORKS OF BRANISLAV NUŠIĆ
DIRECTOR: János DÉGI
ADAPTATION AND MUSIC: Milan RUS
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Katarina PAVLOVIĆ BAČI
COSTUME DESIGN: Noémi BORBÉLY
STAGE DESIGN: Tibor PRÁGAI
ABOUT THE PLAY
Our professors never called us by our Christian names,but each of us got a name from Zoology. I was bestowedwith the Mouse. An animal that makes the womenscream and raise their skirts. The mouse eats the crumbsthat someone else sweeps of their table…what is there todo, that’s your faith if your a Serbian writer. Branislav Nušić “My humor alleviates the cruelty of life” is what BranislavNušić would say.
He wasn’t funny only in his works but inreal life also. As it is noted down, not only he could jokeabout himself, but he also ridiculed the politicians in anauthentic way.
When Branislav Nušić proposed to Darinka Đorđević, adaughter of an ambassador, he gave her his terms: He’sgoing to get married but she must let him keep one of hisvices: liquor, women or gambling. Then the wise Darinkagot thinking: If she chooses gambling, he would gambleaway their house, if she chooses liquor, there would notbe any health in the house. She thought it would be thebest to let him chase after women.
When she signed thatshe agrees, they got married in a monastery in Bitola,and Bransilav Nušić finished his autobiography with thewords: After marrige there’s no autobiography.The play is set in a restaurant on Skadarlija. The “YellowSubmarine” gathers people with different characters, affinities and faiths. Will the “Yellow Submarine” break thesurface or forever stay in the dark?
ABOUT THE THEATER
Serbian civilian, professional theatre has a tradition of almost two centuries, here in Hungary. What is more – itwas born here. Joakim Vujić, born in Baja, was a crucial figure in thehistory of the Serbian theatre. On behalf of the Serbianstudents in Pest on 22 July 1813, he applied with the Palatine Joseph for permission to organise a charity theatreperformance. This application was signed by Hungarianactors, including István Balog.
The authorities gave permission – the posters of the Hungarian theatre companyread: “The next Tuesday, that is, on the 24th of August,in the Hungarian Theatre, by the graceful approval ofthe High Regency Council, a Serbian (Rascian) amateurcompany, for the benefit of the Serbian Preparandi Institute in Szentendre, will present a 3-act theatrical play inSerbian language named in Serbian Kreštalica (Papagáj).
”It was the world premiere of a Serbian professional theatre. The play featured István Balog, and besides him,there were Tamas Feher, the Hungarian Theatre Company family master of acting, and Juliana Balog – namely,they spoke excellent Rascian, that is, Serbian. It began togrow, to expand, to improve in a symbiosis – the life andperformances of both national theatres – until Joakim Vujić left for the Serbian Royal Court.