Drama programme of the 69th Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be opened with the guest play of the Zagreb Youth Theatre Black Mother Earth, created by the novel of Kristian Novak, with Tomislav Zajec's dramaturgy and directed by Dora Ruzdjak Podolski on Monday, July 16th. The play, which is subtitled in English, will take place on the island of Lokrum, starting 9:30 pm. Boats will departure from the Old City Port at 8:30 and 8:45 pm.
Novel Black Mother Earth by Kristian Novak won Tportal's best novel award in 2014 and ever since it was published attracts attention and asks numerous questions. Written in the form of a confessional prose of the young urban protagonist Matija Dolenčec, the novel follows an open, impulsive and surprisingly crude structure of stories with a rarely recorded authentic sense of inevitable.
Black Mother Earth play was firstly performed at the Zagreb Youth Theatre and by now has won more then ten awards, including Marul Awards in Best Play Category, Best Direction Category (Dora Ruždjak Podolski) and Best Dramaturgy Category (Tomislav Zajec). The play also won Croatian Theatre Awards in Best Play Category, in Best Direction Category and in Best Supporting Role Category (Urša Raukar).
Actors in the play are Adrian Pezdirc, Mia Biondić, Doris Šarić Kukuljica, Nataša Dorčić, Urša Raukar, Dado Ćosić, Zoran Čubrilo, Suzana Nikolić, Jasmin Telalović, Dora Polić Vitez, Pjer Meničanin, Barbara Prpić, Nadežda Perišić Radović, Danijel Ljuboja, Damir Šaban, Mateo Videk, Milica Manojlović, Stanko Kovačić, Nikola Ljutić i Leon Bujanović. Stefano Katunar is in charge for stage setting, costume design is made by Doris Kristić and Petra Hrašćanec does the scenic movement. Music is composed by Stanko Kovačić, while Aleksandar Čavlek and Miroslav Piškulić are responsible for lightning and sound.
The excellent reviews of both play and the novel confirm not only the value of the two accomplishments separately, but also the intertextual relationship between them, which the festival audience will be able to experience soon.