Dubrovnik Summer Festival and Zagreb Youth Theatre
Grzegorz Jarzyna, Roman Pawłowski: TWELFTH NIGHT or What You Will
based on „ The Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare
Premiere in Dubrovnik: 21.07.2023
Pre - premiere in Zagreb: 22.09.2023.
Premiere in Zagreb: 23.09.2023
- Subtitled in English
Director: Grzegorz Jarzyna
Script: Grzegorz Jarzyna, Roman Pawłowski
Set designer: AAFGJAP
Costume designer: Anna Axer Fijalkowska
Lighting Designer: Aleksandr Prowalinski
Video: Ivan Marušić-Klif
Composers: Marko Levanić, Ivana Starčević
Sound engineering: Marko Levanić
Choreographer: Šimun Stankov
Dramaturge: Roman Pawłowski
Script Translation: Jelena Kovačič
Director’s Assistant: Patrik Sečen
Costume Designer’s Assistant: Marta Žegura
Light Designer’s Assistant: Marino Frankola
Photography: Marko Ercegović
Stage manager: Petra Prša
Language consultant: Ines Carović
Translation associate during rehearsals: Katarina Nadilo
Subtitle translator and editor: Mirna Herman
The play uses excerpts from Milan Bogdanović’s translation of “The Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare
Olivio, then Olivia, prince: Dado Ćosić
Orsina, then Orsino, princess: Anđela Ramljak
Violx, then Cesario, non-binary person: Mia Melcher
Malvolia, hotel manager: Katarina Bistrović Darvaš
Feste, performer: Petra Svrtan
Tomassa, then Toby, Olivio's aunt: Doris Šarić Kukuljica
Andrea, then Andrew, tourist: Barbara Prpić
Mario, then Maria, Olivio's assistant: Mateo Videk
Zoran, waiter: Toma Medvešek
DJ, Registrar: Ivana Starčević
WARNING: The play contains flashing lights.
Then think you right: I am not what I am.
I would you were as I would have you be!
((William Shakespeare „Twelfth Night”)
In Love We Trust
"The 12th Night", directed by Grzegorz Jarzyna, is a staging of one of William Shakespeare's most famous comedies, read from the perspective of gender roles. In Jarzyna's interpretation, the Renaissance comedy of errors becomes a contemporary story about love that crosses the boundaries of gender and sexual preference, changing everything and everyone.
As one of the characters, Olivia, says, love is like the plague that falls unexpectedly, leaving people vulnerable. Similarly, a non-binary person is vulnerable to his or her true nature. Between the lines of the poetic love confessions lies the drama of those who are searching for a language to express their hidden self.
The performance is set in a luxury Hotel Iliria in a seaside resort, where an aristocratic couple, Orsina and Olivio, along with their assistants and friends, arrive for a weekend. The purpose of the trip is to save their marriage, which is in crisis. When Violx, a non-binary person, turns up at the hotel, the couple's plan spins out of control.
"12th Night" tells the story of gender roles and their impact on human relationships. What is sexuality? Does gender define love and desire? To what extent are we able to step out of the social roles that culture has created in us? Does the freedom our countries won in the last decade of the 20th century translate into the freedom of individuals to choose who they are?
Photo (c) Marko Ercegović