Focusing on the soul and the deepest forms of a person’s psychic and emotional functioning, the author examines and illuminates the well-known myth of Oedipus from a new perspective, finding the cause of his evil destiny not in incest, but in the ancient crime of his father Laius.
Based on this story, the play itself prompts viewers to re-examine and re-question their own myths.
Armando Nasimento Roza (Evora, 1966) is one of the most performed contemporary playwrights in Portugal, an essayist, libretto writer and professor of dramaturgy and aesthetics at the Faculty of Theater and Film in Amadora. He holds a PhD in Theater Literature from the University Nova in Lisbon. He has written thirteen theatrical pieces: Gojani or One New Pandora’s Box, Lianor on Earth Without Batteries (for children), Eunuch Innes de Castro, One Oedipus: a spooky one-act myth-drama, Audition with Daisy Live at „Sea Bottle“, Noriya and Prometheus : fiery words, Mary Magdalene: Gnostic Fabula, Rat Tunnel, Last Hippathia’s Hour, Ophelia’s Cabaret, Frozen Antigone, Lianor and the Chinese Doll (for Children), Prison Visit, or Antony Vieira’s Last Sermon, for which he was awarded in 2008 for the drama of the city of Albufeira. He has won several other literary awards. His plays have been translated into English, Spanish, and now into Serbian language.
Jug Djordjevic – born in Vranje. He completed his elementary and secondary education in his hometown.
He signed his first professional directing contract in theater “Bora Stankovic” in Vranje, for the play by Tijana Grumic “Kepler 452-b”. For the same performance, Tijana and Jug shared a special award at the Joakim Vujic Festival in Novi Pazar. The play was in the main selection of Steria Theater in 2018.
That same year, he directed a piece by Ognjen Obradovic at the National Theater in Uzice “How to maintain a ficus”, and the drama “Triptych on the Workers” (Sara Radojkovic, Strahinja Madzarevic and Tijana Grumic) he directed, opened the new City Theater in Cacak.
In December of the same year, he directed the play “Dolce Vita” by Jelena Paligoric at the Opera and Theater “Madlenianum”.
In early 2019 he directed the play “Doubt” by John P. Shenley at the National Theater in Kraljevo. In the same year, at the Joakim Vujic Festival in Kraljevo, he received a special directing award for his plays “Doubt” and ” Triptych on the Workers “.
The new building of the Bora Stankovic Theater in Vranje opened with the premiere of Bora Stankovic’s play “Unclean Blood”, dramatized by Tijana Grumic, which he directed.
The word of the Director
Myth (Mythos) – a real or fictional narrative (story) that addresses the consciousness of a people through certain social and cultural patterns or strong collective feelings (including prejudice, etc.).
At a time when narratives of any kind begin to take over the primacy of society, and society itself begins to blindly follow them, we need mechanisms that deconstruct or question these narratives. This is exactly what Armando Nasimento Roza does in his “One Oedipus” mythodrama. A work that, in its essence, re-examines ancient myths and questions the characters in them in ways we have never had the opportunity to see before. Roza takes the characters of these great myths out of context – Jocasta, Oedipus, Tiresias – and places them in the context of “afterlife”, in other words, timeless and contemporary /universal.
Tijana Grumic (1993) is a playwright and a dramaturge. Her plays have been performed at the Serbian National Theater in Novi Sad, the Atelje 212 Theater in Belgrade, the Bora Stankovic Theater in Vranje, and the City Theater in Cacak. As a playwright, she worked on projects in theaters across Serbia. She is the recipient of the Josip Kulundzic Award from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, the Borislav Mihajlovic Mihiz Award for overall playwriting, as well as several awards for her plays. She is a selector at the Festival of Ecological Theater for Children and Youth in Backa Palanka, and besides working in theater, she has been engaged in the work of the Petnica Research Station for several years.
Born in 1993 in Loznica. She graduated in 2016 at the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade. She participated at the Prague Quadrienal as part of the 2015 Show and Tell section. She is the author of costumes for the plays “Unclean Blood” (Theater “Bora Stankovic”, Vranje, 2019), “Doubt” (Royal Theater, Kraljevo, 2019), “How to maintain a ficus” (National Theater Uzice, 2018), “Kepler 452- b “(Bora Stankovic Theater, Vranje, 2018). On the last three here mentioned projects, she co-signed the production design with director Jug Djordjevic. In addition to theater, she is involved in other fields within the visual arts. She lives and works in Belgrade.
Julija Djordjevic is a vocalist and flutist. She was born in Vranje, where she finished Primary and Secondary Music School “Stevan Mokranjac”. She graduated at the Faculty of Music in Skopje. Since her earliest childhood, she has been acting and singing in theater plays, exploring music and sound in various forms, paying attention to new ways of listening and creating music. She composes music for children. She holds music workshops for children and composes applied music. He works and lives in Slovenia.
TIRESIAS, blind prophet / LAIUS, former King of Thebes, Jocasta's first husband - Aleksandar Krstic
JOCASTA, late Thebes Queen, Oedipus mother and wife - Evgenija Stankovic
OEDIPUS, blind wanderer, son of Laius, former King of Thebes - Stefan Mladenovic
MANTO, Tiresias' daughter, inherits his gift - Milica Filic k.g.
CHRYSIPPUS, late Pelops' son - Marko Radojevic k.g.