The opening of the 2020/21 season, entitled Floatation, will be celebrated on the Main Stage on Friday, 4 September and on Saturday, 5 September on 18.00 by the first Slovenian production of Scorched by Wajdi Mouawad. Directed by Nina Rajić Kranjac, marking her debut at the Drama, the cast of the production includes Pia Zemljič, Nataša Keser, Nejc Cijan Garlatti, Branko Šturbej, Timon Šturbej, Tina Vrbnjak, Nina Valič, Marko Mandić, Benjamin Krnetić, Boris Mihalj, Rok Vihar, Zvone Hribar and Janez Škof. The play was translated by Eva Mahkovic, the dramaturg was Tibor Hrs Pandur. Other creative team members include Urša Vidic (set designer), Branko Rožman (composer), Marina Sremac (costume designer), Borut Bučinel (lighting designer), Tatjana Stanič (language consultant), Jaka Smerkolj Simoneti (student assistant to the director) and Sara Slivnik (assistant to the set designer). The first repeat performances of Scorched will be held from 7 to 11 September, and on 25 and 26 September at 18.00 on the Main Stage.
Mouawad’s Scorched revolves around the story of three people: the enigmatic Nawal and her children, the twins, Simon and Jeanne. The harmony of their coexistence is disrupted by Nawal’s sudden loss of will to live and her adamant decision to remain silent for life, without any explanation of her motive. In her will, she entrusts her adult daughter and son with a special task: Simon must find their father, whom they thought was dead, and Jeanne must find their brother, whom they did not even know they had. What follows is a long journey to the places of their origin, replete with difficult questions and hushed-up secrets, which radically transforms Simon and Jeanne’s identities. By fulfilling this mission, they gradually get to know their mother posthumously and her past, which is revealed as a story of immeasurable courage, immeasurable capacity for love and constant traversing of frontiers.