3 December 1998
In Agony, part two of his cycle of plays about the Glembay family which includes The Glembays (1913), In Agony (1922), Leda (1925), was written by Miroslav Krleža (1893–1981), one of the greatest Croatian writers of the 20th century, in 1928.The city of Zagreb, where Krleža was born and spent almost his entire life, was often the subject of his literary work. The cycle of plays about the Glembays follows the individual and collective destinies of a rich Zagreb bourgeois, patrician family over a period of 180 years. According to Darja Dominkuš, the dramaturg of the production, »it is amazing how the author manages to capture the cataclysm of a certain world and period in a confined space of a fashion salon«. In Agony is a depiction of a single ill-fated day and night and fateful events in the lives of the members of the once privileged caste of the fallen empire. Baron Lenbach, heavily indebted due to gambling takes his life first, and then his wife, Baroness Laura. Baroness, the central character of Krlež’’s play, is involved in a sophisticated love triangle with two male protagonists: Baron Lenbach and dr. Križovec, a lawyer she genuinely loves.