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Ivo Svetina

In the Name of the Mother

Original title: V imenu matere
World premiere


Ivica Buljan

Opening night

8 December 2018
Main Stage


215 minutes inc. interval


Creative team


Robert Waltl

Drama Igralec: Robert Waltl | odpri ustvarjalca


Mojca Kranjc

Drama Igralec: Mojca Kranjc | odpri ustvarjalca



Drama Igralec: Irwin | odpri ustvarjalca


Ana Savić Gecan

Drama Igralec: Ana Savić Gecan | odpri ustvarjalca


Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar

Drama Igralec: Mitja Vrhovnik Smrekar | odpri ustvarjalca


sonda57, Toni Soprano Meneglejte

Drama Igralec: sonda57, Toni Soprano Meneglejte | odpri ustvarjalca



Drama Igralec: Arko | odpri ustvarjalca


Luka Marcen

Drama Igralec: Luka Marcen | odpri ustvarjalca


Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič

Drama Igralec: Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič | odpri ustvarjalca


Janez ŠkofDrama Igralec: Janez Škof | odpri igralca

Anton Santini (1845–1929)

Veronika DrolcDrama Igralec: Veronika Drolc | odpri igralca

Katarina (1850–1919), his second wife

Gal Oblak

Anton Santini, jr. (1875–1892), their son

Saša TabakovićDrama Igralec: Saša Tabaković | odpri igralca

Ivan Santini (1851–1936), Anton’s brother, a canon

Nina ValičDrama Igralec: Nina Valič | odpri igralca

Vida Vovk (1875–1932), a teacher in Zasip, a poet

Klemen JanežičDrama Igralec: Klemen Janežič | odpri igralca

Ivo Santini (1882–1923), Anton and Katarina’s son

Pia ZemljičDrama Igralec: Pia Zemljič | odpri igralca

Marija (1885–1958), born Entor, his wife

Aljaž Jovanović

Vladimir (1908–1988), resistance code name Ivo, their son

Maša DergancDrama Igralec: Maša Derganc | odpri igralca

Armela (1907–1987), their daughter

Andraž Harauer

Bogdan (1912–1939), their son

Sabina KogovšekDrama Igralec: Sabina Kogovšek | odpri igralca

Vida (1913–1993), their daughter

Nik Škrlec

Leon Okrožnik (1905–1942?), Armela’s fiancé, later her husband

Martin Mlakar

Egidij Matič (1911–2002), Vida’s fiancé, later her husband

Lana Bučevec

Tatjana (1939–1989), Bogdan Santini’s and Meta Štraus’ daughter

Nika Vidic

Tili (1936)

Barbara CerarDrama Igralec: Barbara Cerar | odpri igralca

Mira (1915–2007), resistance code name Vlasta

Žan Brelih Hatunić

Alojz (1908–1942), resistance code name Štefan, her husband

Julija Klavžar

Nasta (1941), their daughter

Lara Fortuna

Vlasta (1946), Mira – Vlasta’s and Vladimir – Ivo’s daughter

Luka Bokšan

Ivo (1948), Mira – Vlasta’s and Vladimir – Ivo’s son

Saša Pavlin Stošić

Nastja (1941–1991), Armela’s and Leon’s daughter

Marko MandićDrama Igralec: Marko Mandić | odpri igralca

Poet; Hauptmann Sterngrüber; Interrogator

Who builds history? Man – or is man just a building stone used by time to build and demolish at the same time? What do we measure time with? Days, months, centuries – or with people, especially those already departed? And then Francis Fukuyama declares ‘the end of history’, along with the end of great narratives. So what is literature – poetry, fiction, drama – to do then? To retreat and leave its place to the narrator, the author, whose task is to narrate, to illustrate, even if it is entirely unreal, as long as it is well-fictionalised, in accordance with Giordano Bruno’s quote: »Se non è vero è ben trovato.«
The voyage of the family S. through the 20th century is not a Carniolan version of One Hundred Years of Solitude, but a semi-documentary tale of a family originating in a village at the foot of Stol in the north of Slovenia. The great Slovenian Romantic poet Prešeren’s mother Mina was related to the family too. It is a story of a family that refused to remain a passive observer of history, but tried to become its co-creator, even though this carried along a dark shadow of doubt in life and made it look for redemption underneath an empty sky, in death. Be it a young man’s suicide because of unrequited love towards a young teacher Vida, a suicide brought upon by a loss of woods in a game of cards, or a deliberate sacrifice for a better tomorrow, for a revolution that had not yet gobbled up its own children but handed over the revolutionaries’ children to be looked after substitute mothers during the national liberation war. The children were called the little illegals. Or a little girl who spent the war with her mother in a concentration camp. A chorus of female characters, including the poet Vida Jerajeva, the daughters of revolutionaries, national heroes, who grew up in the late 1950s and early 1960s, grounds the male characters who prefer to live in the zone of ideas rather than making them come true in the real world,. In the same way as giving birth is such a joy for a woman, death is an unfathomable force, a passion for life, for struggle, for victory.
When the century is at its end and the Slovenians get their independent state, history spins around in a single August afternoon as if on a carousel; the living and the dead are dancing their casual Sunday chat. Among them, we spot a reader of
 Anna Karenina, leaving for a trip to the other side of the world, where her fears – born perhaps in a concentration camp – will come alive again. Thus, on Christmas Eve, she throws herself into a dark river as cold as marble …

Ivo Svetina



49th Week of Slovenian Drama, Kranj

54th Maribor Theatre Festival