It’s Only the End of the World
First Slovenian production
In coproduction with Mini Theatre Ljubljana and Cie Philippe Calvario
In cooperation with CulturesFrance and Institute français Charles Nodier Ljubljana
26 September 2008
The performance It’s Only the End of the World is the first presentation of the work of Jean-Luc Lagarce (1957-1995) in Slovenia.
When Jean-Luc Lagarce passed away (he died of AIDS) on September 30th 1995 he was well-known as a director, but not as an author. His fame has steadily grown since his death and today Jean-Luc Lagarce is considered a classic contemporary author. If he did not achieve fame during his lifetime, perhaps it is because the theatrical language of his plays was too unconventional and innovative. Today he is one of the favourite playwrights of drama classes, an author who is worshipped by amateur theatre groups and increasingly appreciated by top directors, all generations combined. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. It has also inspired conferences, university theses and a multitude of publications.
It’s Only the End of the World regards a long-estranged young man who returns home for dinner one Sunday to inform his family of his illness and impending death. The play combines uniquely poetic and humorous language with a strangely disjointed dramatic structure. Funny, probing, touching, and more than anything deeply gentle toward the imperfections of the family he was about to leave behind, Lagarce rewrote The World several times in the last five years of his life (final version in 1990, enlarged into Distant Land in the very last days of his life).
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