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Ivan Cankar

The King of Betajnova

Original title: Kralj na Betajnovi

Director

Eduard Miler

Opening nights

6 February 2014 žMain Stage
SNT Drama Ljubljana

 

28 February 2014
Drama SNG Maribor

Duration:

100 minut, brez odmora

Maks Krnec had to abandon his studies in Vienna because of his father’s economic downfall. He pledges revenge on Kantor, a local magnate, landowner, industrialist, merchant and innkeeper. Maks discovered that Kantor had ruined his father and also killed his own infirm cousin to get hold of his land and property. Kantor is about to send his niece Nina who witnessed the murder to nunnery to keep his crime a secret. He also has political ambition to become a member of the country parliament. In order to achieve his goals, he bribes the local men of importance as well as common workers and peasants.
Maks plans to form a worker’s rebellion against Kantor but he does not have enough power to face the actual encounter. He almost succeeds in convincing Kantor’s daughter and his former girlfriend Francka to elope with him. Kantor intervenes and wants to buy Maks’ silence by offering him his daughter and money, which only reinforces Maks’ will for revolt. He leaves Nina’s farewell party, Kantor follows him and shoots him with the gun that belongs to Franc Bernot, Francka’s fiancé.
Although Kantor is conscience-stricken and acknowledges his crime, the investigating judge does not want to believe him. Bernot will be charged with the murder which he did not commit, whereas Kantor, surrounded by common approbation, will become a member of the country parliament.
Written in 1901, this socially critical drama is also a psychological drama of a ruthless Nietzschean character and his morally superior but defeated opponent as well as a profound analysis of political power.
The performance includes songs which are based on various texts by Ivan Cankar and composed in the style of traditional Slovene four-to-six-voice harmony singing.

Creators

Creative team

CO-PRODUCER

Drama SNG Maribor

Drama Igralec: Drama SNG Maribor | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG, ADAPTATION AND SONGS BY

Žanina Mirčevska

Drama Igralec: Žanina Mirčevska | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Branko Hojnik

Drama Igralec: Branko Hojnik | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Jelena Proković

Drama Igralec: Jelena Proković | odpri ustvarjalca

COMPOSER

Boštjan Gombač

Drama Igralec: Boštjan Gombač | odpri ustvarjalca

COACH

Jože Šalej

Drama Igralec: Jože Šalej | odpri ustvarjalca

CHOREOGRAPHER

Ivan Peternelj

Drama Igralec: Ivan Peternelj | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca

LIGHTING DESIGNER

Pascal Mérat

Drama Igralec: Pascal Mérat | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANTS COSTUME DESIGNER

Katja Magister, Tea Bašić

Drama Igralec: Katja Magister, Tea Bašić | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DRAMATURG (STUDENT)

Tjaša Mislej

Drama Igralec: Tjaša Mislej | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT LANGUAGE CONSULTANT (STUDENT)

Kristina Mihelj

Drama Igralec: Kristina Mihelj | odpri ustvarjalca

MUSIC NOTATION

Marko Brdnik

Drama Igralec: Marko Brdnik | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Jernej Šugman

Jožef Kantor, local magnate

Zvezdana MlakarDrama Igralec: Zvezdana Mlakar | odpri igralca

Hana, Kantor`s wife

Nina IvanišinDrama Igralec: Nina Ivanišin | odpri igralca

Francka, Kantor`s daughter

Tina VrbnjakDrama Igralec: Tina Vrbnjak | odpri igralca

Nina, Kantor`s relative

Marko Okorn/Vojko ZidarDrama Igralec: Vojko Zidar | odpri igralca

Krnec, a former shopkeeper and landlord

Vladimir Vlaškalić

Maks, Krnec`s son

Aleš Valič

Parish priest

Aljaž Jovanović

Franc Bernot, a landowner

Valter DraganDrama Igralec: Valter Dragan | odpri igralca

The judge

Barbara ŽefranDrama Igralec: Barbara Žefran | odpri igralca

The woman judge

Kristijan Ostanek

The assessor of the judge

Maja KončarDrama Igralec: Maja Končar | odpri igralca

Lužarica

Nejc Ropret

Koprivec

Matija Stipanič

Kantor's housekeeper

Awards

Branko Hojnik –Borštnik Award for Stage Design

Festivals

2015

45th Week of Slovenian Drama, Kranj

60th Sterijino Pozorje Festival, Novi Sad, Serbia

2014

49th Maribor Theatre Festival

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