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Dušan Jovanović

The Life of Provincial Playboys After the Second World War

Original title: Življenje podeželskih plejbojev ali Tuje hočemo – svojega ne damo

Commedia dell΄arte
(AfterLi tre becchi by anonymous author)


Jaka Andrej Vojevec

Opening night

23 May 2008
Small Stage


100 minutes


Creative team


Marina Gumzi

Drama Igralec: Marina Gumzi | odpri ustvarjalca


Ana Rahela Klopčič

Drama Igralec: Ana Rahela Klopčič | odpri ustvarjalca


Jasna Vastl

Drama Igralec: Jasna Vastl | odpri ustvarjalca


Tomaž Grom

Drama Igralec: Tomaž Grom | odpri ustvarjalca


Tatjana Stanič

Drama Igralec: Tatjana Stanič | odpri ustvarjalca


Uroš FürstDrama Igralec: Uroš Fürst | odpri igralca


Iva BabićDrama Igralec: Iva Babić | odpri igralca




Aljaž Jovanović


Uroš Kaurin/Klemen Slakonja


Zvezdana MlakarDrama Igralec: Zvezdana Mlakar | odpri igralca


Gašper Jarni


Vanja PlutDrama Igralec: Vanja Plut | odpri igralca


The Life of Provincial Playboys After the Second World War, 1972, is a juvenile dramatic work by Dušan Jovanović, one of the most distinguished authors in Slovene theatre in the last few decades. Starting his career in the second half of the »crazy« sixties, Jovanović is the author of numerous acclaimed plays which met recognition not only throughout Slovenia but also in former Yugoslavia (Act a Brain Tumour or Air Pollution, The Liberation of Skopje, The Wall, the Lake, Antigone, etc.), an important director who made an impact in Slovene theatre with his distinctly profiled performances, an artistic director (during his term the Mladinsko Theatre won a plunging success as well as international acclaim), later a professor, writer and also an exposed public personality. He was a representative of the rebellious, avant-garde, distinctly politically profiled generation which overturned taboos of the socialist system and artistic and particularly theatre conventions. In 1969 he and his collaborators created a performance-happening Pupilija, Papa Pupilo and the Pupilceks which represented a radical break with the theatre of the time in Slovenia. Ordered and premiered by the Slovene Repertory Theatre Trieste in 1972, The Life of Provincial Playboys also belongs to the same period of re-changing the civilian and aesthetical values.
The play The Life of Provincial Playboys After the Second World War was written on the basis of the so-called canovaccio (a vaguely outlined plot) by the anonymous Italian author of commedia dell’arte titled Li tre becchi. Using a Renaissance plot, Jovanović wrote a comedy depicting life in the 1970s – the time of the so-called sexual revolution which penetrated also the socialist Slovenia and changed the traditional values, as well as the socialist phrases (this is evident from the original title paraphrasing the well-known slogan: »We will not claim what is not ours and we will not surrender what does belong to us.«). In the play, everything is focused on adultery. Nine young people and a mother get involved in a trivial, erotic entanglement, hardly following the questions: who with whom, when and how. Naturally, all men want to seduce as many women as possible, while women are attracted by potential lovers, too. And everybody is jealous about their partners. The play ends with a general fight among all.
Life of Provincial Playboys After the Second World War shows the emptiness, shallow pleasures and consistent egotism. And these are all the motifs which are far from unknown in the first decade of the new millennium either.



Barbara CerarPrešeren Fund Award for two years of creative work


Best comedy at the Dnevi komedije festival Celje



Days of Comedy in Celje

Week of Slovenian Drama in Kranj