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Thomas Bernhard

The World Reformer

Original title: Der Weltverbesserer
First Slovenian production

Director

Dušan Mlakar

Opening night

30 January 2003
Small Stage

Duration:

110 minutes

Thomas Bernhard (1931-1989) is one of the most controversial Austrian writers. Dramatist, novelist and poet, he continues to cause disturbance and public unease even years after his death. Very few authors have painted such an inexorable picture of their fellow countrymen and their self-satisfied way of life. Along with his tragicomic outlook on life, death, illness and human misery, perpetual criticism of Austria is an important hallmark of all Bernhard’s works, whether they be autobiographical novels, fiction prose or plays.

A sixty-eight year old cranky philosopher who has published a treatise about the improvement of the world torments his common-law wife (whom he refuses to marry) while waiting for, and being dressed to receive, a delegation from Frankfurt University who are going to bring him diploma for an honorary degree. When the delegation of
vice-chancellor, burgomaster, etc., arrives, the world reformer treats them with disdain and throws them out of the house after having unceremoniously taken the diploma.
-Martin Esslin

Creators

Creative team

TRANSLATOR

Mojca Kranjc

Drama Igralec: Mojca Kranjc | odpri ustvarjalca

DRAMATURG

Darja Dominkuš

Drama Igralec: Darja Dominkuš | odpri ustvarjalca

SET DESIGNER

Sanja Jurca Avcı

Drama Igralec: Sanja Jurca Avcı | odpri ustvarjalca

COSTUME DESIGNER

Alenka Bartl

Drama Igralec: Alenka Bartl | odpri ustvarjalca

LANGUAGE CONSULTANT

Jan Jona Javoršek

Drama Igralec: Jan Jona Javoršek | odpri ustvarjalca

ASSISTANT DRAMATURG

Marko Bratuš

Drama Igralec: Marko Bratuš | odpri ustvarjalca

Cast

Radko PoličDrama Igralec: Radko Polič | odpri igralca

World reformer

Katja Levstik

Woman

Kristijan MuckDrama Igralec: Kristijan Muck | odpri igralca

Chancellor

Boris Juh

Dean

Matija RozmanDrama Igralec: Matija Rozman | odpri igralca

Professor

Dominik Cedilnik, Peter Steničnik

Servants

Awards

2003

Spectators’ choice award for best show at Slovene small stage theatre festival SKUP in Ptuj

Radko PoličBest male role at Slovene small stage theatre festival SKUP for the role of the World Reformer

Katja Levstik – Award for the “patient pondering of the world” for the role of Woman, at the international small-stage theatre festival Golden Lion in Umag, Croatia

Radko PoličBorštnikovo srečanje Festival Public’s Choice for the title role

Festivals

2003

Slovene small stage theatre festival SKUP in Ptuj

International festival of the chamber theater Golden Lion, Umag

Pliberk

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