The opening of the 2020/21 season, titled Floatation, will be celebrated by the first Slovenian staging of Scorched, the second part of the Blood of Promises tetralogy by the versatile Lebanese Canadian author Wajdi Mouawad. According to the author, often praised as one of the most prominent and finest representative of contemporary Francophone playwriting, Scorched deals with unkept promises, desperate attempts at consolation and the dilemma how to remain human in the midst of inhuman circumstances and how to resolve the unsolvable conflicts, instigated by war in an individual and in their descendants. The cast of the production, directed by Nina Rajić Kranjac, marking her debut at the Drama, includes Pia Zemljič, Nataša Keser, Nejc Cijan Garlatti, Branko Šturbej, Timon Šturbej, Tina Vrbnjak, Nina Valič, Marko Mandić, Benjamin Krnetić, Boris Mihalj, Rok Vihar, Zvone Hribar and Janez Škof. The opening of Scorched, our first new production after the start of the pandemics, will take place on the Main Stage on Friday, 4 September, and on Saturday, 5 September at 18.00. The presentation press conference will be held on Wednesday, 2 September at 14.00 in the Drama back garden in Igriška cesta.
Mouawad’s modern-day tragedy Scorched focuses on the story of three people: the enigmatic Nawal and her children, the twins, Simon and Jeanne. The harmony of their coexistence is disrupted by Nawal’s sudden loss of will to live and her adamant decision to remain silent for life, without any explanation of her motive. In her will, she entrusts her adult daughter and son with a special task: Simon must find their father, whom they thought was dead, and Jeanne must find their brother, whom they did not even know they had. What follows is a long journey to the places of their origin, replete with difficult questions and hushed-up secrets, which radically transforms Simon and Jeanne’s identities.
The world premiere of Scorched was held in 2003 in France (Hexagone Scène Nationale in Meylan) and in Canada (Théâtre de Quat’Sous in Québec). The play was translated by Eva Mahkovic, the dramaturg of the first Slovenian production was Tibor Hrs Pandur. Other creative team members include Urša Vidic (set designer), Branko Rožman (composer), Marina Sremac (costume designer), Borut Bučinel (lighting designer), Tatjana Stanič (language consultant), Jaka Smerkolj Simoneti (student assistant to the director) and Sara Slivnik (assistant to the set designer).