plays re: balkan conflict



Margie Yu
Public Affairs Asst.

(323) 343-3047


of Events

Dramatic Responses to the
Balkan Conflict at Cal State L.A.

Two plays, one a première,
a colloquium, and films
explore the conflict
in the former Yugoslavia

Los Angeles, CA-In late October, Dramatic Responses to the Balkan Conflict brings together at California State University, Los Angeles, two plays that explore the horror of the recent wars in the former Yugoslavia. In performance beginning OCTOBER 28, the stunning French docudrama montage, Requiem Pour Srebrenica/Requiem for Srebrenica, is based on the massacre in Srebrenica, Bosnia in July, 1995. The Powder Keg is a haunting black comedy by Yugoslavian playwright Dejan Dukovski.

A colloquium, to which former Yugoslav Prime Minister Milan Panic has been invited, will take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 30 in the foyer of the State Playhouse. Related films will be shown during the week, beginning October 25.

Created at the Centre Dramatique National/Orleans-Loiret-Centre and performed to outstanding reviews at the 1999 Avignon Festival, the production of Requiem Pour Srebrenica that will be performed at Cal State L.A. is by renowned 33-year-old director Olivier Py and his colleague Philippe Gilbert. The U.S. première, Requiem will be directed by Olivier Py, and will be performed in French with English supertitles. A cast of three women enacts the tragedy through recitation of poems, news flashes and personal accounts. An innovative set, designed by Pierre-Andre Weitz, complements the evocative and dramatic minimalism of the text and action.

A generous grant from Etant Donnés/The French American Fund for the Performing Arts supports this production that will also be presented in Montreal, Canada and is planned for presentation next year in New York. Assistance from the Consulate General of France at Los Angeles and from the Association Française d'Action Artistique have made this production possible.

The Powder Keg by Dejan Dukovski, produced by John J. Flynn of L.A.'s Timescape Arts Group and directed by Neno Pervan, concerns the people, their passions, and the poisonous anger to which the inhabitants of this region have been conditioned by nearly a century of war. Throughout the former Yugoslavia, this play has found large and sympathetic audiences for its darkly humorous vision of violence and love in modern Macedonia. A film version of The Powder Keg, Cabaret Balkan, has won major film awards in Europe and has recently been released in the United States.

? On October 28, 29 and 30, performances of The Powder Keg will take place at 7 p.m. and Requiem Pour Srebrenica at 8:30 p.m. A special matinee of The Powder Keg will be performed on Sat., Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m.

? A performance of The Powder Keg alone will be presented on Sunday, October 31 at 2:30 p.m.
*NOTE: Requiem Pour Srebrenica will be in the State Playhouse and The Powder Keg will be in the Arena Theatre.

? A colloquium on October 30 at 4 p.m. will discuss the role of theater in the region during the last decade of conflict and on drama as a vehicle for dealing with the human face of political and social turmoil.

? Films on the same subject will be shown at 3:15 p.m. in the Cal State L.A. University-Student Union Maxwell Theatre on Monday, October 25 (Pretty Village, Pretty Flames, directed by Srdjan Dragaojevic, Yugoslavia, 1996) and Wednesday, October 27 (Vukovar, directed by Boro Draskovic, Yugoslavia, 1994). Additional films (to be announced) will be shown in Music 149 before each performance. The films are presented free of charge by the Cross Cultural Centers and the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance.

Cal State L.A. is located north of the San Bernardino freeway (I-10), at the Eastern Avenue exit, near the junction with the Long Beach freeway (I-710). Paid parking is available.

Tickets for each play are $10 for students and senior citizens and $15 general admission. A COMBINATION PACKAGE (two plays on one day) is available for $16 for students and senior citizens and $25 general admission. The colloquium and post-play discussions are free. For information and reservations call (323) 343-4118 or (323) 343-4001.

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