SLG Celje

Vinko Möderndorfer

A Nostalgic Comedy

(Nostalgična komedija)

Nostalgic comedy
World Premiere

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Vinko Möderndorfer (1958) is a Slovenian playwright, fiction and children’s author, poet, theatre, film and opera director. He ranks as one of the most successful and critically acclaimed contemporary Slovenian playwrights. To name but a few, his plays have won the Best New Comedy Award at the annual Slovenian comedy festival six times and two Grum Awards for the best new play. Celje People’s Theatre has always recognized the importance of including new Slovenian plays in its repertoire, and puts special emphasis on staging them to support the development of contemporary Slovenian drama reflecting topical issues.
A Nostalgic Comedy consists of a series of interlaced scenes showing various stages in the life of a married couple. It presents their taking stock of their shared life. What transpires is that they have different recollections of same events. We see them as a young love-struck couple, a middle-aged couple and an aged couple who has managed to survive many trials and tribulations. As we gradually an in-depth insight into their relationship, their problems and thrills, we learn what used to bond them and divide them.
They diverge in their assessment of their common past; they do remember the key events in their lives, but interpret them differently. The comedy deals with divergent perceptions of life; people remember different details, feelings and reactions, and perceive the other person’s reactions in a totally different way. The truth is never objective. It is but a subjective insight of an event; everybody has their own truth. A shared life is an interplay of diverging perceptions and experiences of the same event, so the married couple remembers their life disjointedly. The Old Man and the Old Woman have a different view of their relationship. What they do have in common is a shared nostalgia that permeates their conversation and their remembrance, a longing for the past gone by, for their mutual feelings, for the things that are long gone, and above all, nostalgia for the life that has run its course.
A Nostalgic Comedy is a portrayal of a life that goes by much too quickly and of relationships that can bond people and divide them. Dealing with generation gap issues between parents and children it is also a play about the transient nature and contingency of our existence. What is it that we leave behind after we die? Is the memory preserved by our dearest and nearest anywhere near the truth?
A Nostalgic Comedy is an intimate and compelling story about family and family relationships, the process of aging and dying. It outlines different stages in the life of a married couple, their falling in love and a developing relationship, their promises, birth of their children, relationship with parents and their general surroundings. It is a story of each of us trying to construct our own truths about our existence and dealing with our own transience.

Director Boris Kobal
Dramaturg Tatjana Doma
Set Designer Urša Vidic
Costume Designer Sara Smrajc Žnidarčič
Composer Petar Eldan
Language Consultant Jože Volk

Cast
Old Woman Anica Kumer (guest performance)
Old Man Evgen Car (guest performance)
She Tanja Potočnik
He Bojan Umek
Girl Liza Marija Grašič
Boy Aljoša Koltak
Dog, Mother, Lover, Daughter Barbara Medvešček
Cat, Father, Friend, Gym Teacher, Son Igor Žužek

Opening 27 November 2015

Performance duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes. No interval.

Violoncello Darij Milković

Gallery A Nostalgic Comedy

  • Bojan Umek, Evgen Car, Anica Kumer, Tanja Potočnik

  • Aljoša Koltak, Evgen Car, Liza Marija Grašič, Anica Kumer

  • Evgen Car, Liza Marija Grašič, Tanja Potočnik, Aljoša Koltak, Anica Kumer

  • Anica Kumer, Aljoša Koltak, Liza Marija Grašič, Evgen Car

  • Evgen Car, Tanja Potočnik, Anica Kumer

  • Anica Kumer, Evgen Car

  • Anica Kumer, Evgen Car

  • Liza Marija Grašič, Anica Kumer, Evgen Car, Aljoša Koltak

  • Liza Marija Grašič, Anica Kumer, Aljoša Koltak, Evgen Car

  • Liza Marija Grašič, Evgen Car, Barbara Medvešček, Anica Kumer, Aljoša Koltak

  • Aljoša Koltak, Barbara Medvešček, Evgen Car, Anica Kumer

  • Aljoša Koltak, Anica Kumer, Barbara Medvešček, Evgen Car, Liza Marija Grašič

  • Aljoša Koltak, Liza Marija Grašič, Anica Kumer, Barbara Medvšček, Evgen Car

  • Liza Marija Grašič, Tanja Potočnik, Anica Kumer, Evgen Car, Bojan Umek

  • Bojan Umek, Anica Kumer, Evgen Car

  • Anica Kumer, Liza Marija Grašič, Igor Žužek, Evgen Car

  • Anica Kumer, Igor Žužek, Liza Marija Grašič, Evgen Car

  • Igor Žužek, Liza Marija Grašič, Anica Kumer, Evgen Car, Aljoša Koltak

  • Igor Žužek, Anica Kumer, Aljoša Koltak, Evgen Car

  • Anica KUmer, Bojan Umek, Evgen Car, Tanja Potočnik

  • Igor Žužek, Barbara Medvešček, Evgen Car, Anica Kumer

  • Evgen Car, Anica Kumer, Tanja Potočnik, Bojan Umek

  • Evgen Car, Bojan Umek, Anica Kumer

  • Bojan Umek, Igor Žužek, Barbara Medvešček, Evgen Car

  • Barbara Medvešček, Bojan Umek, Igor Žužek, Tanja Potočnik

  • Tanja Potočnik, Bojan Umek

  • Tanja Potočnik, Evgen Car, Bojan Umek, Anica Kumer

  • Tanja Potočnik, Igor Žužek

  • Bojan Umek, Tanja Potočnik, Igor Žužek, Anica Kumer, Evgen Car

  • Bojan Umek, Tanja Potočnik, Igor Žužek, Anica Kumer

  • Igor Žužek, Bojan Umek, Liza Marija Grašič, Aljoša Koltak, Tanja Potočnik, Anica Kumer

  • Anica Kumer, Tanja Potočnik, Bojan Umek, Evgen Car

  • Anica Kumer, Evgen Car

  • Anica Kumer, Evgen Car

  • Barbara Medvešček, Aljoša Koltak, Anica Kumer, Evgen Car, Bojan Umek, Igor Žužek

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