Just like the structure of Andrić’s novel, the action of The Woman from Sarajevo, directed by Gorčin Stojanović, is divided in two parts – one taking place in Sarajevo and the other in Belgrade during the decades of seismic changes occurring towards the end of 19th and early 20th century and then the years in the wake of WWI and the disappearance of two large empires. This is the background against which the exciting life story of Rajka Radaković unfolds, one of Andrić’s great heroines. It tells the life story of a woman who, not quite understanding the changing times and the upheavals in the world around her, dedicates all her energy to fulfilling the terrible vow she made to her father many years ago. Thus she spends her life feverishly hoarding money, passionately trying to save even more, spending her entire life unloved and without joy, alienated and alone, right up to her tragic end.
The production of The Woman from Sarajevo was based on the dramatisation by Marko Fotez, completed in 1962, at the time when Ivo Andrić served as president of the Art Council of Yugoslav Drama Theatre.
The production was performed at Purgatorije Mediterranean Theatre Festival in Tivat but also at Zagreb Youth Theatre, Lazarevac, Ruma, Požarevac, Valjevo and Pančevo.
Poster designed by: Branko Rosic