Dragoslav Nenadic

Under The Millostone

Directed by Egon Savin

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Duration 1h 35 min no interval
Première 16.10.2016.

The economic crises of 21st century have stirred a new interest in the first play by the young and nearly forgotten author Dragoslav Nenadić, written in early 20th century. The critics well noted that Under the Millstone reveals a world of the periphery, a worn out existence in dirty and damp shacks and overgrown backyards, a demi-world with its torn-apart families, of people who will stop at nothing: pulling knives, theft, prostitution, pimping….Nenadić’s colourful characters from Belgrade life, though up to their necks in quicksand, still believe that life could be nicer and better: whether through escape (wherever it may be, the city, America), or through belief that there is perhaps a happier land somewhere out there…At that crucial moment – under the millstone – these dispossessed characters, estranged and often animal-like, have only three options before them…

With the production of Under the Millstone Yugoslav Drama Theatre continues adding to its repertoire new readings of forgotten heritage as it has done in previous years with the productions of It Had to Be So, Terrace, Sky Battalion…

Dragoslav Nenadić (1888-1940) studied Economy in Paris and spent most of his life working at the Ministry of Finance. He belonged to that generation of Serbian playwrights who modernised Serbian theatre.

Actor Boris Isaković received the Milosav–Buca Mirković award at the Nušić’s Days theatre festival and Jelena Petrović received the ‘Zalog za Budućnost’ award pesented by the Večernje Novosti journalist jury at the Theatre Spring festival in Šabac. Guest performances were given at the Milivoje Živanović theatre festival in Požarevac and Ruma.

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