“In Agony” – an intimate drama about interpersonal relationships

Croatian actors from PUK-Traveling Theater and Youth Center Ribnik – A scene last night in the vestibule of the church “St. Sophia” within the framework of the drama program of “Ohrid Summer” brought the theatrical performance “In Agony” by Miroslav Krleza.

It is about a drama that speaks of three life shipwrecks, three unfortunate people who turn into a loving and marriage triangle.
The play covers the ruin of a generation in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which lost the social status that it once had, and these people manage as they know and know in new life circumstances.

-But this social and political framework here is less important. More importantly, it’s about an intimate drama, a drama about complicated interpersonal relationships. We performed the play by trying to place it in an intimate space, so that the audience was closer to us as performers. We wanted to make a theater atmosphere where the audience almost voiced in the tense and intriguing relationships and the climax of the stage. The drama comes without any ambitions, as an exercise between the three to revive the faces of the Crucifix. When they looked at our colleagues and friends, they said that it was extraordinary and that we must come out with it beyond the borders of our country. Simply put, the performance was born in modest conditions, but with the intention of exploring one organic acting, that is, whether the sentences of the Crucifix for which there is a fake that are complicated and difficult to pass can be understood. If they are pronounced in a genuine organic manner with dose probability, then it turns out that the sentences are sweeping, exciting, dynamic, says actor Darko Stazic who played the character of Baron Lenbach in the play.

The actor Osren Grabaric explained that the three authors of the project did the whole play, starting from the direction, through acting until the stage was set, but according to him, the most important of all was the research of acting organic processes.
-When Krleza is working, especially the Lambayev cycle, which in my opinion is the most powerful work, not only in Croatia, but also wider, it’s so well written, so that every new concept is more and more. That’s why I say that this drama was directed by Krleza. We only respected what he wrote. As far as the author himself is concerned, I think he is not sufficiently represented, because it is a world author, adds Grabaric.

Actress Nela Kocsis, who played the main role in the play “In agony”, said that exactly with the monologue of Laura Lenbachova was applied to the drama academy.

-Then I was too young to play Laura Lenbachova, but I hoped that I would ever have a chance to play the role. I always knew exactly how I should play it, but I doubted if there came a director with a different conception that is diametrically opposed to my view of Laura that I will not be able to catch her as I imagine. Fortunately, this project took place and I could try all the variants, explained Kocsis.

The drama “In Agony” by Krleza has two versions. The three excellent Croatian authors and actors worked the original version of 1928 with two acts. Later, in 1965, Miroslav Krleza wrote the third act for this play, which is part of the Glembayev trilogy.