“GUESTS”

SUNDAY, June 30th, 7 pm

“GUESTS” /SERBIA

Text Author: Ronald Harwood
Director: Ivona Momirovic
Cast: Ivona Momirovic

Costume Designer: Ivona Momirovic
Project Collaborators: Jovica Pavic, Filip Gajic, Natalija Gajic
DNP Kosmodrom Theatre Production

The monodrama “Guests” is a story about loneliness, isolation, and the paranoid fear of solitude. This Friday, like every other, the heroine throws a dinner party for her esteemed guests, despite the fact that none of them exists nor has ever existed. By inviting her guests, she strives to be a great host, amiable conversationalist, an attractive woman, and a good sister. She wants to make the dinner a pleasant experience for all the guests, confronting all their attacks, condemnations, insults, mockeries, and lies. But above all, she wants to be normal and sound in their eyes. But, how can we know what is normal?

IVONA MOMIROVIC was born In Nis on April 14th1992. She lives and works in Belgrade. She finished medical high school and enrolled at the Department of Drama at the Faculty of Arts at the University of Pristina where the head of the class was Jovica Pavic. She graduated in 2016 with the play “Crime on Goat Island” by Ugo Betti with the grade-point average of 9.71, while “Guests” was her Master’s work in 2017 which she finished with the grade-point average of 9.92.

She is currently on her second year of Doctoral Studies at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. She speaks English, French, and Spanish, a little bit of Italian, and she is familiar with the basics of Greek. In the past, she was interested in dance and gymnastics, while her main interests now are skiing, fitness, and Afro-Cuban dances. She won the first place at the Sirmium Lux Verbi Oratory Festival in Sremska Mitrovica in 2014. She also won the Carica Milica Award for the Best Actress for her performance in the monodrama “Guests” at the URBAN Fest in Nis in 2017. In 2018, she received the honorary charter for successfully completing the Drama course at the Madlenianum Opera and Theatre.
 
RONALD HARWOOD was born in a Jewish family in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1934. He moved to London in 1951. After he finished his studies at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he joined the Shakespeare Company of Sir Donald Wolfit, one of the last English actor-managers of the 1950s. In fact, from 1953 to 1958, he worked as his personal dresser. Based on this personal experience, he later created the famous play “The Dresser” as well as the biography, “Sir Donald Wolfit CBE: His life and work in the Unfashionable Theatre”. In 1060, his dramatist and writing career begins: he immediately becomes a prolific writer of both novels and plays. One of the recurring themes in his works is his fascination for the stage. Works such as “The Dresser”, “After the Lions” (dedicated to Sarah Bernhardt), “Taking Sides” (about the investigation of the German conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler), “The Quartet”( about the elderly opera singers), as well as his book “All the World’s A Stage” (general history of theatre) represent his consistent and obsessive connection with the theatre. After he gained global recognition and became, next to the Nobel Prize winner Pinter, one of the most notable English contemporary writers, Harwood turned to screenwriting as well. His collaboration with the famous director Roman Polanski garnered much interest as well. Harwood wrote two screenplays for his films: “The Pianist”, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay, and “Oliver Twist”.
His stage plays are performed regularly in over 20 countries, while the play “Quartet” is currently performed in six different languages. Along with being a writer, he was also the president of PEN International (1993-1997). He is also a corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.