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Three Winters

Tena Štivičić

November of 1945, January of 1990, November of 2011. Croatia, Zagreb. The Kos family is given the right to move into the expropriated house of a wealthy family after Tito’s communists take power. There they live through the collapse of Yugoslavia, and Croatia gaining its independence (1991), as well as joining the European Union (2013). History creates family history. Time and again, the women of several generations have to adapt to political changes and build up their lives when history intersects with their family relations. Intimate and ideological, business and ethical choices are interwoven in the abundantly detailed mosaic created by the Croatian author Tena Štivičić. Soulless parvenuism takes the place of communist double standards. People leave their homes sometimes as refugees, at other times as political exiles or now as labour refugees.

The old, stately yet decaying house in Zagreb is like one of the main characters. Different eras and strata accumulate in it: aristocratic, fascistic, communistic, nationalistic, capitalistic. The author and time continually turn their kaleidoscope and the fragments of information from different eras again form a new picture. The echo of distant events speaks and shapes destinies.

The play premiered in 2014 at the London National Theatre. The play’s author Tena Štivičić wrote in the National Theatre’s blog that she was inspired by the story of her family and the fates of her mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. “These women spoke in very different voices. Each of them had their own means to use for expressing their situation and difficulties in life, or more properly the absence of those means.”

Premiere on 21 April 2017 in the Big Stage.

Director Priit Pedajas
Art Director Pille Jänes (guest)
Translated by Kalle Hein

Cast: Ülle Kaljuste, Tõnu Oja, Laine Mägi, Tiit Sukk, Ita Ever, Taavi Teplenkov, Guido Kangur, Kersti Heinloo, Maria Klenskaja, Britta Soll, Liisa Saaremäel, Viire Valdma, Christopher Rajaveer.

Dates Start time Kirjeldus Stage