May, 8th 2001
Croatian House of Culture in Sušak
Ljubljana City Theatre, Ljubljana – Slovenia

Marius von Mayenburg: FIREFACE

Directed by: Samo M. Strelec

Translated into Slovenian by: Darko Čuden
Director and set designer: Samo M. Strelec

Father: Tone Kuntner
Mother: Ljerka Belak
Olga: Iva Kranjc
Kurt: Tadej Toš
Paul: Aljoša Ternovšek
Dramaturge: Ira Ratej
Costume designer: Bojanka Adžić Ursulov
Music selected by: Tadej Toš

Opening night:  1st 3 2001

FirefaceMarius von Mayenburg (b. 1972) is a representative of the “theatre of blood and sperm” or of “the brigades of fire and fury“. This young German playwright has been awarded the Kleist Prize and has received the support of the Frankfurt Foundation for Young Authors, tn almost no time his play has ignited the stages of Europe and beyond. It has opened numerous theatre festivals and caused a scandal in Poland, yet it continues receiving awards.

In accordance with the repertoire concept of Mestno gleda lišće ljubljansko, this is only one of the performances that offer the audiences new and artistically full-blooded information on what is currently happening in modern European theatre. FIREFACE is a story about two young people, a sister and a brother, in the process of exploring sexuality which their parents are no longer aware of. It is a play that, by using elements of black humor, talks about life as a habit and how its protagonists slowly and unconsciously approach disaster -incest, hell, parricide and suicide.
From the programme booklet

The performance shows us how, due to the destructive energy of its protagonists, a meal at a family table easily turns into a bloody family war.
Stavko Pezdir in Delo

This performance will not seem convincing to those who expect the theatre to offer them a means for identification; especially not to those who are appalled by any manifestation of emotional rigidity. Others will find it convincing due to its excellent acting achievements and thanks to a clear-cut and uncompromising directorial approach, due to all the topics the play seemingly effortlessly touches upon, reflecting the incomprehensive rigidity and reality of our world.
Vilma Štritof Čretnik in Dnevnik