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Elvis Bosnjak

ELVIS BOSNJAK

  (1971 - )

Nationality:    Croatian
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Born in Split, 1971, where he was studying acting at the academy of Dramatic Arts. after the academy, 1993 he becomes a member of Croatian national Theater in RijekA. With a group of actors he founds a new Theater in Rijeka- HKD which becomes one of the most influential independent Theaters in CroatiA. In 1995 he returns to live and work in Split and joins Croatian National Theater- Split where he works as an actor up to the present day. By the end of the nineties he stArts to write for the Theater. His first play- Father, was produced by CNT-Split by the end of 2000, and was followed by the River Takes Us in 2002, and Let's Go Jumping on Those Clouds in 2004. all his texts were directed by Nenni Delmestre and these productions received fifteen awards. For his text the River Takes us, he received the most importANT annual award "Vladimir Nazor" which was given to him by Ministry of Culture of Croatia, and the award for best Drama in festival of national Drama 13th. Days of Marulic. a year before, at the same festival he also won the best Drama award for his text Father. His newest play Let's Go Jumping on Those Clouds has been received with acclamation by the critics as well as the audience. elvis Bosnjak has been regarded by Croatian critics and theoreticians, as one of the most importANT contemporary writers who fascinates with his volcanic writing and universal story telling which puts no boundaries for interpretational possibilities.

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below is a list of Elvis Bosnjak's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Father, The         Heart Bigger Than Hands         Let's Go Jumping On Those Clouds         River Takes Us, The



Father, The

Synopsis:
the word around the prison is that someone is offering 10 000 euro for the murder of Father, accused of a dual infanticide and the rape of his daughter. after seven days in solitary, where he was moved because he asked for protection, Father returns to his cell the night before he is to be released. He asks a fellow prisoner to give him a hidden knife so that he can commit suicide. the prisoners are suspicious that he will use the knife to kill one of them so as to be able to remain in jail, where he has at least some security. What happens if a criminal like Father starts to repent? Can he forgive himself, can anyone forgive him, can he find comfort in faith?

Notes:
the relationship between crime, repentance And forgiveness

1st Produced:
Croatian National Theatre - Split, Croatia    2000

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Genre:
Drama, 1 scene

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Heart Bigger Than Hands

Synopsis:
Two married couples find themselves in the middle of a love foursome. at the impossibility of achieving a real relationship, each of them creates an entirely imaginary relationship, thus living more in fancy with the person they don't have than the person they're bound to in real life. as a result, they don't notice their partner is living the same problem and that there are more things connecting them than separating them. their love turns into paranoid fear because it represents the loss of the right to love, the right to live. their obsession turns into a loss of identity. Becoming aware of the person they share their real life with would come as a healing conclusion.

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Genre:
Drama One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Let's Go Jumping On Those Clouds

Synopsis:
In a series of scenes, which are not set by number of order, Sem and Rita (or as many Sems and Ritas as you like), love each other, grow older, yearn for each other, balance on that thin line between love and friendship, want children they can not have, are abandoned by their children, wait for each other, become strangers, divorce, find each other again after a long wait, jump around in the clouds.

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1st Produced:
Croatian National Theatre - Split, Croatia    2004

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Play/Drama

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River Takes Us, The

Synopsis:
the mother of Stipe, Nikola, Jerko and Seka dies during the family farmyard pig-slaughtering activities. Fascination with their mother was what had kept them together. Now both their emotional and material world falls apart. the house in which they were raised has to be divided. Half of the house goes to their maternal aunt, Strina, who has been mourning her dead son for thirteen years. He had died saving Jerko's life. Stipe had been standing on the river bank but had not jumped in to save his brother. Nikola wants to give up his part of the house to Jerko - his unmarried brother who is being destroyed by silence, painful competition with Strina, and his somewhat irrational feeling of guilt for the death of her son - and Seka, their divorced sister who had cared for their mother. Seka marries Mladen, an intellectual who has returned from the city, drawn back by his love of the land and the vine. alarming news reaches them from Seka's son, at university in Zagreb. Persuaded by his wife, Stipe tries to pay back his debt to Nikola with his part of the house. Jerko and Strina stay on in the house, enmeshed in their shadows and guilt. This is a story about good people whose misfortune stems from their not having shed the tears they should have, who have been raised to suffer without tears and to be quietly unhappy, to love sparingly and to hide love as if they are hiding something shameful.

Notes:
the disintegration of A village family

1st Produced:
Croatian National Theatre - Split, Croatia    2002

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Genre:
Drama, 4 acts

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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