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A profound look at a person whose life has been tested by various challenges, leading to an unusual fascination and longing for dangerous situations.


The play shows the self-deprecating and humorous analysis of the inner life of a victim, whose soul and body not only endures the tragedies but also longs for them in their own twisted way. With every ounce of humility lost, we can not only empathize with history, but also reflect on our own hardships - how they shaped people, influenced their development, and scarred them beyond repair and forever.

From bedwetting to debilitating illnesses, the source material tackles the harsh complexities of life, growing up, and overcoming debilitating odds. By portraying realistic themes, it delves into the nature of the "victim", how it functions and how it constantly needs an injection of misfortune to nourish itself, leaving us with the surreal realization: people are nothing without the tragedy, that they have lived through.


1.5 hours
Additional information
Simona Semenič (1975) is a playwright, dramaturge, author, performer, and teacher. She graduated from Dramaturgy at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film, and Television (AGRFT) in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  
Simona is a recipient of the Prešeren Fund Award, the highest national award for artistic creation. In 2022 she received Cankar Award for best literary work for the book of plays Three Plays for Girls. She is also a three-time winner of the Grum Prize, the national Best Play award. She was awarded for 5boys.si (2009), 24hrs (2010) and Seven Cooks, Four Soldiers and Three Sophias (2015) and was nominated for 1981 (2014), This Apple, Made of Gold (2017), You are the Miracle (2020), and Beautiful Vidas Burn Beautifully (2021). In 2020 Simona won the best novel award Modra Ptica and in 2021 award Zlata hruška for her middle-grade novel Secret Society KRVZ.  
Her plays have been translated into twenty-three languages and staged and published in several countries in Europe, the USA, South America, the Far East, and the Middle East. Other plays include You Didn’t Forget You Just Don’t Remember Anymore, The Feast, Blame It All on Donnie Darko, Sophia, We, the European Corpses, The Last Love Letter, Rowan, Strudel, Dance, and More, That's Not It and A Show by the Ladies' Society for Lovers of Gypsy tarot, Books, Theatre, etc. Productions of her plays have won numerous awards in Slovenia and abroad.  
Simona also writes, directs, and performs experimental theatre shows, which include 9 easy pieces (2007, with artistic group Preglej),  I, the Victim. (2007), Do Me Twice (2009), 43 Happy Ends (2010, with artistic group Preglej), Kapelj and Semenič Under Construction (2012, with Barbara Kapelj), Bulc and Semenič For Sale (2013, with Mare Bulc), The Second Time (2014), To Last (2018), Picture Perfect (2020), and We, the Witches (2021). Her shows have been receiving outstanding notices from the audience and theater theoreticians and Simona performs them at festivals in Slovenia and abroad. 
Since her beginnings in professional theatre in 2001, Simona has been working as a dramaturge on various theatre and dance projects with different theatre directors and choreographers.Since 2018, she has also been present in visual arts, her works Note to an Entirety (2009-2018, with Nada Žgank), His Dreamery (2020, with Nada Žgank), and The Hen (2022, with Arjan Pregl) have been exhibited multiple times.    
In the last decade, Simona has also been continuously involved in teaching. She runs a playwriting workshop at Trubar Literature House Ljubljana and also at different workshops for theater and creative writing in Slovenia and abroad. 
Besides books her work is also published in numerous magazines and anthologies in Slovenia and abroad. Her play 1981 was adapted into a comic book and published by JSKD in 2021.
Dates
April 2024
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