Jovanka Bach's second exploration of the Balkan tragedy, A Thousand Souls, will have its world premiere at the Odyssey Theatre in W. L.A. April 10. The play is the second in a trilogy dealing with the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.
Produced and directed by John Stark, Souls is a psychological drama which tests the bond between a Serbian father and his American-born son as they travel to Serbia in 1991, in the shadows of the impending civil war.
Bach's trilogy was launched in 1995 with the production of Name Day, also at the Odyssey. Variety hailed it as "a modern tragedy as searing as some of Arthur Miller's early work," labelling it a "deeply moving and tightly structured drama."
Bach is a medical doctor who currently practices in Santa Monica. She has collaborated often with Stark, beginning at the 1984 L.A. Olympics Arts Festival on The Family Glembay, by Yugoslav Nobel Prize nominee Miroslav Krleza.
Stark has picked the following actors: John DiFusco, Christopher Franciosa (son of actor Tony Franciosa), Loren K. Davidson, Jr., Paula Fins, Jack Kissel, Catherine Grace and Zale Morris. A Thousand Souls is a visiting production at the Odyssey, which is located at 2055 S. Sepulveda Blvd. in W. L.A. Call (310) 477-2055 for information.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent