U.S. Premiere of Belgrade Trilogy Will Feature Sawyer Avery, Son of Director Steven Spielberg
By Andrew Gans
The WhiteListed Theatre Company will present the U.S. and English-language premiere of Biljana Sbrljanović’s Belgrade Trilogy next month at the 4th Street Theater.
Directed by Joanna Nastassja Kastratovic, performances are scheduled at the Off-Broadway venue for Sept. 7-22.
First performed in Belgrade in 1997 and set in Prague, Sydney, Los Angeles and Belgrade, Belgrade Trilogy is described as a dark comedy that "centers on a group of young adults continually affected by the devastation of the Serbian culture and people in the post-war era."
The ensemble cast comprises Iva Valkova, Kate Hoffman, Jess Loudon, Samantha Slater, Vanina Kondova, Benjamin Watson, Sawyer Avery, Alexander Ristov, Luka Mijatovic, Gavin Haag and Theo Petelov.
"What happens when you are on the wrong side of a war?" production notes ask. "What happens when those closest to you are the ones who hurt you the most? And what happens when you hail from the social pariah of Europe? ... We encounter a group of young Serbian adults who are spread across the globe and unwittingly tied to their country’s violent and war-torn past. In search of a better life, they all decided to leave their homeland and family behind, fleeing to the Czech Republic, Australia, and the United States. But for these naïve and complex characters, the reality is, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side and a troubled past will follow you anywhere."
The creative team also includes assistant director Alexandra Clayton and designer Jivko Dumanov with original music by Adriana Milanova and photography by Nikoleta Despodova.
Kate Hoffman and Theo Petelov serve as artistic directors of The WhiteListed Theatre Company and also translated the original text for this production; Alexandra Alcocer serves as director of development for the company.
Show times are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM and 8 PM.
4th Street Theatre is located at 83 East 4th Street. Tickets, priced at $25, can be purchased online at www.WhiteListedTheatre.com.
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