Black cumin seed oil
Ljubljana City Theatre
|30.03.2022||at 20:00||Prešeren Theatre Kranj, hall|
Director: Barbara Zemljič
Dramaturg: Ira Ratej
Set designer: Urša Vidic
Costume designer: Tina Bonča
Composer: Miha Petric
Language consultant: Maja Cerar
Lighting designer: Andrej Koležnik
Sound designer: Matija Zajc
Gaber K. Trseglav
About the performance
Family relationships, together with our genes, are the basic building blocks of human character. In the story on these relationships, we meet the student Borut and his mother, an enterprising and hardworking Monika, a single mother who swears by the almighty healing power of black cumin seeds. We enter their lives one evening in 2001, when Monika invites her future daughter-in-law Viktorija to celebrate her engagement to Viktor, Viktorija's brother. Borut, who despises his mother's promiscuous behaviour as she, in his opinion, changes partners too often, decides to move in with his grandmother ... Ten years later, Borut, Viktorija and Monika meet again at a memorial service for the deceased Viktor who took his own life because of his debts. Valentina, who once again finds herself in the middle of the battlefield between her embittered son and his domineering mother, now shows her weariness and anxieties about raising a son with special needs. Ten years pass again. These days, Monika and Viktorija are no longer friends. Is it time now they forgive each other, as Borut has forgiven his mother? But, has he really? The meaning of happiness, one’s purpose and empathy also depend on which generation one belongs to, what kind of upbringing we have received and what kind of society we live in. Families are always the intersection of different generations, and therefore the views of the past clash within them, as well as the demands of the present and the expectations of the future. All these wounds that we inflict upon ourselves in the course of our living together turn into scars of resentment that mark us forever. Not even the back cumin seed oil, a universal panacea, can ease one’s pain.
Barbara Zemljič is a well-established film and theatre director and will direct on the Small Stage her new play about the worlds of three generations, unable to find harmony, or at least empathy.
"The fundamental logic of the performance poetics is that it doesn’t single out one conflict in life but tries to stage life as it is: authentic, filled with the good and the bad, and above all, without any obvious point or rules of the game."
(Benjamin Zajc, Delo, 21 December 2021)
The production is 1 hour and 30 minutes long and has no interval.