Tena Štivičić
Tena Štivičić

2015 Winner

3 Winters

Synopsis: From the remnants of monarchy to Communism, democracy, war and the EU: Croatia 1945–2011.
The Kos family argue, adapt, fall in and out of love. World after world is erected and torn down around them. The one constant is the ivy-clad house in Zagreb, built by aristocrats, partitioned, owned by all, owned by a few; witness to four increasingly educated and independent generations of women. But when the family assemble for Lucia’s wedding, Alisa learns that her nouveau-riche brother-in-law has bought the once nationalized house. For the bride this is progress, for her sister it’s a shady act of greed. For their principled parents, finally, it’s one battle too many.

Cast Breakdown: 6 M, 9 W The play is split in three time periods, with the same characters seen as younger and older versions of themselves. Therefore, depending on the concept, the production may require more or less than 15 actors.

Set: One house seen in three time periods: 1945, 1990, 2011.

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Agent: Joe Phillips, Curtis Brown

Published by: Nick Hern Books

Bio: Tena Štivičić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. She lives in London and writes in English and Croatian. Her plays Can’t Escape Sundays (2000), At Deathbed (1998), The Two of Us (2002), Fragile! (2004), Fireflies (2007), Felix (2008), Invisible (2011), Europe (2013) and plays for children Perceval – the Quest for the Grail (2001) and Psssst! (2004) have been produced in a number of European countries and translated and published in some ten languages. They have won numerous awards including the European Authors Award and Innovation Award at Heidelberg Stueckemarkt in Germany 2008 for Fragile! Europe was co-written with leading European playwrights Malgorzata Sikorska Miszczuk, Lutz Hubner and Steve Waters and produced by the Birmingham REP, ZKM Zagreb, Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz and Dresden Staatstheater. In 2007, she wrote a one-act play as part of an omnibus of plays entitled Goldoni Terminus, premiered at the Venice Biennale. Her play Seven Days in Zagreb was part of the European Theatre Convention project entitled Orient Express in 2009. A feature film adapted from her play Invisible is currently in pre-production. She holds an MA in Writing for Performance from Goldsmiths College, University of London.