A Balkan Trilogy by Jovanka Bach

The playwright's first plays, A Matter of the Heart, and Sylvie were O'Neill semi-finalists. Mercy Warren's Tea, which was also directed by Ms Bach, won an American Radio Theatre award for 'best play' and was broadcast on public radio.

Chekhov and Maria premiered in Los Angeles under the playwright's direction. It had excellent reviews and had a European premiere in London at Theatre Technis. A highly successful off-Broadway production of Chekhov and Maria was staged at the Barrow Group Theatre in New York in 2006. Click here for more about Chekhov and Maria.

Name Day was produced at the Odyssey Theatre, Los Angeles and was nominated for the PEN Center West Drama Award. The play is the first in a trilogy about Serbian American and Serbian cultural experiences, and the Balkan crisis. Name Day's off-Broadway opening at the Barrow Group Theatre, produced and directed by Marcy Arlin of the Immigrant's Theatre Project, was greeted with unanimous acclaim by audiences and critics alike. Click here to access the N.Y. Times review.

The second play, A Thousand Souls had a successful premiere at the Odyssey in April 1999.

Marko the Prince, the third and final part of this monumental trilogy played at the Odyssey in July, 2001. The play was also given a highly successful off-Broadway staging by the Immigrant's Theatre Project and John Stark at the Barrow Group Theatre in July of 2008. Click here to access the N.Y. Times review.

The plays are now available to regional theatres.

Ms. Bach has written for the successful Canadian one man show, An Evening with Stephen Leacock, starring John Stark.

She translated and adapted The Family Glembay, written by Miroslav Krleza, a Yugoslavian Nobel Prize nominee. The play was performed at the Olympic Arts Festival, during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

She also wrote O'Neill's Ghosts which successfully premiered at the Odyssey in Los Angeles. Regarding a September 2014 Guest Production of O'Neill's Ghosts at the Odyssey BroadwayWorld Reviews said:

"Bravo to John DiFusco for going balls out in his unapologetic, unflinchingly unsympathetic portrayal of the genius playwright Eugene O'Neill."

She was a member of the Dramatist's Guild.


Click to view excerpt from A Thousand Souls starring John Difusco as Velko, Christopher Franciosa as Michael and Rebekah Williams as Kara.


 

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