Narrators on a Stage “STORYTELLING ON STAGE”
“I believe that everyone would agree, including those who do not consider Miloš Lazin to be one of the most important theatre directors in Yugoslavia, that he is a director whose directing poetics is most clearly defined. He has not directed many plays, but his signature is well known. And some of his performances are undoubtedly among the best and most successful ones in all Yugoslav theatre. What is interesting is also the fact that his most celebrated plays have been adaptations of fiction, rather than dramas. By this, I mean, of course, Majčina sultanija by Svetozar Ćorović (which was awarded in Novi Sad and in Belgrade’s BITEF), Švabica by Laza Lazarević (awarded on the MESS festival) and Gospođica by Ivo Andrić.
His book Storytelling on Stage is a series of texts in which he tries to shed light on his theatre work by analyzing the processes and procedures of translating narrative structures into dramatic ones, as well as staging a literary piece. The book is an exciting combination of subjective speech and analytic thinking on the possibility of literary structures translation. He dwells on his recollections of the temptation, fear and search for solutions but he also offers precious findings on the possibilities and handy technical solutions in the process of fiction dramatization and the staging of the literature of storytelling.
Therefore, I truly believe this book to be useful on so many levels and for so many reasons. It is both useful and necessary as a piece of ‘confession literature’ but also beneficial for students and anyone involved in dramaturgy, acting, directing, history of theatre and so on.
And perhaps the most important thing about his work is that he adopts a very peculiar perspective in showing us the work of these three essential story tellers: Ivo Andrić, Svetozar Ćorović and Laza Lazarević. It is this perspective which provides us with a new insight into their work, which we read over and over and always end up coming back to.” – Dževad Karahasan, Academican