- A popular comedy novel by Miro Gavran HOW WE BROKE OUR LEGS which plot follows an unusual family in Slavonia and Zagreb during a period of forty years and after six publications in Croatian and translation to Chinese and English, has been published in Albanian, too. The publisher is SHKUPI from Skopje in North Macedonia, Florija Dauti edition. The translator is Asim Ardiu, and the editor is Krenar Dauti. Miro Gavran’s books have multiple editions in Albania, Kosovo and North Macedonia.
- A short story THE COAT FOR PRESIDENT by Miro Gavran was published in Vecernji list, Croatian most widely distributed newspaper, on 30 07 2022.
- Miro Gavran’s play „The Doll“ was premiered on June 3, 2022. in a German city Koblenz in Theater am Ehrenbreitstein. The play was translated into German by Tihomir Glowatzky, the director was Gabriel Diaz, while Annika Woyda and Simon Greichgauer play the main roles.
- Miro Gavran will be declared as an honorary academic of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 23 in the City of Mostar.
- 7th Theatre Gavran’s Days in Mali Lošinj, featuring Miro Gavran’s plays and a book promotion
- Miro Gavran’s play “Coffee at Noon” was premiered in Zagreb, Croatia, produced by Gavran Theatre
- Promotion of Miro Gavran’s newest book of dramas took place in Zagreb, Croatia – “SELECTED DRAMAS 2001 – 2021”, counting nine pieces: The spokesman, The perfect partner, Coffee at Noon, Your Every Birthday, Parallel worlds, Greta Garbo’s Secret, In expectation to a Father, What should I do with my life, How to Kill the president, published by Mozaik knjiga, edited by Hana Vunic with the afterword written by Venko Andonovski
- Miro Gavran’s book “A few birds and one sky” is published in Albanian language by Shkupi publishing house from Skopje in northern Macedonia. The translator is Agim Ardiu, while the editor is Azam Dauti.
- Miro Gavran’s play “Coffee at Noon” will be published in the magazine “Književna Revija”, number 1 from Osijek
- Miro Gavran’s monodrama “What should I do with my life” will be published in the magazine “Dubrovnik”, number 1/2 from Dubrovnik
- 20th | Miro Gavran’s monodrama “What should I do with my life?” premiering on Croatian Radio in the show “Radio Scene” starring: Jerko Marčić (Ivo) and Irena Tereza Prpić (Anita’s voice), director: Stephanie Jamnicky, tone master: Marija Pečnik Kvesić, music editor: Franka Meštrović, editor: Lada Martinac Kralj
- 26th | Play “All About Men” premiering in Plock, Poland, theatre “Jerzego Szaniawskiego”. Translated by Anna Tuszynska, directed by Krzystof Prus, main actors Adam Gradowski, Bogumil Karbowski and Dariusz Poleszak.
- Publishing house, MOZAIK KNJIGA from Zagreb, has published four of the repeated editions of Miro Gavran’s children’s novels in Croatian language: 3rd edition of the novel “A Summer to Remember”, 14th edition of the “All Sorts of Things in My Head”, 15h edition of the “How Dad Won Mum” as well as the 17th edition of “Head Over Heels in Love”
- 18th | Premiere – Moscow | All About Men | Svobodnaya scena
- GavranFest in Belgrade was held.
- July 3rd | Theatrical group Šprajc from Czech will perform a premiere of Miro Gavran’s play Beer in Czech language in Obcenice. Directed by Hana Mavranova.
- Miro Gavran’s play “The Perfect Partner” premiered on June 9th 2020. Produced by Gavran theatre, directed by Slađana Kilibarda. Acting: Lana Gojak Bajt, Kristina Krepela, Sven Jakir
Four Miro Gavran’s plays were uploaded to YouTube and available online:
- Miro Gavran’s book “FOUR STORIES AND ONE COMMEDY” was published in Netherlands in Dutch. Translated by Sanja Kregar and Emma Kosanović, published by the KLIN publishing house
- Publishing house, the MOZAIK KNJIGA from Zagreb, has published three of the repeated editions of Miro Gavran’s novels in Croatian language: 12th edition of the novel “Judita”, 16th edition of the children’s novel “Head over heels in love” as well as the 4th edition of a book of dramma’s “George Washington’s loves and other drammas”
- March 5th in Vienna Miro Gavran’s “The Doll” premiering in the Theater Center Forum
- Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s friend” published in Lithuanian by LEDIKLA GELMES publishing house in Vilnius, Lithuania. The translation was made by Laima Masyte
- Gavran’s drama “Your ever birthday” published by the PROZOR EDITIONS from Paris, France
- January 12th | The KEREMPUH theatre from Zagreb performing the ceremonial 100th performance of Miro Gavran’s play “Looking for a new husband”
- January 17th | Kleines Theater from Salzburg Austria performing Miro Gavran’s premiere of the “Ice-cream”
- January 24th | The GAVRAN Theatre performing ceremonial 100th performance of Miro Gavran’s play “Beer”
- August 30th | Miro Gavran’s comedy “Wanted a new husband” premiering Moscow, Russia at the ART PARTNER XXI Theatre. Translated by Sergej Girin, directed by Garold Strelkov,
stage desiner: Anastasia Glebova, cast: Maria Poroshina, Olga Tumaikina, Mikhail Politceimako, Vladislav Kotlyarskiy.
- August 30th | Miro Gavran’s comedy “Wanted a new husband” premiering Moscow, Russia at the ART PARTNER XXI Theatre. Translated by Sergej Girin, directed by Garold Strelkov,
stage desiner: Anastasia Glebova, cast: Maria Poroshina, Olga Tumaikina, Mikhail Politceimako, Vladislav Kotlyarskiy.
- August 23rd and 27th | Reading performance of Miro Gavran’s drama “Ice-cream” in Germany at the Nordhausen Theatre. Translated by Tihomir Glowatzky, directed by Anja Eisner, acting: Anja Eisner and Susanne Hinsching
- Sixth days of the GAVRAN Theater in Mali Lošinj from July 18th to July 25th performing three Miro Gavran’s plays: “All About Men”, “The wise owl and the foxy fox” and “All About Women”.
- Miro Gavran has won the award “Crikveničko sunce” for this years’ most prominent literary achievements at the 18th traditional Adriatic literary encounters in Crikvenica, Croatia.
- Olga Pakalović has won the “Fabijan Šovagović” award at just recently finished 26th Actors’ Festival for playing Sanja in Miro Gavran’s play “All Your Birthdays”, directed by Rene Medvešak and produced by HNK -Hrvatsko Narodno Kazaliste u Zagrebu, as well as for playing Olga in “Konstalacije” by Nick Payn, directed by Aida Bukvić, produced by Osijek summer culture and Teatar EXIT.
- Miro Gavran has won the “Zvonimir Golob” for the best unpublished love poem titled “Once we meet at the sky” written and dedicated to his wife Mladena for her last birthday February 23rd.
- Miro Gavran has won the award “Marul” for the contemporary dramatic text at the Croatian festival of drama “Marulicevi dani” in Split. This award has been extended for the best original playwright. Actress Olga Pakalović has won the “Marul” award for the best female character. The play “All your birhtdays” was produced by Croatian national theatre Zagreb, directed by Rene Medvešek.
- Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s Friend” has been published in France by LETTRES CAPITALES THEATROOM from Paris, translated to French by Yves-Alexandre Tripković.
Aside from the Croatian original, this novel has been translated also to Dutch, Czech, Slovakian, English, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Albanian entirely, as well as fragmented to Esperanto. This is a strong emotional story about two authors and friends, Franz Kafka and Max Brod, as well as women that have determined their destinies. Miro Gavran was awarded by Croatian Academy of Sciences and Art for this novel. As until this point, Mr. Gavran’s work was translated into more than 40 languages, and his books have had more than 200 different editions both in his country of residence and abroad.
- Miro Gavran has just published the book “Stories of Solitude”. Published by Mozaik Knjiga from Zagreb, edited by Zoran Maljković, illustrated by Marko Jovanovac, while the prologue was written by Branka Džebić.
Thirty years after the release of the cult collection, the story “Small Unusual People” (1989), which had as many as five editions, Gavran goes out to the readers with a collection in which he summarizes the ten stories created over the past quarter of the century, connected with the theme of human loneliness – the dominant topic of our time. The heroes of these stories catch your attention. In their sorrows, disappointments, joys and emotions, you will find some fragments of your own life.
- The fourth edition of Miro Gavran’s novel A FEW BIRDS AND ONE SKY has been published in Croatian language, issued by “Mozaik knjiga” from Zagreb.
We follow a double love story and dramatic events in Herzegovina during the World War I, when Brother Didak Buntic started a rescue mission for starving children.
- The tenth edition of Miro Gavran’s novel “Forgotten Son” has been published in the Croatian language in the edition of “Mozaik knjiga” from Zagreb.
This gentle story of slightly mentally-impaired young man was once selected for the IBBY HONOR LIST in Basel, Switzerland, and the novel was also translated into German, Slovenian, English and Spanish.
- Miro Gavran’s drama “Beer” has premiered February 15th 2019 in PIDIVADLO in Prague in Czech. Directed by Aleš Bergman, with Pavel Hermanovsky and Denis Docenko acting.
- The Third edition of the book “George Washington’s Loves” has been published in Zagreb, Croatia.
Except for the “George Washington’s Loves”, this edition contains three more popular Gavran’s dramas: “Creont’s Antigone”, “A Death of an Actor” and “The Conspirators”.
- Miro Gavran’s play “Ice-cream” premiering in Niš, Serbia
The National theatre in Niš premiered Miro Gavran’s play “Ice-cream” on Saturday, February 9th. Directed by Spasoje Ž. Milovanović, interpreted by Ivana Nedović and Nađa Nedović Tekinder. This is the 5th premiere of this play, which premiered for the first time in 2014. in the Gavran Theatre.
- The Ninth GavranFest in Germany
The ninth GavranFest, the international theatre festival which exclusively features plays by the Croatian author Miro Gavran, will take place 1-3 February 2019 in the Sensemble Theatre in Ausburg, Germany. The producers of the festival, Anne Schuester and Sebastian Seidel, have invited five productions from Austria, Croatia and Germany. They have also organised two round tables where directors, actors, theatrologists, and translators will speak about Gavran’s work.
– The Doll, Sensemble Theatre (Augsburg, Germany)
– Pontius Pilate, Theatre Und So Fort (Munich, Germany)
– Ice Cream, Theatre Gavran (Zagreb, Croatia)
– Beer, Sensemble Theatre, (Augsburg, Germany)
– Laughing Prohibited, Theatre Center Forum (Vienna, Austria)
GavranFest was founded in 2003 in the Jan Palarik Theatre in Trnava, Slovakia where it was held four times. In 2013 it was held in the Ludowy Theatre in Krakow, Poland, and since 2016 it has been held in Prague in the Czech Republic.
Miro Gavran plays have premiered seven times in German theatres. Two collections of his dramas have been published in German, by the University of Bamberg Press. And, three of his plays – Creon’s Antigone, George Washington’s Loves, and Night of the Gods – were included in an anthology of the world’s best dramas, published by Anton Heirsemann publishing house, Stuttgart.
- 600th performance of Gavran’s comedy All About Women in Krakow
Renowned Polish theatre Teatar Ludowz from Krakov had its 600th repetition of Miro Gavran’s comedy All About Women on February 22nd. It was welcomed from audience with ovations.
This is Gavran’s most performed theatrical text which so far had 52 premieres all around the world: from New York and Buenos Aires to Paris, Bratislava, Moscow, Mumbai, Prague… It was seen by more than 700 thousand viewers.
Center of the unusual structure of this play are contemporary women. Through five stories that mutually intertwine, three actresses play 5 roles each – starting from three-year-olds in kindergarted all the way to 90-year-olds in retirement home. This gives actresses opportunity for spectacular transformations.
Translator is Anna Tuszyunska, director is Pawel Szumieca and actresses are: Marta Bizoń, Beata Schimscheiner and Magdalena Nieć.
- Miro Gavran’s novel for children “How Dad Won Mum” was just published in its 14th edition in Croatian. Publisher is Mozaik Knjiga from Zagreb, editor is Zoran Maljkovic and illustrator is Niko Barun.
Gavran’s play “The Doll” will premiere on the December 6th at
the Belgrade Theatre Vihor, directed by Nevena Vukes and Bojan
Gavran’s play “The Doll” will premiere on the December 21st
at the Budapest Theatre Karinthy. Translated by Ivan Varga, directed by
On the December 30th Miro Gavran’s drama “Your Every
Birthday” will premiere at Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, directed
by Rene Medvescek
On the 27th and 28th November, Miro Gavran had “The 4th
Flight with Gavran” – literary and theatrical festival dedicated to Miro
Gavran at his birthplace, Nova Gradiška.
On the November 30th Miro Gavran’s drama “Parallel worlds”
premiered at The Croatian National Theatre in Split, directed by Goran
On the October 11th, Miro Gavran has promoted his novel
“Kafka’s Friend” on 8 languages at the Frankfurt International Book Fair
Miro Gavran will have premiere of his comedy “Laughing
Forbidden” in Theater-Center-Forum in Vienna on September 26th.
Translation into German was done by Tihomir Glowatzky, director is Hubsi
Kramar while main roles are performed by Adriana Zartl, Carmen Wagner
and Christian Nisslmuler. This is 11th premiere of this Gavran’s comedy.
Heroes of this play are husband, wife and husband’s lover whose
destinies intertwine and get so complicated such that they don’t know if
they feel more comfortable in this love triange or outside of it.
Miro Gavran was became first Croatian cravat ambassador
during simposium “Cravat’s Diplomacy” which was held in The European
House, Zagreb yesterday. Plaque was given to him by Jelena Perleta,
co-host of the Public Diplomacy Club of The Croatian United Nations
Association and Marijan Busic, director of Academie Cravatica. Cravat
simposium was held under sponsorship of Croatian Parliament, Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Croatian and the city of Zagreb, partnering with The
Croatian National Tourist Board, Tourist Board of the City of Zagreb
and Cravata brand.
Hungarian theatre portal SZINHAZ.net from Budapest published
Miro Gavran’s play “Ice Cream” in Hungarian, translated by Ivan Varga.
It is an emotional story whitch talks about mother-daughter relationship
through sixty years. It had performances with great success in Croatia,
Slovenia and Serbia. In addition to Hungarian it was also translated
into English, Czech, Polish, Russian, German and Slovakian.
For full version of play “Ice Cream” in Hungarian visit: http://szinhaz.net/2018/08/09/uj-e-drama-miro-gavran-fagyi/
Miro Gavran’s novel “All Sorts of Things in My Head” was
published in Croatian, in its 13th edition by MOZAIK KNJIGA publisher.
This Gavran’s novel talks about life in Croatian province in sixties
with much humor and nostalgia.
The hero of this story is a boy who wants to write his memoirs in the manner of the great personalities in history. Writing the story of his life as it happened, world literature’s youngest writer of memoirs recounts many humourous events which take place in his unusual family, and in the village in which he lives.
The novel won hearts of readers from multiple generations and has been on reading list in primary schools for 15 years. Author won prestigious “Ivana Brlic Mazuranic” award for best children’s book of the year in Croatia in 1992.
Miro Gavran’s novels “The Only Witness to Beauty” and
“Kafka’s Friend” were published as one book by International Book Fair,
in “Mansarda” edition in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Editor is Sanja Vojinović, Nela Savkovic-Vukcevic, who is representing Secretary of culture and sport of city of Podgorica, was signed in front of publisher. Lector is Jakov Lovric.
These Gavran’s novels follow heroes whose destiny was determined by their love for literature and emotional fragility in male-female relationships.
The Only Witness to Beauty takes action in Croatia and Malta in present while Kafka’s Friend takes place in Prague during first decades of 20th century following relationship of Franz Kafka and Max Brod with women who defined them.
Play “How to Kill a President” will be performed by National
Theatre of Kosovo in Pristina, Kosovo, on June 28th. Translation into
Albanian was done by Ali Avdiu, director is Marigiona Bekteshi while
main roles are performed by Mirsad Ferati, Fatmir Haliti, Rabie Kryeziu
and Njomza Tmava.
“Teatrul Arte dell’Anima” will perform Gavran’s play “All
About Women” in Bucharest, Romania On June 10th. Translation into
Romanian was done by Michaela Balint, director is Felix Crainciu while
main roles are performed by Corina Danila, Adriana Titieni and Crina
Premiere of play “The Doll”, performed by “Stichting Buda
Staging Performance” will be held in Bred, Netherlands on June 8th.
Translation into Dutch was done by Sanja Kregar, director is Hanna Buda
while main roles are performed by Rimanta Tavo and Bart Matthijsen.
On June 2nd National Theatre “Anton Panov” from Strumica
performed Gavran’s comedy “Laughing Prohibited”. Translation into
Macedonian was done by Gorjan Miloshevski, director is Igor Ivkovic
while main roles are performed by Olivera Arizanova, Boris Kolio
Cherkezov and Nina-Julija Milkova.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s Friend” was published by Magor
publisher in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Translation into Macedonian
was done by Pavlina Adzi Mitreska. In addition to Croatian this novel
was also published in Dutch, Czech, Slovak, English, Bulgarian, and
Albanian and also in French and Esperanto in fragments. It is a powerful
and emotional story about two writers and friends – Franz Kafka and Max
Brod and women who sealed their destinies. Gavran received an award
from Croatian Academy for Science and Art in 2012 for this novel.
Miro Gavran had premiere of his play “The Doll” performed by
Theatre Buscon in Cuba. Translation into Spanish was done by Zeljka
Lovrencic, director is Simon Carlos Martin who is also one of the
actors, together with Mercedes Maria Noya.
8th GavranFest will be held in Prague, Czech Republic from
5th to 9th April 2018. GavranFest is international theatrical festival.
GavranFest is a theatre festival dedicated to performing dramas and
comedies created by Croatian writer Miro Gavran. This year’s festival
will include performances by theatres from Czech Republic, Germanu,
Slovakia and Croatia. In addition to theatre performances, promotions of
books by Miro Gavran in Czech and German will be arranged, there will
be a round table discussion about Gavran’s literary works. It will be
hosted by directors, theatrologists, actors, producers and translators
who worked with Gavran’s texts.
The festival organizers are the LASTAVICA Association from Prague, Theater STUDIO DVA from Prague, and Theatre NA PRADLE, also from Prague. The festival director is Nenad Bojić. The selector and producer of the festival is František Karoch, who has chosen seven plays this year’s festival:
5.4.2018. “George Washington’s Loves”, GavranFest production, Prague, Czech Republic
6.4.2018. “The Doll”, Sensemble theater, Augsburg, Germany
7.4.2018. “Forget About Hollywood”, Theatre GAVRAN, Zagreb, Croatia
“Laughing Prohibited”, Divadlo DIALOG, Plzenj, Czech Republic
8.4.2018. “Animal Doctor”, Theatre GAVRAN, Zagreb, Croatia
“Wanted – A New Husband”, Divadlo GEDUR, Bratislava, Slovakia
9.4.2018. “All About Men”, Divadlo Studio DVA, Prague, Czech Republic
The festival was initiated in 2003 at the Theater of Jan Palarik in Trnava, Slovakia, where it ran four times until 2009 before relocating in 2013 to Theater LUDOWY in Krakow, Poland. As of 2016, GavranFest takes place in Prague, Czech Republic.
Gavran is the only living writer in Europe who has a theater festival dedicated to him, that continuously operates outside his homeland. GavranFest was initiated and developed by Emil Nedielka, the theatre director at Jan Palarik, from Trnava, and Michal Babiak, a theatre director and university professor from Bratislava.
Miro Gavran received Decoration of Honour in Gold for
Services to the Republic of Austria in Austrian Cultural Forum, Zagreb
on March 20th. It was awared to him by Alexander Van der Bellen,
president of Austria and delivered by Andreas Wiedenhoff, ambassador of
the Republic of Austria.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “All About Women” will have its premiere
produced by Theatre GAVRAN on February 21st. Main roles are performed
by talented Croatian actresses Lana Gojak, Kristina Krepela and Mirela
Videk Hranjec and Katarina Arbanas in alternation. This is Gavran’s most
performed play, with premieres all around the world from Buenos Aires,
Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles and New York all the way to Paris, Prague,
Bratislava, Moscow, Mumbai, Warsaw, Krakow, Ljubljana, Sarajevo, Mostar,
Klaipeda, Trnava, Pristina, Novosibirsk, Bangalore… After fifty
premieres and three thousand repetitions with more than seven hundred
thousand viewer it finally returns to Zagreb.
Directed by Mladena Gavran who was one of the actresses in 2000 when it played in Epilog Theatre. Assistant to director is Lovro Krsnik, costumes and make up were done by Iva Simunovic Lisak, scene was designed by Eda Tutic. Music selection and sounds were done by Neven Zebic, lights by Mario Vnucec. Two songs were written by Hana Huljic and one by Ana Vilenica and fencing choreography was done by Jakov Gavran.
Complex structure of this play where each of three actresses performs five roles in five different stories uncovers rich scale of women’s relations. After eighteen years of first premiere of this text, Zagreb’s audience will have an opportunity to enjoy this magic play filled with humour and emotions.
With this play Theatre GAVRAN is giving an opportunity to showcase their talent to young actresses.
Premiere of Miro Gavran’s puppet play for Children – “Doctor
of Animals” was held on Januar 26th. Director, scene and puppets design
was done by Jakov Gavran, music and lyrics by Hana Huljic, dramatist is
Hrvoje Sersic, producer Zorana Vukic and main roles are performed by
Luka Bjelica and Borna Galinovic (alternation: Jakov Gavran).
Contemporary Croatian writer Miro Gavran is the winner of
this year’s prestigious international “Dr Alois Mock Europapreis 2017”
award. As soon as it arrived, the announcement of this year’s selection
was signed by Michael Spindelleger, the president of the “Dr Alois Mock”
Foundation and former Austrian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Foundation.
Alois Mock award has been handed out for fourteen years already to notable individuals who, in the spirit of the European idea of community, have promoted European values and unity through their literary or journalistic work, activities in the public sector, in organizations or in business. Among the previous winners of the award there are some prominent Europeans: Dr Hans Dietrich Genscher, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany; Otto von Habsburg, Member of the European Parliament; Professor Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice of the European Commission, Paul Lendvai, Hungarian-Austrian journalist; Jose Manuel Barroso, former president of the European Commission; Karel Schwarzenberg, former Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roland Dumas, former French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Magdalen Karyar, Slovak actress and diplomat.
Last year’s winner of the award was the Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs and EU Commissioner Dr. Benitta Ferrero Waldner who will, alongside with Miro Gavran, accept her award on 20 December 2017 in Vienna. The award ceremony will take place at the Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria, in the hall that bears Mock’s name.
The works of Miro Gavran have been translated into 40 languages so far and have been published in more than 200 editions in the country and abroad. His dramas were templates for more than 300 theatre premieres around the world, and were seen by more than three million people. He is the most performed contemporary Croatian playwright in the country and abroad in the past quarter-century.
Gavran’s connection with the Austrian cultural space is strong and long-lasting: the prestigious Viennese publisher SEIFERT VERLAG published four of Miro Gavran’s hardback novels: Forgotten Son, Judith, John the Baptist, and Pontius Pilate. In Vienna, over the past twenty years, twelve of his theatre plays were performed. But that is not all, the plot of his plays Maria Theresa’s Longest Day and Dr. Freud’s Patient is set in Vienna, and the plot of his two novels Kafka’s Friend and A Few Birds and One Sky is partly set in Austria. Gavran has had nine theatre premieres in German in Austria and Germany so far.
In his works Miro Gavran often deals with universal themes that cross the borders of Croatia and promote the idea of humanity. His heroes, like the author himself, have a very affirmative attitude towards life. Gavran’s works represent the values of tolerance and humanity on which the western civilization is based. Literary theorists and theatre experts sometimes notice that his artistic creation is permeated by a Central European spirit with typical Croatian local motifs and mindset.
On the occasion of this important event, Gavran said:
“I was really honoured by the news, especially because the award bears the honourable name of the great Austrian statesman, late Dr. Alois Mock, who was highly regarded not only in Austria and the whole Europe, but he was also considered a great friend of Croatia. I am flattered by the fact that I will find myself in the company of prominent people who have already been garlanded with that acknowledgement. This international acknowledgement of my literary and theatrical work will undoubtedly contribute to an even better perception of my texts in Austria and Europe. I am grateful to the Vice-President of the Austrian Society of Croatists Dr. Marijan Brajinović, who, together with a number of distinguished people from our country, proposed me for this significant prize, and I am grateful to everyone from the “Dr. Alois Mock” Foundation for deciding to pick me as this year’s winner. I recently had a chance to have a literary-theatre evening together with my wife Mladena at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Austria, which was hosted by our ambassador Dr. Vesna Cvjetković. On that occasion I had the opportunity to see for myself that an exceptionally rich and well-designed programme was carried out throughout this year that has the motto The Year of Austria – Croatia Culture. I am happy that the award being given to me as a Croatian author will round off this exceptional series of events, which confirmed the strong cultural link between our two countries, in the most beautiful way.”
Premiere of the documentary movie “Miro Gavran”, for which
director and writer is Zdravko Fucek, editor is Filip Karabelj and
compositor is Zrinka Tutic will be held at “Kino Europa” on Wednesday,
November 29th at 7:30PM. Movie was produced by Croatian Radiotelevision.
Miro Gavran is the winner of the Annual Award for the
Promotion of Croatian Culture in the World, awarded by the Croatian
Award ceremony will be held at the Museum of Arts and Crafts at November 27th at 7PM.
WeMove theatre from Bangalore, India will have premiere of
Miro Gavran’s comedy “All About Women” in Kannada langauge on November
Translator and director is Sindhu Hegde while main roles are performed by Sri Priya, Soundarya Nagaraj and Sushma Nanjunda Swami. This premiere will celebrate two Gavran’s jubilee’s: it is 40th language that one of his texts has been translated to and also 50th premiere of his comedy “All About Women” which so far had premieres from North and South America to Europe and Asia.
Third “Flight With Gavran”
Two day literary-theatrical cultural manifestation entirely dedicated to Miro Gavran will be held in Nova Gradiska on November 21st and 22nd. It will be opened with a documentary “Miro Gavran” which was written and directed by Zdravko Fucek and produced by Croatian National Television. Intriguing two day schedule will be enriched by primary school students from Brodsko-posavska county who wrote essays about Miro Gavran. Best works will form a so called small antology. There will also be a promotion of third edition of Miro Gavran’s novel “A Few Birds and One Sky”. Organizers of this manifestation are Nova Gradiska’s city library, “Pucko otvoreno uciliste Matija Antun Relkovic” and Nova Gradiska tourist board while sponsors are Brodsko-posavska county and City of Nova Gradiska.
MOZAIK KNJIGA published third edition of Miro Gavran’s novel
“A Few Birds and One Sky”. Editor is Zoran Maljkovic and front page was
designed by Marija Moric.
Sensemble Theater from Augsburg, Germany had premiere of
Gavran’s comedy “The Doll” on October 28th. Translation into German was
done by Tihomir Glowatzky, director is Sebastian Seidel while main roles
are performed by Kerstin Becki and Heiko Deitz.
100th, gala premiere of Miro Gavran’s play “The Doll”
performed by Theatre GAVRAN was held on October 24th at 8PM. Director
was Mladena Gavran and main roles were perofrmed by Doris Pincic and
Robert Kurbasa. Scene and costumes were designed by Jasmina Pacek, Elvis
Stanic composed music and Mario Vnucec designed lights.
Theatre Prijedor will had premiere of Gavran’s play “All
About Women”, directed by Darko Cvijetic, on October 21st. Main roles
are performed by Mirela Predojevic, Sabina Halilovic and Jelena Seksen.
Magazine Republika, no 9/10, published by Croatian Writers’
Association published Miro Gavran’s comedy “Dream house”. This comedy
was first published in Czech by LASTAVICA from Prague in the book “New
comedies from Croatia”. Throught two acts with 12 characters it paints
contemporary Croatia and recognizable heroes entangled in complex life
Miro Gavran’s book “My Wife’s Husband” will have its
promotion in European library in Rome on Tuesday, 26th September at 6PM.
It is published in Italian by GREMESE publisher from Rome. Promotion
will be held as part of cultural exchange between Zagreb and Rome and as
part of this exchange Ivica Lovric, head of the Department for Cultura,
Education and Sport of the city of Zagreb, will donate 50 books written
by Croatian authors to European library in Rome.
Luca Bergamo, deputy mayor of Rome, Neven Pelicaric, Croatian ambassador to the Holy See, Paollo Fallai, president of library and Tamara Perisic, counsellor at the Embassy of Croatia in Italy will attend this ceremony.
Diego Zandel will talk about contemporary Croatian literature, he will also, together with editor Gianni Gremese, talk to Miro Gavran about his literary and theatrical work. One part of the novel “My Wife’s Husband” will be interpreted by Italian actors Luisa Borini and Alessandro Minati.
Miro Gavran’s short story “Either Wife or Son” was published
by “Vecernji list” daily newspaper on September 9th 2017.
Miro Gavran’s book “Four Plays” was published in English by
ITG Publisher from Zagreb. This book contains plays “The Doll”, “Chekhov
Says Good-Bye to Tolstoy”, “Ice Cream” and “Beer”. Editor is Sinisa
Kovacic and translation into English was done by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak
and Ellen Elias-Bursac.
Performance of Miro Gavran’s play “Forget Hollywood” just won
Best Play Award on the 10th “Theatre under the Mulberry Tree” Festival
in Skradin. Jury made of Mate Gulin, Pero Mioc and Sergej Mioc decided
on which plays deserves “Zlatna Murva” award. It was produced by Theatre
GAVRAN, director is Miroslav Medimorec and actors are Jakov Gavran and
Zeljko Konigsknecht who also was Best Actor award for his part in the
“Forget Hollywood” play.
PARADOX publisher from Sofia published Miro Gavran’s book
“John the Baptist”. Translation into Bulgarian was done by Valentina
Sedefcheva. So far this novel had seven editions in Croatian. It was
also published in Spanish in Buenos Aires, in German in Vienna and in
English on Amazon. It is a story set in 1st century AD, in time of
violent political and religious shift. Heroes of the novel are John the
Baptist, Saloma, Elisha and Bileam, and Jesus Christ himself.
Miro Gavran’s book “How Dad Won Mum” was just published in
its 13th edition by MOZAIK Books publisher. Editor is Zoran Maljković.
In Spring this story was performed in Zar ptica theatre, its theatrical adaptation was done by Ana Prolić and it was directed by Slađana Kilibarda.
4th Days of GAVRAN Theatre on Island of Mali Losinj will
start with performance of play “Couples” on Wednesday, July 26th 2017.
Day after, July 27th there will be performance of play “Forget about
Hollywood”, then “Ice Cream” on August 3rd and “Beer” on August 6th. All
of them will be performed on “Vladimir Nazor” cinema’s summer stage in
Mali Losinj, starting at 21:30.
Folk Theatre Festival of Omis – Cavle 2017’s best actress
award was awarded to Ana Vilenica and Mladena Gavran for their roles in
Miro Gavran’s play “Ice Cream”. Director is Boris Svrtan, scene and
costumes were created by Jasmina Pacek and music selection was done by
Miro Gavran’s “Biblical poems” were published in
international poetry anthology SLOVOPRINOSENJE, published by Slovene
Literature and Arts Academy in Varna, Bulgaria. Editor is Elka Njagolova
and translation into Bulgarian was done by Enerika Bijac.
Miro Gavran’s play “Hanpacked Husbands” will have its
premiere in Theatre VUSHTRRI on June 27th 2017. It is produced by
Faculty of Art, University of Pristina, Kosovo. Director is Marigona
Bekteshi, and actors are Mirsad Ferati, Brahim Basha, Arta Lahu and
Kaltrina Zeleni. Translation into Albanian was done by Ali Avdiu.
Adaptation of Miro Gavran’s novel “How Dad Won Mum” had its
premiere in ZAR PTICA Theatre on May 5th. Adaptation was done by Ana
Prolic and director is Sladana Kilibarda.
Miro Gavran’s novel “A Few Birds and One Sky” was published
in English by ITG publisher from Zagreb. Translated from Croatian by
Alexander D. Hoyt, Copyedited and proofread by Ivan Matkovic, graphic
designer and cover designer: Sinisa Kovacic. Editor is Tomislav Gorsic.
A book of plays “New Comedies and a Few Dramas from Croatia”
was published in Czech by Lastavica publisher from Prague. This book
contains six plays: Greta Garbo’s Secret, A Dream House, Pandora’s Box,
George Washington’s Loves, Couples and It’s Hard to Say Good-bye.
Translators are Frantisek Karoch and Jaroslav Otcenasek.
Not even a week apart, Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have
two new premieres of his plays. Theater Nowy from Polish city of Zabrze
will perform his comedy “Laughing prohibited” on April 22nd. Translation
was done by Anna TuTuszynska, director is Zbigniew Stryj, while main
roles are performed by Dagmara Noszcyk, Joanna Romaniak and Zbigniew
The same comedy will have its premiere by Theatre Dialog from Czech city of Plzenj on April 28th. Translator is František Karoch, director is Jakub Zindulka, while main roles are performed by Lucie Zedničkova, Jaroslav Matejka and Olga Ženiškova.
Main characters of comedy “Laughing Prohibited” are husband, wife and mistress whose destiny intertwines in unusual way and in the end no one knows how to get out of this unusual triangle. This comedy has so far been successfully performed in Croatia, Germany, Russia and Czech Republic.
The seventh GavranFest, the theatre festival dedicated to
performing plays by Miro Gavran, will be held from April 5th to 10th,
2017 in Prague, the Czech Republic. This year’s festival will include
performances by theatres from Bratislava, Prague, Zagreb and Belgrade.
In addition to theatre performances, promotions of books by Miro Gavran
in Czech will be arranged, under the title “New comedies from Croatia
and the occasional drama”, translated by Jaroslava Otčenašek and
František Karoch; there will be a round table discussion at the Prague
Faculty of Philosophy UK, titled “Miro Gavran, the theatre author in a
European and global context”, which will be hosted by theatrologists
from Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Croatia; Miro Gavran will
hold a literary meeting to present his new novel, “A Few Birds and One
Sky”; and the festival will host the ceremonial 500th performance of the
Gavran comedy “All About Men”, which has already been running for nine
years in Prague. The festival organizers are the LASTAVICA Association
from Prague, Theater STUDIO DVA from Prague, and PALACE Theater, also
from Prague. The festival director is Nenad Bojić. The selector and
producer of the festival is František Karoch, who has chosen six plays
from five theatres, for this year’s festival:
5.4.2017. “All About Women”, Theater DIVA, Bratislava
6.4.2017. “All About Men”, 500th gala performance, Theater STUDIO DVA, Prague
7.4.2017. “Chekhov Says Good-Bye to Tolstoy”, Company 3D, Prague
8.4.2017. “It’s hard to say goodbye” ,Theater VIHOR, Belgrade (with subtitles in Czech)
9.4.2017. “Beer”, Gavran Theater, Zagreb (with subtitles in Czech)
10.4.2017. “Ice Cream” ,Gavran Theater, Zagreb (with subtitles in Czech)
GavranFest is a theatre festival dedicated to performing dramas and comedies created by Croatian writer Miro Gavran.
The festival was initiated in 2003 at the Theater of Jan Palarik in Trnava, Slovakia, where it ran four times until 2009 before relocating in 2013 to Theater LUDOWY in Krakow, Poland. As of 2016, GavranFest takes place in Prague, Czech Republic.
Gavran is the only living writer in Europe who has a theater festival dedicated to him, that continuously operates outside his homeland. GavranFest was initiated and developed by Emil Nedielka, the theatre director at Jan Palarik, from Trnava, and Michal Babiak, a theatre director and university professor from Bratislava.
Renowned publishing house Kindabungeisha from Tokyo published
Miro Gavran’s novel “Forgotten Son” in Japanese. Translation was done
by Ikuko Yamamoto.
This novel had nine editions in Croatian and it was translated into German, Slovenian, English and Spanish. It was selected for The IBBY Honour List in Switzerland in 2002 as a novel with artistically convincing human message.
This is emotional and warm story written in form of a journal. Mislav is twenty years old and he is mentally challenged. After sixteen years living in a school for mentally challenged kids in capital he returns to his village and his family. His younger brother and sister, as well as neighbors, didn’t even know he existed so he is surrounded by new surroundings and new relationships. He has difficulty accepting his environment but once he meets a girl named Jasenka he will encounter a new emotion – adolescent love.
Miro Gavran’s work has been translated into 38 languages and it was published all around the world – from Ljubljana, Vienna, Paris, Oslo, Prague, Bratislava, Krakov and Sofia all the way to Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Petrograd, Peking, Cairo, Istanbul…
Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s Friend” was just published in its second edition by “Mozak knjiga” publisher.
This novel brings strong emotional story about two writers – (Franz Kafka and Max Brod) and women who affected their lives. Story is situated in Prague between 1903 and 1924 and Tel Aviv in 1953. Both critics and readers in Croatia and abroad loved this novel for which author received an award from Croatian Academy for Science and Art in 2012. So far it was translated into Dutch, Czech, Slovakian, English and Albanain and into French and Esperanto in parts.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Forgotten Son” was just published in Croatian in its 9th edition by “Mozaik knjiga” publisher.
This is emotional and warm story written in form of a journal. Mislav is twenty years old and he is mentally challenged. After sixteen years living in a school for mentally challenged kids in capital he returns to his village and his family. His younger brother and sister, as well as neighbors, didn’t even know he existed so he is surrounded by new surroundings and new relationships. He has difficulty accepting his environment but once he meets a girl named Jasenka he will encounter a new emotion – adolescent love.
Novel was published in German, Slovenian, Spanish and English and soon it will be published in Japanese and Chinese. It was selected for The IBBY Honour List in Switzerland in 2002 as a novel with artistically convincing human message.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Judith” just got published in Croatian in its 10th edition by “Mozaik knjiga” publisher.
Even though in this novel Miro Gavran tells a well know story from Bible about widower who saves her people from powerful conqueror this time it is also a touching love story. Judith from Gavran’s novel is a women full of emotion and need for love which brings this novel to a level of finely told story.
Since it’s first edition it was translated into 12 languages and became one of the most translated works of a Croatian author in the world.
Miro Gavran received “Didak” muniment for his work in culture on February 22nd in Croatian National Theatre.
Award ceremony was held on gala academy in honor of 100th anniversary of Fra Didak Buntic’s action of saving starving children. This great humanitarian, educator and priest is also main hero of Gavran’s latest novel “A Few Birds And One Sky”.
Premiere of musicle “Byron” for which Miro Gavran wrote
libretto will be on February 24th, 2017 in The Comedy Theatre of Zagreb,
The story takes place in 1820 in Venice – in the heart of the story are two sisters in love with the same man, an English romantic, the poet Lord George Gordon Byron. Sisters Maria and Brigitte are Austrian, and their father is a general sent as a military commander to Venice, which was awarded the Austrian crown following the Napoleonic Wars. Venetians rebel against the imposed masters, and their rebellion is supported by Byron himself, making his emotional love story unfold against a background of strong social and political turmoil. Through this dynamic story full of unexpected twists, a dozen sympathetic heroes will be revealed to be involved in a complex of love’s and life’ unexpected pitfalls.
In a time averse to emotions, our heroes will experience the strongest sublime love, leading them into both dramatic and comical situations. The universal story of romantic and sensuous 19th century Venice, which reflects Europe with heroes of different nations, embraced by powerful and noble music, masterful directing and luxurious orchestration, will take us towards the unforgettable magic of theater.
Composer: Darko Domitrović
Librettist: Miro Gavran
Arranged by: Ante Gelo
Dramatization and adaptation: Vlado Štefančić
Director: Ivana Čoh Šverko
Conductor: Dinko Appelt
Scenographer: Stefano Katunar
Costume design: Elvira Ulip and Iva Šimunovic
Choreographer: Bojan Valentić
Lighting Design: Aleksandar Mondecar
Lord Byron, English poet: Ðani Stipaničev / Dražen Bratulić
BRIGITTE, older, married daughter of the Austrian General: Sandra Bagarić/ Vlatko Burić Dujmović
MARIA, younger, unmarried daughter of the Austrian General: Renata Sabljak, Danijela Pintarić
GITA (Leonessa da Venezia), temptress from Venice: Nina Kaić Madić / Biba Novak / Mateja Majerle
FLETCHER, Byron’s butler: Drazen Čuček / Ronald Žlabur
GENERAL General of the Austrian army: Adalbert Turner / Ervin Baučić
LUCRETIA, the owner of the hotel “Cupid”: Mila Elegović / Jasna Bilušić
MONIKA, a waitress at “Cupid”: Aleta Arbanas, Biba Novak
GIULIO, director of the Italian police: Nedim Prohić
TONI, Italian policeman: Ivan Magud
LUIGI, Italian policeman: Adnan Prohić
CLAUDIO, a member of the Italian Carbonara: Dragan Peka
PIETRO, a member of the Italian Carbonari: Boris Barberić
FLAVIO, a member of the Italian Carbonari: Matija Škvorc
Priest in the Armenian monastery: Nedim Prohić
Gondolier: Dario Došlić, Dragan Peka, Boris Barberić, Matija Škvorc
Orchestra, Choir and Ballet Theatre Comedy
Stage manager: Zlatko Kelnerić
Prompter: Dorotea Krivec
Croatian daily newspapers “Vecernji list” published Miro
Gavran’s short story “Get out of the house” on February 11th.
Premiere of Miro Gavran’s comedy “My Wife’s Husband” in
National Theatre Habima in Tel Aviv, Israel in Hebrew will be on
3.2.2017. Director is Roy Segev, main roles are performed by Ami
Smolarchik, Pini Kidron and Shiffi Aloni, scene designer is Zeev Levi,
costume designer is Aviah Bash, compositor Ben Nun and light design was
done by Yogev Mazuz.
This Gavran’s comedy so far had 25 theatrical premieres all around the world – from Moscow to Los Angeles and in some theaters it was performed for ten years. It is a story about two men who live married to the same woman for five years not even knowing about each other. Plot starts when one of them founds out that his wife is married to another man.
Miro Gavran’s work has been translated into 38 languages and his plays were seen by more than three million viewers.
Esteemed Spanish literary portal Crear En Salamanca, whose
editor is Jose Amador Martin published Miro Gavran’s poem “Croatia
1991”. Translation into Spanish was done By Zeljka Lovrencic. Along with
the poem there are author’s extensive biography and foto materials of
author’s published books in Croatia and abroad.
Miro Gavran is main focus of recently published magazine THE
BRIDGE (no 3-4, 2016., published by Croatian Writers’ Association).
Editor in chief is Davor Salat and it contains three Gavran’s texts
translated into Spanish by Zeljka Lovrencic (Couples, excerpt from novel
Judith and “Croatia 1991” poem). Along with his texts magazine contains
Gavran’s biography, essay written by Zeljka Lovrencic about translating
and reception of Gavran’s texts and interview with author which was led
by Marko Gregur.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “Wanted – A New Husband” had it’s
premiere on January 21st in Kerempuh Satirical Theatre. Director is
Zeljko Konigsknecht who is also performing one of three characters and
his partners are Anita Matic Delic and Damir Poljicak. Scene was done by
Nina Mia Cikes, costumes by Tanja Rodd while music was composed by
MOZAIK KNJIGA published second edition of Miro Gavran’s novel
“A Few Birds and One Sky” only three months after its first edition.
Novel tells a story about Brother Didak Buntic who started a rescue
mission for starving children in 1917 and took them to Slavonija and
Srijem by train.
This Gavran’s novel was very well received by readers and critics. Editor is Zoran Maljkovic and front page was designed by Marija Moric.
Miro Gavran’s play “Forget Hollywood” will have its premiere
in Lisinski Concert Hall on Friday, January 23rd. Director is Miroslav
Medimorac, actors are Željkom Konigsknechtom and Jakovom Gavranom, and
it is done in Theater GAVRAN production.
During last two decades “Forget Hollywood” had premieres from Croatia, Austria, Slovakia all the way to India, always encountered warmly by audience and critics. Main characters of this play are professional actor and professor of acting, and young amateur who has been trying to get into theater academy for years without success. Encounter of mentor and student, thanks to differences in their characters, will result in dramatic in comical conflicts that will unmas both of them and acting profession with a lot of humor.
Scene and costumes were done by Jasmina Pacek, music selection and sounds were made by Neven Zebic while Mario Vnucec designed the lights.
Miro Gavran’s monodrama “Hotel Babylon” will have its
premiere in renowned Theatre KWADRAT in Warsaw. Play was translated into
Polish by Anna Tuszynka, director is Pawel Szumiec while all eleven
roles are performed by famous polish actress Aldona Jankowska.
This play has been perofmed by Theatre Ludowy in Krakow since 2011.
First premiere of Miro Gavran’s “Creon’s Antigone” – 33 years ago
On this day, 33 years ago, as then 22-year-old, Miro Gavran had his first premiere – “Creon’s Antigone” in Zagreb’s theater “Gavella”, directed by Damir Madaric, performed by Anja Sovagovic (Antigona) and Drago Mestrovic (Creon). Play which talks about frightening subtle political manipulation was well received by audience and critics as a true theatrical refreshment. During last three decades this text had numerous premieres in Croatia but also abroad: Maribor, Rotterdam, Sofia, Paris, Avignon, Podgorica, Budapest, Zenica, Celje, Brugge…
33 years ago Dalibor Foretic wrote: “Maybe this rebellion won’t take down the world but it might as well happen that it stirs up some theatrical parameters”. Nikola Batusic noticed: “Miro Gavran showed how there is new dramaturgic level of communication even in ancient themes to be discovered” while Dubravka Vrgoc noted: “Creon’s Antigone by Miro Gavran failed Sophocles and Anoul and all other Antigonas. Influence of well known writers isn’t obvious in this text, it is negligible. Gavran managed to distance himself from their sentences, ideas and messages. He dared to freely interpret myth and turn it around with great imagination.”
Premiere of Miro Gavran’s comedy “Laughing Prohibited” in Moscow
Miro Gavran’s comedy “Laughing Prohibited” will have its premiere in Theatre Millenium, Moscow on December 22nd. Translation into Russian was done by Sergej Girin, director is Ustjugov Vladimir, while main roles are performed by Stanislav Sadaljskij, Tatjana Vasiljeva, Galina Danilova and Olesa Železnak.
This comedy premiered in Croatia, Germany, Russia and Czech Republic. It is a story about unusual marital triangle in which wife and mistress decide to outplay adulterous husband. Miro Gavran’s work has been translated into 38 languages, his theatrical texts had more than 300 premieres and his plays had more than three million viewers all around the world.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “My Wife’s Husband” had its premiere in
Polish city of Katowice. Translation was done by Anna Tuszynska,
production was done by Formacja Artystyczna “Kandyd 2”, director is
Henryk Adamek while main roles are performed by Dariusz Niebudek and
Miro Gavran became member of Slovene Literature and Arts
Academy whose president is Bulgarian writer Elka Nyagalova. Academy’s
residence is Varna – biggest Bulgarian city on Black Sea, one of the
oldest European cities. Gavran so far had seven premieres in Bulgaria
and four of his books were published in Sofia. Additionally his work has
been translated into almost all Slavic languages – Russian, Czech,
Slovak, Ukrainian, Polish, Slovenian, Macedonian, Luzicka-serbian…
Journal Phantom of Liberty, no 2-3, 2016 published first
twelve chapters of Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s friend” translated into
French by Yves-Alexander Tripković. Journal which was published by
DURIEUX from Zagreb and THEATROOM from Paris in French is devoted to
contemporary Croatian literature.
This Gavran’s novel was so far published as a book in Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Dutch and English and in fragments in Esperanto in journal.
Premiere of play “Couples” by Theater GAVRAN on Sunday, November 27th
Miro Gavran’s play “Couples”, produced by Theatre GAVRAN will have it’s Croatian premiere in Lisinski Concert Hall on November 27th. Director is Robert Raponja, scene and costumes were done by Jasmina Pacek and actors are Ana Vilenica, Mladena Gavran, Ivan Glowatzky, Ivica Jončić, Jakov Gavran i Sara Moser. Choice of music and sounds were made by Neven Zebic, stage movement by Sanela Jankovic Marusic, light design by Mario Vnucec and make up by Zdenka Mihelj.
This is so far the most ambitious play done by Theater GAVRAN in last fourteen years. Six great actors are in attractive contemporary stories that concern all of us. Masterful dialogues and striking characters will make someone laugh, someone cry but no one will stay indifferent.
This text so far had premieres in Lithuania and Macedonia. It consists of six stories that mutually intertwine and each actor plays four roles. We will see twenty four characters in different aspects of male – female relationships – Gavran’s favorite subject.
Second “Flight With Gavran”
Literary-theatrical manifestation “Flight With Gavran” which is entirely dedicated to Mr. Miro Gavran will be held in Nova Gradiska on November 16th and 17th. Mr. Gavran was born in Trnava village not far from Nova Gradiska in which he attended high school and life in Slavonia is often thematised in his works. Goal of this manifestation is to study and popularize Gavran’s work which has so far been translated into 38 languages and his dramas and comedies had more than 300 premieres all around the world and they were seen by more than 3 million viewers.
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Men” will have it’s premiere in
Tallinn, capital of Estonia in Vana Baskini Theatre on November 11th.
Director is Eero Spriit, while main roles are performed by Janek
Sarapson, Tarvo Krall and Raivo Mets. Translation into Estonian was made
by Hendrik Lindepuu.
In this Gavran’s play three actors play five roles each in stories that mutually intertwine and in which author thematises male-female relationships and male friendships in modern time.
First premiere of this play was in Trnava, Slovakia in 2006 and so far it had 16 premieres in theaters from Rio de Janeiro to Zagreb, Moscow, Prague and Krakow. It was translated into ten languages which helped promote this Croatian writer whose work was translated into 38 languages and whose plays had more than 300 premieres and 3 million viewers all around the world.
Miro Gavran’s new novel “A Few Birds and One Sky” was just
published by “Mozaik knjiga” publisher from Zagreb, Croatia. The editor
is Zoran Maljkovic.
Summary: A train leaves the station in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina back in 1917; another departs Nova Gradiska in Croatia in 1987 – the fate of the heroes in them are related in an unusual way. We follow a double love story and the dramatic events in Herzegovina during World War I, when Brother Didak Buntić started a rescue mission for starving children. Parallel to this, we get to know a young man whose life begins to fall apart in the 1980s and ’90s, when his dreams and reality intertwine. Before you is a story of deep suspicion and true faith that will not leave you indifferent. The story is set in the Austrian city of Innsbruck; the Croatian cities of Zagreb, Vinkovci and Nova Gradiska; and in the Bosnian–Herzegovinian towns of Medjugorje, Mostar and Sarajevo.
Perhaps this novel will also answer the question of why Miro Gavran, whose work has been published in 38 languages, is the most translated Croatian writer to date. The seductive quality of his ascetic storytelling knows no redundancies and is not ashamed of powerful emotion.
University of Bamberg Press from Bamberg, Germany just
published Gavran’s book of theatrical texts “Ice Cream – Beer” which
contains two exceptionally popular Gavran’s plays – “Ice Cream” and
“Beer”. While first one thematises mother-daughter relationship through
sixty years, second one thematises father-son relationship during same
period. Both of these plays were translated into German by Tihomir
Glowatzky, university professor from Bamberg who has been teaching
German grammar for years. Editor is Hans-Peter Ecker. The book also
contains theatrological and critical reviews by Sanja Nikcevic, Zdenka
Derd, Mira Muhoberac, Tomislav Kurelec, Drazen Stojanovic and Igor
So far Miro Gavran had seven theater premieres in Germany and Austria and four of his novels were published in German.
“Drame i komedije IV” – a book of plays which contains Miro
Gavran’s plays “The Doll”, “Beer”, “Ice Cream”, “Dr. Freud’s Patient”
and “Henpecked Husbands” was published by Jan Jankovic Publisher in
Bratislava, Slovakia. All of these plays were translated into Slovak by
Jan Jankovic, PhD. There is no doubt that it’s hard to find such example
where a playwright has had four books of plays published in another
country and all of them translated by the same person. All of this
started sixteen years ago when Jankovic published first book of Gavran’s
plays. Soon after author became the most performed foreign playwright
in Slovakia. Jan Palarika Theatre from Trnava organized first four
Gavranfests – theater festival on which Miro Gavran’s plays are
Premiere of musical “The Patients” where Miro Gavran is
author of the libretto will be held in Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall
on October 4th.
Doctor Lovro is director of private psychiatric clinic and he knows that music is best way to treat his patients.
Valentina, a famous musician who got fed up with popularity and left cruel world of showbiz to live on deserted island. She will come to help dr. Lovro by composing music for his patients. They will together start treating a colorful crowd of patients.
This perfect setting is ruined by Valentina’s ex manager Robert who comes to clinic to make a “crazy” good deal.
Valentina and dr. Lovro fall in love, patients dream about becoming famous musicians and producer Robert is willing to help them get there.
Who will win – music or dark side of show business?
Music by: Tonci Huljic
Author of the libretto: Miro Gavran
Lyrics by: Vjekoslava Huljic
Director: Igor Barberic
Dramaturge : Igor Weidlich
Music director: Filip Gjud
Production designer: Marta Crnobrnja
Costume designer: Slavica Motusic
Executive producer: Tadija Kolovrat
Actors: Hana Hegedušić (VALENTINA), Damir Kedžo (ROBERT), Hrvoje Foretić (LOVRO), Elena Brumini (MANDA), Sanja Crljen (ENA), Vesna Ravenšćak (NEDA), Zrinka Kušević (IVA), Jassna Luna Jozic (IRMA), Ivan Čuić (TONI), Fabijan Pavao Medvešek (IGOR).
Rest of the ensemble: Vedran Roljić, Stjepan Lach, Nikša Ovčina, Davor Lovrinić, Matej Mudrovčić, Bruna Oberan, Aleta Arbanas, Doris Teur, Manuela Svorcan, Gordana Marković, Dino Antonić
Miro Gavran’s play “Chekhov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy” will be
premiered on September 26th, 2016 in famous Zizkovske divadlo Jary
Cimrman in production of Prague Theatre 3D. Translation into Czech was
done by Dagmar Ruljancic.
Director is Jakub Smid, dramatist Kristyna Cepkova, scene and costumes were done by Petra Krcmarova while the main roles are performed by Tomas Kobr, Diana Soltysova, Jiri Bohm and Natalie Rehorova.
This play talks about conflict between young writer Chekhov and his wife Olga with older writer Tolstoy and his wife Sofia. It is fourteenth premiere of this Gavran’s piece which had its first premiere in Zagreb’s Theatre &TD in 1990.
Miro Gavran’s play “Ice Cream” will be premiered on September
28th in Youth Theatre Novi Sad in production of master students of
acting from Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. Director is Ivana Janosev,
mentor Jasna Djuricic while the main roles are performed by Kristina
Savkov and Bojana Milanovic.
Miro Gavran’s play “The Doll” will have its premiere in
Copenhagen, Denmark in theatre BADTHEATRET in cooproduction with Theatre
TESPIS in Danish language on August 24th.
Director is Erik K. Ebert while main roles are performed by Cille Elite and Elvir Ramovic who also translated this play into Danish.
So far this Gavran’s play had ten premieres from USA (where it had it’s first premiere in New York) to Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, India and Czech Republic.
Order of Duke Branimir with neckband was awarded to Mr. Miro
Gavran by president of Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar – Kitarovic
for outstanding service in promoting the international status and
reputation of the Croatian state and its relations with other countries.
This news is published in today’s article in Vecernji List, written by Branimir Pofuk noting that along with Mr. Gavran this significant award was also awarded to three other prominent cultural workers: Ivo Pogorelic, pianist, Nikola Basic, architect and Miljenko Domljan, conservator.
Third “Days of Theater GAVRAN” on island of Mali Losinj will be held during July and August.
Festival will start with Miro Gavran’s play “Forget Hollywood” on July 27th. This play had premieres from Croatia, Austria, Slovakia all they way to India and was always received warmly by audience and critics. Main characters of this unusual story are professional actor and professor at academy of arts and young theatrical amateur which is trying to pass entrance exam for academy for years.
Director is Miroslav Medimorec, actors are Zeljko Konigsknecht and Jakov Gavran.
Comedy “Beer” will be performed for the fiftieth time during this festival, on August 3rd. Director is Helena Buljan and actors are Zlatko Ozbolt and Jakov Gavran. It is a warm and humorous story about relationship between father and son during sixty years.
Comedy “Ice Cream”, directed by Boris Svrtan, performed by Ana Vilenica and Mladena Gavran will be performed on August 17th. This is a play that describes complicated relationship between mother and daughter through sixty years.
Finally, one more performance of “Forget Hollywood” on August 24th will close the festival.
All performances will be held on summer stage of movie theater “Vladimir Nazor” in Mali Losinj.
Miro Gavran’s short story “Wrong Apartment” was just
published in Esperanto, translated by Zdravko Selesa in Swiss magazine
“Literatura Forio” published by “LF Kooperativa” from city of La
Cultural society FISHTA had premiere of Miro Gavran’s comedy
“Dr. Freud’s Patient” in Albanian on June 11th, 2016. Director is Tea
Begovska, scene designer Luan Zneki while main roles are performed by
Berat Salija (Adolf Hitler), Argjend Hasani (dr. Freud) and Elmedina
Miro Gavran’s play “George Washington’s Loves” will have its
premiere in theater Dobrica Milutinovic from Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia
on Thursday, June 16th. Director is Lilijana Ivanovic, production
designer is Nikola Nikolic, costume designer is Biljana Krstic while
main roles are performed by Dusanka Anojcic and Jelena Jankovic. This
emotional drama so far had over thirty premieres all around the world.
It is a story about encounter of wife and mistress of first American
president only a month after his death.
Promotion of Miro Gavran’s book “Funny dramas and serious
comedies” was held at the Warsaw book fair on scene A on Saturday, May
21st at 3PM. Translation of all five plays into Polish was done by Anna
Tuszynska, afterword was written by Dr. Sanja Nikcevic and promoter is
Dr. Magdalena Dyras. Organizer of this promotion is Croatian Embassy in
Poland, which was represented by ambassador Andrea Bekic, and Ministry
of culture of Republic of Croatia which was represented by Dubravka
Duric Nemec. Excerpts from Gavran’s play “All About Men” which is
currently on repertoire of Theater Kamienica from Warsaw were performed
by Polish actors Michal Lesien – Glowacki, Arkadiusz Janiczek and
Norbert Kaczorowski. After that Miro Gavran talked about his theatrical
texts. Miro Gavran had 22 premieres on Polish stages and at this moment
there are ten of his plays alive all around theaters in Warsaw, Krakow,
Lod, Elblang and Scecin.
Miro Gavran’s novel “A Summer to Remember” won valued Mato
Lovrak award for best children’s novel in Croatia in 2015. Award
ceremony was held in Veliki Grdevec, birthplace of Mato Lovrak on May
20th. Since Mr. Gavran is currently at International book fair in Warsaw
his wife, Mladena Gavran, received award on his behalf.
Twenty two years ago Miro Gavran received this same award for his novel “Happy Days” which has been on a school reading list for fifth graders for last ten years.
The sixth GavranFest, a unique theater festival in Europe
dedicated to a living dramatist, outside his country of birth, will be
held April 4th to 8th, in Prague in the Czech Republic. The plays to be
performed are the results of texts written by Croatian author Miro
Gavran. The festival was launched in 2003 in the city of Trnava at the
Slovakian Theatre JANA PALARIKA, which hosted four editions, until 2013
when it was moved to the LUDOWY Theatre in Krakow, Poland, while as of
this year it will be held in Prague, Czech Republic. The festival
organizers are the famous JÁRA CIMRMAN Theater in Žižkov, the LASTAVICA
Association, and the Troníček Theater Club, all from Prague. The
selector and producer of the festival, František Karoch, has chosen
seven performances from five theaters, for this year’s festival.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS for the sixth GavranFest of 2016 in Prague, Czech Republic:
Day 1: April 4th, Monday, Prague, JÁRA CIMRMAN Theater from Žižkov
-18.00h friendly meeting and socializing between author Miro Gavran and his translators, Jaroslav Otčenášek and František Karoch, and reporters.
-19h Opening ceremony of the festival
-19,15h “HOTEL BABYLON”, Gavran Theater, Zagreb
-21h “THE DOLL”, Dvorni Divadlo, Hlohovec
Day 2: April 5th, Tuesday, Prague, JÁRA CIMRMAN Theater from Žižkov
-18,30h Promotion of Gavran’s books in Czech, “Kafka’s friend” and “Six Croatian Comedies”
Speakers: translators Jaroslav Otčenášek and František Karoch, and author Miro Gavran
-19,00h “ICE CREAM”, Gavran Theater, Zagreb
Day 3: April 6th, Wednesday, Prague, JÁRA CIMRMAN Theater from Žižkov
-19h “No Laughing Allowed”, Theater 3D, Prague
Day 4: April 7th, Thursday, Pribram, A. Dvorak Theater
-19h “All About Women”, a ceremonial premiere, A. Dvorak Theater, Pribram
Day 5: April 8th, Friday, Prague, Troníček Theater
-17h “Night of the Gods”, Komorni Činohra, Prague
-18,30h “Dr. Freud’s Patient,” Komorni Činohra, Prague
-20h Closing ceremony
Miro Gavran’s comedy “Henpecked Husbands” will have its
premiere in popular theater Domino in Vilnius, Lithuania on March 10th.
Director is Kostas Smoriginas, main roles are performed by Edita Užaite,
Ineta Stasiulyte, Eimutis Kvoščiauskas, Mantas Vaitiekunas, Andrius
Bialobžeskis, Evaldas Jaras and Sandra Daukšaite-Petrulene.
In this unusual comedy, the plot develops when a middle-aged woman, now married to her second husband, experiences the return from jail of her first. He has unexpectedly been released from jail, because it has been proven that he was innocent all the time. Since he has nowhere to live, the man starts to live in his ex-wife’s flat with his former wife and her second husband. Naturally enough, this situation leads to all sorts of conflicts and various trials and tribulations.
Three years ago this play was adapted into movie “How to Steal a Wife” directed by Donatas Ulvydas. It became authentic cinema hit and was seen by more than one hundred thousand viewers in first month. At beginning of last year two theaters from Moscow premiered this play within a few days of each other. First premiere of “Henpecked Husbands” was in 2008 by Theater GAVRAN, directed by Nina Kleflin.
Premiere of Miro Gavran’s play “Wanted – A New Husband” in
Drama Theater Lovec from city of Lovech, Bulgaria will be on Saturday,
Feb 20th. Translation into Bulgarian was done by Aleksandra Liven,
director is Valentin Tanev while main roles are performed by Albena
Koleva, Toncho Tokmakchiev and Valentin Tanev.
Promotion of Miro Gavran’s novel “Pontius Pilate” in Slovak
which was published by renowned “Perfekt” publisher from Bratislava will
be held in bookshop “Panta Rhei” on Wednesday, January 20th at 5pm.
Dado Nagy, translator Alica Kulihova and author will speak during
On this occasion Miro Gavran will receive the Medal of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic as a recognition of author’s long term engagement in the field of Slovak-Croatian theater and literary cooperation. On behalf of the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic Mr. Miroslav Lajcak award will be handed by Mrs. Jana Tomkova, Director of department of cultural diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. Promotion and award ceremony will also be attended by Mr. Jaksa Muljacic, Croatian ambassador in Slovak Republic.
Miro Gavran is extremely popular and appreciated in Slovak Republic where he has had over twenty premieres and six books published. Theater Jan Palarik from the city of Trnava started up theater festival Gavranfest on which only plays written by Mr. Gavran are performed in 2003. It is probably unique instance in Europe and the world that one author who is still alive has a theater festival outside of his country of birth.
The novel “Pontius Pilate” so far had five editions in Croatian and it was also published in German in Vienna, Slovak in Bratislava, Serbian, in Cyrillic in Belgrade and it is available in English as ebook on Amazon. In the novel author chooses a hero from New Testament – Pontius Pilate who is best known for ordering crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Pilate’s childhood, his youth, encounter with Jesus Christ but also what happened with Pilate ten years after Jesus’s death is described in the novel.
Miro Gavran’s work has been translated into 38 languages and his books had over 200 editions in Croatia and the world. Gavran’s plays and comedies had over 300 first nights in Croatia and the world so one might say that Miro Gavran is convincingly the most translated contemporary Croatian writer.
Croatian writer Miro Gavran has been nominated for the 2016
Hans Christian Andersen Award, the most significant prize for children’s
literature in the world. The Croatian Centre for Children’s Books will
hold a press conference on January 12th at 11am, to present the news to
This year, the IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), based in Basel, Switzerland, and adhering to strict rules and procedures, accepted nominations from around the world for 28 authors and 29 illustrators. Davorka Bastić, Ranka Javor, Diana Zalar, and the author himself, will speak about his nomination. This prize has been awarded every two years to authors since 1956, and to illustrators since 1966.
Gavran has published ten books for children and teenagers, eagerly read by young and old alike: “How Dad Won Mum”, “Try to Forget”, “All Sorts Of Things In My Head”, “Head Over Heels”, “Happy Days”, “The Teacher Of My Dreams”, “A Summer To Remember” …
This coming week, Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have three theatrical premieres in three countries:
Gavran’s drama “Ice Cream,” will premiere December 6th at the National Maribor Center in Maribor in co-production with the NOVI ZATO Theater from Ptuj. The production was translated into Slovenian and directed by Samo M. Strelec, and will star Ljubljana actresses Zvezdana Mlakar and Iva Krajnc.
Gavran’s drama “It’s Hard To Say Goodbye,” will premiere December 6th in The Serbian Royal Theater in Kragujevac, and is produced by the Belgrade Theater VIHOR. The play is performed by young Belgrade actors Nevena Ristić, Ivan Mihailović, and Nina Janković, and is directed by Marija Lopkovski.
Gavran’s drama “All About Men” will premiere December 11th at the famous KAMIENICA THEATER in Warsaw. Translation into Polish was done by Anna Tuszynska, while the director is Bartolomiej Wyszomirski. The main roles are performed by Michal Lesien-Glowacki, Arkadiusz Janiczek, and Marcin Kwasny.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s friend” was just published by
publishing house “OM” from Pristina, Kosovo. Translation into Albanian
was done by Ben Apolloni and editor is Xhemajl Avdyli.
This novel first came out in Croatian in 2011 published by “Mozaik knjiga” from Zagreb and after that it was translated into Czech, English, Dutch, Slovak and in parts in Esperanto. Author got Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts award for it in 2012. Main characters are writers Franz Kafka and Max Brod and women that defined their destinies.
European federation of tourist reporters made decision to
award international tourist award POVELJA F.E.S.T. 2015 to Croatian
writer Miro Gavran for his integral and exceptional contribution to
cultural tourism. Award ceremony will be held in hotel President hotel
in Solin on November 13th under the patronage of the president of the
Croatian Parliament Josip Leko and president of the Republic of Croatia
Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
12th edition of Miro Gavran’s novel “Head Over Heels in Love”
was just published by Mozak Knjiga. Editor is Zoran Maljkovic while
illustrator is Niko Barun. This popular novel with a lot of emotion and
humor talks about love between ten-year-old boy and ten-year-old girl.
Miro Gavran’s new children’s novel, “A Summer to Remember,”
has just been published by Mozaik Knjiga. The editor is Zoran Maljković,
while the cover page and illustrations were designed by Niko Barun.
With this novel, the author faces the audience after a nine-year-long
break from writing for children since his last exceptionally popular
novel, “The Teacher of My Dreams.”
The hero of Gavran’s new novel is twelve-year-old Ivo, who doesn’t have a “girlfriend.” His grandfather is a widower, and lives alone for years, devoting all his free time to his youngest grandson. What will happen when the grandfather falls in love with an attractive lady from Australia, and her granddaughter Hana soon enters the picture? – A double love story we could only have seen in the old romantic movies. At times, it will move you, and at others, make you laugh. It’s a romance novel you’ve not had in your hands until now, for all boys and girls, and their grandparents, too!
Miro Gavran’s novel Pontius Pilate was just published in
Slovak by “Perfekt” publishing house from Bratislava, Slovakia.
Translation was done by Alica Kulihova and editor is Magdalena Gocnikova. Main character is Pontius Pilate, author follows him through his life from early childhood all the way to the moment he decided to crucify Jesus Christ and talks a little bit about what happened to him 10 years after that. Novel had five editions in Croatian and was published in Vienna in German, Belgrade in Serbian in Cyrillic and is available on Amazon as ebook in English.
Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have premiere of his play
“All About Women” in famous Russian theater “Et Cetera” from Moscow
which was founded by actor Alexandar Kalyagin in 1992. He is still its
artistic director. Director of Gavran’s play is young and talented
Viktorija Pecernikova, best student of the faculty GITIS and prizewinner
of Efros Scholarship. At one point Efros and Kalyagin made a name for
themselves in Theatre “Teatru na Taganjki”.
Gavran’s play was translated into Russian by Sergej Girin. Scene and costume designer is Asya Skorik, composer is Natalija Ruchina while choreographer is Eugene Milyaeva. Actors are Angela Belian Skaya, Natalija Zhitkova, Olga Belova, Elizabeta Ryzhikh, Katarina Buylova and Anastasia Kormilitsyana.
Gavran’s play “All About Women” had 41 premieres in Europe, North and South America and India so far.
Miro Gavran’s plays were translated into 38 languages, there have been 300 world premieres and more then 3 million people around the world saw them.
As part of literaty event “Flight with Gavran” international
professional symposium “Miro Gavran – prosaist and playwright” will be
held in Nova Gradiska on October 23rd and 24th. During symposium
prominent theatrologists and literary theorists from Croatia, Russia and
Slovakia will analyze Miro Gavran’s literary opus. Their seminars from
this event will be published in anthology that will be edited by
Julijana Matanovic, PhD and Ana Lederer, PhD -expert coordinators of
this simposium and Biljana Dakic, prof. – coordinator of this project in
Sponsors are: Croatian Ministry of Culture, City of Nova Gradiska and Brodsko-posavska County.
Organizer is City Library of Nova Gradiska with co-organizers POU M.A.Relkovic Nova Gradiska, Matica Hrvatska – Nova Gradiska branch, Nova Gradiska High School and Nova Gradiska Tourist Board.
As part of symposium Theater GAVRAN will perform monocomedy “Hotel Babylon” written by Miro Gavran, directed by Aida Bukvic on October 23rd. All 11 roles are performed by Mladena Gavran and this will be 240th repetition of this play that won multiple awards.
Promotion of recently published book of theatrical texts written by Miro Gavran – “Tears and Laughter: bitter melodramas”, 8th edition of his novel “Forgotten Son” and 6th edition of “How We Broke Our Legs” will be held on second day, October 24th. These books were published by Mosaic Books publisher. During this event Julijana Matanovic, Mira Muhoberac, Zoran Maljkovic, Biljana Dakic and author Miro Gavran will address the audience and Mladena Gavran will interpret excerpts from these books.
Participants who will talk about author’s dramatic work:
Dr.sc. Ana Lederer, Zagreb, Croatia
Prof.dr.sc. Sanja Nikčević, Osijek, Croatia
Dr. sc. Alica Kulihova, Bratislava, Slovakia
Dr. sc. Mira Muhoberac, Zagreb, Croatia
Doc.dr.sc. Lucija Ljubić, Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. sc. Miroslav Međimorec, Zagreb, Croatia
Doc.dr.sc. Ivan Trojan, Osijek, Croatia
Dr. sc. Alen Biskupović, Osijek, Croatia
Dr. sc. Zdenka Đerđ, Zagreb, Croatia
Doc.art. Jasmina Pacek, Osijek, Croatia
Participants who will talk about author’s prose:
Dr.sc. Galina G. Tiapko, Moskva, Russia
Dr.sc. Julijana Matanović, Zagreb, Croatia
Prof. Igor Žic, Rijeka, Croatia
Dr. sc. Željka Lovrenčić, Zagreb, Croatia
Dr. sc. Dubravka Težak, Zagreb, Croatia
Second edition of Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s friend” was
just published in Dutch. Translation was done by Sanja Kregar while
publisher is “KLIN” from Amsterdam. Dimitrije Popovic’s painting from
series called “Kafka” was used as book cover.
This unusual Gavran’s novel talks about friendship between Franz Kafka and Max Brod and about women that defined their lives. Novel was published in Croatian by Mozaik Books in 2011 and after that it was published in Czech, English, Slovak, Dutch and Esperanto in parts. For this novel author got Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts literature award in 2012 and was nominated for prestigious international IMPAC award in Dublin in 2013.
Miro Gavran’s work has been translated into 38 languages and his novels had more then 200 different editions in Croatia and abroad.
Croatian publishing house “Mozaik Knjiga” just published Miro
Gavran’s book “Tears and Laughter”. In this book Gavran puts in front
of his readers his five unusual melodramas (Ice Cream, Beer, Byron, John
the Baptist and His Friends, Veli Joze). Some of his stories are
situated in modern time and some in closer or more distant history. In
they reader meets gallery of recognizable heroes. At times reader will
be happy or emotionally touched but he will never be indifferent. Book
is followed by exhaustive analytical afterword written by reputable
theatrologist dr. Mira Muhoberac. Editor is Zoran Maljkovic.
Theater Divadlo v Podpalubi from Bratislava, Slovakia will
have 100th performance of Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women” with
author attending on September 30th. Translation into Slovak was done by
Jan Jankovic while director is Minim F. Otzow. Main roles are performed
by Andrea Profantova, Andrea Karnasova and Bibiana Ondrejkova.
This Gavran’s play shows three actresses, each of which is performing five different roles through five different tales and so far it had 41 world premieres from New York, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires to Paris, Prague, Krakow, Warsaw, Mumbai, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Mostar, Riga, Novosibirsk, Hyderabad…
Miro Gavran’s play “Beer” was published in magazine “Forum”,
number 4-6 by Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Zagreb.
Editors are Kresimir Nemec, Mladen Machiedo and Nikica Petrak. This Gavran’s comedy had its premiere in Theater GAVRAN, Zagreb on March 5th 2015.
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women” that had its premiere in
production of “Compagnie du soir” in Le Funambule Theatre Montmartre in
Paris in June of last year and was a great success will be performed on
renowned international theatre festival “OFF AVIGNON” that will be held
from September 4th to 26th. Play was translated into French by Anica
Falamic-Brochoire and Tsolinee Vacher. Director is Etienne Chevrel while
main roles are performed by Fanny Honore, Friedrique Renda and Tsolinee
Vacher. Play takes place in today’s Zagreb and all three actresses play
five roles in five stories full of emotions and humour giving audience
insight into intimate life of contemporary women. This Gavran’s play so
far had forty first nights around the world and is translated into
Miro Gavran’s play “Wanted a New Husband” had its premiere in
Silistra, Bulgaria by Drama and Puppet Theatre on July 31st, 2015.
Translation into Bulgarian was done by Alexandra Liven while director
was Vasil Vasilev.
Miro Gavran’s play “The Doll” will have its premiere in Ptuj
by association “Novi Zato” on June 19th. Play was translatedinto
slovenian and directed by Samo M. Strelec. Main roles are performed by
Tina Gorenjak and Gorazd Zilavec.
Miro Gavran’s play “Nora in Our Time” which was directed by
Milan Strljic and his students from Academy of Arts from Split hadits
premiere in City Youth Theatre on May 28th and 29th. Actors were Luka
Cerjan, Maro Drobnic, Petar Magdic, Anja Ostojic,Ivan Pasalic, Davor
Pavic and Ana Marija Veselcic. Professianl associate was Petra Kovacic
Miro Gavran will have premiere of his play “Chekhov Says
Good-bye to Tolstoy” in National Theatre of Kosovo, Prishtine, Kosovo in
production of European Balkan Institute on Sunday, April 5th.
Director and translator into Albanian is Sevdije Ajeti, starring: Bislim Mucaj, Gimolli Zethana Bahtiri, Semira Latifi and Tour Podrimaj.
Miro Gavran’s novel “How We Broke Our Legs” was just
published in 6th edition in Croatian by Mozak Knjiga Publisher. Editor
is Zoran Maljkovic.
Novel is in humorous way describing one Croatian family through forty years. Every male member of the family literally breaks their leg when they meet love of their life. One part of the story takes place in Slavonia, and another in Zagreb. Novel was published in Chinese and English.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Forgotten Son” was just published in 8th
edition in Croatian by Mozaik Knjiga Publisher. Editor is Zoran
Hero of novel is Mislav, slightly mentally-impaired young man of twenty who is writing his diary where he speaks about his family but also about love story between him and 18 year old neighbor. So far it was published in German, Slovenian, English and Spanish and it was selected for The IBBY Honour List in Switzerland in 2002 as a novel with artistically convincing human message.
Premiere of Miro Gavran’s comedy “Laughing Prohibited” in
city of Bautzen in Germany will be on April 25th. Play was directed by
Jas Jamnika and it will bi performed in Lusatian-Sorbian, translated by
Ingrid Hustandt while actors are Anna Maria Brankatschk, Mirko
Brankatschk and Lisa Jakascht. This play will have its premiere in
German in the same actor-director cast in the fall.
Miro Gavran’s play “Night of The Gods” will have its premiere
in Dom omladine in Belgrade, Serbia by Theater Long Play on April 27th.
Director is Marko Manojlovic while actors are Dejan Lutkic, Nebojsa
Ilic and Vojin Cetkovic.
Performances of Miro Gavran’s comedy “Beer” will start in
Lisinski, Zagreb on March 4th. Formal premiere is set for March 5th. In
comedy “Beer” writer describes relationship between father and son in
humorous and warm way. Director is Helena Bulja, actors are Zlatko
Ozbolt and Jakov Gavran. Scene was done by Marta Crnobrnja, costumes by
Emina Kusan. Selection of music and sound design was done by Neven Zebic
while light design was done by Mario Vnucec.
On “Zlatni zub 2015” festival in Porec play “Ice Cream” won
“Srebrni zub” award. Author is Miro Gavran, director is Boris Svrtan
while actresses are Mladena Gavran and Ana Vilenica. Scene and costumes
were done by Jasmina Pacek, music selection by Neven Zebic and light
design by Mario Vnucec. Since its premiere on January 30th 2014 play was
performed 65 times. With a lot of humor and warmth this play speaks
about mother-daughter relationship through six decades.
Theater A.Sewruk from polish city Elblag will have two
premieres written by Miro Gavran on March 28th – “All About Women” and
“All About Men”.
Both plays were directed by Bartlomiej Wyszomirski. Actresses in “All About Women” are Maria Semotiuk, Teresa Suchodolska and Marta Maslowska while actors in “All About Men” are Piotr Boratynski, Artur Hauke and Piotr Szejn.
On the same day theater Nowy from polish city Zabrzea will have reading premiere of Gavran’s comedy “Laughing Prohibited”. Director is Jerzy Makselon while actors are Renata Spinek, Katarzyna Kubacka and Zbigniew Stryj.
All three Gavran’s plays were translated into polish by Anna Tuszynska. Miro Gavran so far had around twenty theater premieres in Poland in ten cities, where he was warmly welcomed by audience.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “Henpecked Husbands” will have its
premiere in Theater ART-Partner from Moscow on February 2nd. Translation
into Russian was done by Sergej Girin, director is Nikita Grinspun
while main roles are performed by Natalija Bockareva, Borsi Serbakov and
Miro Gavran’s comedy “Henpecked Husbands” will have itss
premiere in Theater Komedija from Moscow on February 6th. Translation
into Russian was done by Sergej Girin, director is Valery Sarkisov while
main roles are performed by Marija Poroshina, Alexandr Feklistov and
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women” will have its premiere
in Jagriti Theatre from Bagalore, India on February 12th. Translation
into English was done by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak while director is
Adaptation of Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women” called
“Ahh!!! Women” will have its premiere in English and Assamese in
Guwahati, Assam, India, in production of D’ Passion Collective on
February 17th. Direction, adaptation and translation into Assamese was
done by Sattyakee D’com Bhuyan. Translation into English was done by
Nina H. Kay-Antoljak. Assistant director is Roshmi Dutta, costume
designer is Shyamant Hazarika while music was created by Promiti Phukan.
Actresses are Jula Baruah, Nayantara Sarm, Neetali Das, Saquiba Naseeb,
Rudrakshi Bhuyan, Reeti Dutta, Roshmi Dutta and Urvashi Barua.
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women” will have its premiere
in Theatre ENDLA from Parn, Estonia on February 20th. Translation into
Estonian was done by Hendrik Lindepuu, director is Kaili Vidas while
main roles are performed by Carmen Mikiver, Karin Tammaru and Lina
Miro Gavran’s comedy “Laughing Prohibited” will have its
premiere in Theater 3d Company from Prague on February 28th. Translation
into Czech was done by Frantisek Karoch, director is Martin Vokoun
while main roles are performed by Helena Korochova, Diana Soltysova and
Miro Gavran’s play “The Doll” will have it’s premiere in
Inner Circle Theatre from Los Angeles, USA on January 10th. Translation
into English was done by Nina H. Kay – Antoljak, director is Matthew
Hill while main actors are Marc Jablon and Aqueela Zoll.
Miro Gavran’s play “The Doll” will have it’s premiere in
Prthvi Theater in Mumbai, India on January 27th. Translation into
English was done by Nina H. Kay – Antoljak, director is Hidayat Sami and
actors are Trishla Patel and Hidayat Sami.
Miro Gavran’s play “Chekhov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy” will
have it’s premiere in Bitef Theatre in Belgrade on Thursday, December
4th. Director is Irfan Mensur while actors are Predrag Ejdus, Ivan
Dordevic, Hana Selimovic and Jasmina Vecanski.
Play is talking about encounter of two great Russian writers – Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy and Anton Pavlovich Chekhov and their wives Sofia and Olga. Writers go from mutual respect to unusual rivalry contributed by their wives. Play was written in 1990 in Croatian theater &TD and since then had ten premieres in Sarajevo, Paris, Washington, Prague…
Miro Gavran’s play “My Wife’s Husband” will have its premiere
in Theater Cyprian Kamil Norwind in Poland on December 31st.
Translation into Polish was done by Anna Tuszynska, director is Henryk
Adamka while main roles are performed by Jacka Grondowego and Piotr
Konieczyskiego. This is 24th premiere of this Gavran’s comedy.
Publishing house “Mozaik Knjiga” from Zagreb published 11th
edition of Miro Gavran’s novel for kids – “All Sorts of Things in My
Head” on November 30th. Editor is Zoran Maljkovic. In this novel author
is describing his childhood in Slavonia through various humorous
Two short comedies written by Miro Gavran – “Great Seducer”
and “Sex Reassignment Surgery” will have their premieres in theater
“Toneta Cufarja” in Jesenice, Slovenia on November 29th. Translation
into Slovenian was done by Marjan Bevk while director is Matjaz Koman.
Only ten months after it’s premiere, Theater GAVRAN will have
50th performance of Miro Gavran’s comedy “Ice Cream” with Ana Vilenica
and Mladena Gavran as actors. Play was directed by Boris Svrtan, Jasmina
Pacek designed scene and costumes while Neven Zebic selected music.
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Men” had it’s premiere in
Novosibirsk, Russina, in theater Red Torch on November 6th. Translation
into Russian was done by Sergej Girin and director is Konstantin
Miro Gavran’s play “My Wife’s Husband” had it’s premiere in
Theater IV from Bucharest, Romania. Translation into Romanian was done
by Teodora Calagiu Garofil and Ana Maria Carablais. Director is Anca
Maria Colteanu while actors are Liviu Cheloiu, Darius Daradici, Teodora
Calagiu Garofil and Ana Maria Carablais.
Miro Gavran’s monodrama “Trpimir” will have it’s premiere in
Cultural Center Crnuce in Ljubljana, Slovenia on November 21st.
Production is done by “Vas teatar” while translation, direction and
acting is done by Roman Koncar who is celebrating his thirty years of
acting with it. “Trpimir” is witty and moving story about a man who with
no fault of his own ends up in a madhouse. It was first published in
author’s book “Small Unusual People” in 1989.
Miro Gavran’s play “Chekhov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy” will
have it’s premiere in Theater LA MY from Prague on November 11th.
Translation into Czech was done by Dagmar Ruljančić, director is Martin
Vokoun and actors are: Matin Čarny (Tolstoj), Maria Holbova (Sofija),
Filip Kračmar (Čehov) i Bara Janova (Olga).
Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s Friend” was just published in
Bratislava, Slovakia. Publisher is Altera Pars and translation was done
by Alica Kulihova. This novel first came out in Croatian in 2011 and
since then was published in Czech, Dutch and English and in some parts
in Esperanto. For this novel author got award from Croatian Academy for
Science and Art in 2012. Novel theorizes relationship between Franz
Kafka and Max Brod and woman that determined their lives.
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women”, which premiered in
Paris on July 6th, and was produced with noticeable success with
audiences and critics, by “Compagnie du soir” at Le Funambule Theatre
Montmartre, will again be found in the repertoire of this theater from
September 5th to 29th. Translations of the text into French were done by
Anica Falamić-Brochoire and Tsolinee Vacher. It was directed by Etienne
Chevrel, while the main roles are performed by Fanny Honore, Friedrique
Renda and Tsolinee Vacher.
Miro Gavran’s play “George Washington’s Loves” had it’s
premiere in theater “Bore Stankovic” from Vranj, Serbia on September
9th, 2014. Play was directed by Ljiljana Ivanovic while main roles were
performed by Radmila Djordjevic and Jelena Asanovic. Scene was arranged
by Miroslav Ilic while costumes were done by Biljana Krstic.
Mosaic Books published the 11th edition of Gavran’s novel for
children, Head Over Heels in Love, edited by Zoran Maljkovic.
The most popular daily paper in Croatia “Vecernji list”
published Miro Gavran’s short story “Wrong Apartment” on August 9th in
Miro Gavran’s play “The Doll” will be premiered on July 1st,
2014 at the DVORNI DIVADLO (courtyard theater) in the tourist town of
Hlohovec in the Czech Republic. Translations of the text into Czech were
done by Jaroslav Otčenašek, the director is Zdenek Černin while the
main roles are performed by popular Czech actors Martha Ondračkova and
Miro Gavran will have premiere of his play “All About Women”
in Paris on July 6th. Premiere will take place at La Funamble Theatre
Monmartre in production “Compagnie du soir”. Translation into French was
done by Anica Falamic-Brochoire and Tsolinee Vacher. Director is
Etienne Chevrel while main roles are played by Fanny Honore, Friedrique
Renda i Tsolinee Vacher.
On the same day, July 6th, Theater festival in Avignon will
have 100th performance of “Creon’s Antigone” performed by Roseau
Theatre. After that they will have 20 more performances during festival.
It was translated into French by Andrea Pucnik, directed by
Marie-Francoise and Jean –Claude Broche while main roles are played by
Mathier Barbier and Marie Broche.
Miro Gavran’s play “Night of the Gods” was performed on
Polish First Channel on Saturday, June 6th. Play was translated by Anna
Tuszynska and radio adaptation was done by Janusz Kukula.
Miro Gavran was elected associate member of the Croatian
Academy of Sciences and Arts on the electoral meeting held in Zagreb on
At the conference of the Russian Academy of Literature, held
on April 22nd in Moscow, it was decided that Croatian writer Miro Gavran
become their member.The Russian Academy of Literature is a successor of
the Russian Academy which was founded in 1783 by Empress Catherine the
Over the past ten years, Gavran has had a sizeable presence in the Russian cultural scene – he has had as many as eight theatrical premieres there, three of which were in Moscow, while the famous publishing house “Azbuka” from St. Petersburg has published his novel “Judith” in Russian.
Croatian writer Miro Gavran will have four Opening Nights in
“The Daily Theatre” of University La Verne in Los Angeles, California
from 2nd to 5th April.They are all directed by graduates majoring in
direction who decided, with their professors, to organize this mini
festival based on pieces written by Miro Gavran. Audience will have
opportunity to see plays “Chekhov Says Good Bye To Tolstoy” (translated
by Ellen Elias, directed by Jake Tittl), “Shakespeare and Elisabeth”
(translated by Graham McMaster, directed by Maryanne Householder and
Cody Goss), “All About Women” (translated by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak,
directed by Amy Bolton and Jordan Randall) and “The Doll” (translated by
Nina H. Kay-Antoljak, directed by Jordan Klomp, Bo Powell and Daniel
Miro Gavran’s novel “John the Baptist” will be released on
April 3rd in its 7th edition in Croatian. The publisher is MOZAIK KNJIGA
from Zagreb, and the book’s editor is Zoran Maljković. This novel,
which tells the story of the great prophet John the Baptist, was first
published in Croatian in 2002, and prominent publishing houses in Buenos
Aires and Vienna, “Editorial El Ateneo” and “Seifert Verlag” published
this novel in Spanish and German, respectfully.
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women” will be performed on
March 8th by Theater ODA from Pristina, Kosovo. Translation into
Albanian was made by Genta Retkoceri, director is Luan Jaha, while the
main roles are performed by Blerta Sylkaj, Besarta Fejza and Genta
Miro Gavran’s book “George Washington’s Loves” will be
released on March 7th. The publisher is MOZAIK KNJIGA from Zagreb, and
the book’s editor is Zoran Maljković, while the afterword is written by
theatrologist Mira Muhoberac. The book contains four of Gavran’s early
dramas: “George Washington’s Loves”, “Death of an Actor”, “Creon’s
Antigone”, and “The Conspirators”.
On Thursday, March 6th, the iconic Bulgarian theater “Tears
and Laughter ” in Sofia, will perform the premiere of the popular comedy
by Croatian writer Miro Gavran, “My Wife’s Husband”. The director is
Marius Kurkinski, while the main roles are performed by Marija
Sapundžijeva, Leonid Jovčev and Veselin Ančev. The translation into
Bulgarian was done by Alexander Liven.
On Saturday, January 11th at 20h, the opera “Royalty and
Rogues”, for which Miro Gavran has written the libretto, will be aired
on channel 3 of Croatian television on the show “Interlude”. The music
was composed by Sanja Drakulić, it was directed by Robert Raponja, while
Filip Pavišić conducted the orchestral music. This is an opera that had
its theatrical premiere in April 2011 in collaboration with the
Croatian National Theatre in Osijek and the Zagreb Music Biennale. The
plot of the opera takes place in the 10th century of the new era at the
court of Croatian King Marun, at the time of the great famine, and
several court intrigues.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “My Wife’s Husband” will be premiered on
January 17th in Theater “Petro Marko” in Vlora, Albania. The translator
is Kastriot Cipi, the director is Jorgaq Tushe, while the main roles
are played by Ilirijan Ali, Lavdimir Abilaliaj and Matilda Avduli.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “Ice Cream “, produced by Theatre
GAVRAN, will have its premiere on Thursday, January 30th in the Small
Hall of the Lisinski Theater in Zagreb. The director is Boris Svrtan,
scene and costume design was done by Jasmina Pacek, while the main
performers are Mladena Gavran and Ana Vilenica. In this quirky comedy,
the heroines are a mother and daughter whose mutual relationship and
attitude towards men, which determined their fate, is described through
dynamic humorous scenes in which every woman will identify herself. The
author describes the life of his heroines in a time span of 57 years,
through eight dramatic and dynamic scenes.
They are believable life stories filled with warmth, which will enrich the soul of every viewer.Why the play is called ” Ice Cream ” will remain a secret until the audience meets the actors.
Miro Gavran’s play “The Doll” will be premiered on December
7th in Slovakia at the Theater JAN PALARIK in Trnava. The translator is
Jan Jankovič, the director is Ladislav Kočan, while the main roles are
played by Silvia Holečkova-Soldanova and Ladislav Kočan. This is a drama
that had its world premiere in English in June of last year, in New
York, and then in the fall of last year, was premiered in Croatian by
Theater Gavran in Zagreb.
The world premiere of the film “How to Steal a Wife”, which
was adapted from Miro Gavran’s theatrical comedy “Henpecked Husbands”,
is scheduled for December 20th in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.
The producer is LITL BAZ PICTURES from Vilnius. The director is the young, but exceptionally successful Donatas Ulvydas (who became famous for directing the historical spectacle “Tadas Blinda” a few years ago), while in the main roles star popular Lithuanian actors Inga Jankauskaite, Rimante Valiukaite, Giedrius Savickas, and Ramunas Cicenas. This unusual comedy begins when a married woman is unexpectedly visited by her first husband, who was suddenly released from prison, having been proven innocent. Having nowhere to stay, the man begins to live with his ex-wife and her new husband. The story unfolds with unexpected conflicts and troubles.
Miro Gavran’s play “Night of the Gods” will be premiered at
November 22nd at Theatre Koper in Koper, Slovenia. Translation into
Slovenian was done by Emica Antončić, while the director is Jaka Ivanc.
This early Gavran’s play from 1986 has so far had 21 premieres worldwide, so this Koper performance will be the 22nd. The plot of this play, which deals with love, friendship and political manipulation, takes place at the court of Louis XIV, and involved are just three heroes: Louis, the jester and the famous writer Moliere.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Kafka’s friend” has just been published
in Czech in Prague. The publisher is EMONA SERVICE, while translation
into Czech was done by Jaroslav Otčenášek . At the same time, the novel
was published in Dutch with translation by Sanja Kregar in a joint
publication by KLIN house from Amsterdam and PAMAC publishing house from
Gavran’s novel talks about the unusual friendship between Franz Kafka and Max Brod, as well as the women who determined their destiny. The novel was published, in Croatian, two years ago by MOZAIK KNJIGA from Zagreb, and it was for this novel that Miro Gavran did receive the Croatian Academy of Science and Art Award for literature. The same novel is now being translated into several other languages.
Miro Gavran’s drama “All About Men” will premiere October 3rd
at TEATRO DA LIVRARIO DA VILA in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Flavio Faustinoni
is responsible for translation into Portuguese and direction, while the
main roles are played by Oscar Magrini, Pedro Garrafas, and Flavio
Faustinoni. In this unusual drama, three actors each play five roles in
five intertwining stories. This Gavran drama had its world premiere in
2006 in Slovakia, and has so far premiered in eleven theaters and has
been translated into ten languages.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “My Wife’s Husband” will be premiered on
October fourth at the Theatre Kamienica in Warsaw, Poland. Translation
into Polish was done by Anna Tuszynska, the director is Tomasz Obara,
while Przemyslaw Bluszcz and Tomasz Obara are starring in the main
roles. It is a comedy that tells the extraordinary story of two men who
live with the same woman for five years in two cities, and do not know
of one another.
Miro Gavran’s drama “All About Men” will premiere October
26th at The Russian Theater of Mikhail Chekhov in Riga, Latvia.
Translated by Sergej Girin, and directed by Mihajl Gruzdov, the drama
starrs Aleksandar Malikov, Aleksej Korgin, and Evgenij Čerkes in the
main roles. This Gavran drama had its world premiere in 2006 in
Slovakia, and has so far premiered in eleven theaters and has been
translated into ten languages.
Miro Gavran’s drama “Dr. Freud’s Patient” will be premiered
on September 13th in the Professional Theater of Gnjilane in Gnjilane,
Kosovo. The play was translated into Albanian by Ernest Zymberi, and
directed by Erson Zymberi, while the main roles are performed by Muharem
Sylejmani, Mejrema Barish and Ali Demi. The drama talks about the
meeting of a young Adolf Hitler and Sigmund Freud in Vienna in 1919. So
far, this text has had eleven theatrical premieres in several countries,
and for the last two years has been part of the repertoire at the
GAVRAN Theater in Zagreb.
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women” will be premiered on
September 15th at the RED TORCH Theater in Novosibirsk, Russia. The play
was translated into Russian by Sergei Girin, directed by Konstantin
Kolesnik, and is starring Antonina Kuznetsova, Tatiana Klassina and
Victoria Levchenko in the main roles. This Gavran drama, since its first
Zagreb premiere in 2000, has to date had as many as thirty-seven
premieres around the world. The action takes place in Zagreb in our
present, and the three actresses each interpret five different roles in
five stories that intertwine in an unusual way.
Miro Gavran’s drama “Couples” will be premiered on September
25th at the Drama Theater Klaipeda in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The play was
translated into Lithuanian by Vytas Dekšnys, and directed by Ramune
Kudzmanaite, while the main roles are performed by Valentina
Leonevičiute, Rimantas Pelakauskas, Regina Šaltenyte, Vidas Jočys,
Renata Idzelyte and Liudas Vyšniauskas. Since the premiere will be
attended by the author Miro Gavran, the day after the premiere, the
theater will perform his play “All About Women”, which they have been
performing since 2004, and two days later will perform the author’s
drama “All About Men”, performed since 2007. In this way, the Croatian
author will see his entire theatrical trilogy, consisting of three of
his plays, with the topic of male-female relationships in common, and
structured in such a way that all the actors play four or five roles.
The Croatian author Miro Gavran’s play “NIGHT OF THE GODS”
will be premiered in THE TURIYA THEATRE in the Indian city of Hyderabad
on August 3th. The play has been translated into Hindi and is being
directing by Bavani Ganti, while the main roles are being played by
Rabul Reddy, Vinay Abhishek and Afroz Hussaini. To date “NIGHT OF THE
GODS” has been played in 20 premiere performances.
Miro Gavran has just published the book PLAYS FOR CHILDREN,
issued by Mozaik Knjiga from Zagreb. The editor is Zoran Maljković. The
book contains 12 plays for young viewers that Miro Gavran has written in
the past 25 years: Moretto, Ivana Brlić’s Children’s Dreams, The Story
About the Boy Who Saved the Sea, Dad As a Present, Old Shoes, The Lost
Squirrel, The Enchanted Violinist, Naughty Child, Whitebeard Bearing
Gifts, Dado and Goga,Pinocchio and Bunny’s Looking for his Mother.
From June 26th to July 1st in Poland, the fifth Gavranfest
will be held, a theater festival which will run the works of
contemporary Croatian writer Miro Gavran. It is organized by the famed
theater LUDOWY of Krakow, whose stage in the city center (Scena Pod
Ratuszem/Ratuszem Town Hall) will host the festival, whose selectors are
Jacek Stram, artistic director of Theatre LUDOWY and Anna Wierzchowska
Wozniak, Theatre LUDOWY’s dramaturg. Gavranfest started up in 2003 in
Trnava, Slovakia at Theatre JANA PALARIKA, and from this year on, will
be held every year in late June in Krakow. This year’s Gavranfest will
present six plays by Miro Gavran in six days:
06/26/2013 “All About Women”, Theatre BADOW, Badow & Theatre Nowy Lodz, Poland
06/27/2013 “Hotel Babylon”, Theatre LUDOWY, Krakow, Poland
06/28/2013 “Dr. Freud’s Patient”, Theater GAVRAN, Zagreb, Croatia
06/29/2013 “All About Women”, Theater LUDOWY, Krakow, Poland
06/30/2013 “George Washington’s Loves” Theater LA MY, Prague, Czech Republic
07/01/2013 “My Wife’s Husband” PONIEDZIALEK Stage/PRIMOART AGENCY, Szczecin, Poland
Miro Gavran’s drama “Death of an Actor” will be premiered on
June 28th at the Backyard Theater in the Czech Republic in the tourist
town of Hlohovec. Translation into Czech was done by Jiri Vobecky; the
director is Zdenek Čermin, while the main roles are performed by
prominent actors from Brno – Simon Pekova and Zdenek Čermin.
On June 25 at 17h, at the Croatian embassy in Brussels, Miro
Gavran’s drama “Hotel Babylon” will be performed, under the direction
of Mladena Gavran, and directed by Aida Bukvić. The play will be
presented by Theatre GAVRAN and organized by the Croatian Heritage
Foundation Croatian in honor of Croatia’s accession to the European
On June 14th in Lodz, Poland, NOWY Theater will premiere Miro
Gavran’s drama “All About Women” in co-production with Theater Badow
from Badowa. Translation into Polish was done by Anna Tuszynska, the
director is Piotr Bikont, while the main roles are played by Joanna
Fidler, Miroslaw Olbinska and Katarzyna Žuk.
On June 7th, in Poznan, Poland at 19h at Theater OSMI DAN,
Miro Gavran’s “Hotel Babylon”, produced by Theater GAVRAN from Zagreb,
will be performed. The show starrs Mladena Gavran, and is directed by
On June 6th at 18h in Poznan, Poland, at the forum “Literary
Thursday” at the Palace Dzielynski, university Professors Boguslaw
Zielinski and Krystyna Pienazek-Marković will discuss the literary and
theatrical work of Miro Gavran with the author himself.
In the Netherlands, in the city of Groningen, the “Anthology
of recent Croatian fiction“ was published in the selection and
translation of the Dutch Dr.Sanja Kregar. In the book, a short story by
Miro Gavran “Rescue Bear“ is included, as well as an excerpt from his
novel “The Forgotten Son.“ The publisher is PAMAC, Library KLIN.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “Eviction“ was published in the
“Anthology of Croatian war comedy“ (1991-1997), which was prepared by
Dr. Sanja Nikčević. The publishers are “Privlačica“ and “Riječ“ from
In their May 2nd edition, magazine VIJENAC in Zagreb,
published a series of poems by Miro Gavran titled “Bible Poems“.
The premiere of Miro Gavran’s drama “Couples” is scheduled
forApril 12th at the “Aco Šopov” Culture Center in the Štip Theater. It
was translated and directed by the notable Ljupčo Georgievski,
scenography by Valentin Svetozarev, costume design by Blagoj Micevski,
the orginal music was composed by Marjan Nećak, and the roles are
interpreted by: Pece Ristevski, Milorad Angelov, Mile Brateovski, Viktor
Arev, Velntina Georgievski, Marija Minčeva, Anđela Naškova, and Elena
The date is set to March 23rd for the premiere of Gavran’s
play “Forget Hollywood” in Hyderabad, India, produced by the theater
SIFAR. The play was translated into Hindi, and directed by Feroze Ahmed,
while the leading roles are played by Chandra Shekhawat and Shravant
In the MOZAIK KNJIGA publishing house release in Zagreb, the
tenth Croatian edition of Miro Gavran’s children’s novel, “Head Over
Heals in Love”, will be issued. The editor is Zoran Maljković.
The GAVRAN theater in Zagreb will present the premiere of the
play, “Night of the Gods” in the small hall at the Lisinski Concert
Hall on March 15th, 2013. The author of the text is Miro Gavran; the
director, Robert Raponja; Costume and scene designer, Jasmina Pacek. The
music was composed by Tin Tonković, while scenes were choreographed by
Alen Čelić. The main roles are played by the young and talented actors
Ivan Ćaćić (Moliere), Edi Ćelić (Louis XIV), and Jakov Gavran (court
Mihajl Čehov’s renowned Russian theater in Latvia’s capital,
Riga, premiered Croatian dramatist Miro Gavran’s drama play, “All About
Women” on February 20th. The play was translated into Russian by Sergej
Girin, directed by Mihajl Gruzdov, while the main roles were played by
Veronika Plotnikova, Anastasija Timošenko, and Jelena Sigova.
Miro Gavran’s novel “The Only Witness to Beauty” has been
published in theBulgarian language in Alexandar Liven’s translation. The
publisher is “The Foundation for Bulgarian Literature” from Sofia.
Miro Gavran’s play “Nora in Our Time’ has been included in
the”Anthology of Contemporary Croatian Drama”, selected by Ivan Trojan
andpublished by the “Jelenkor” publishing house from Pecs, Hungary. The
playwas translated into Hungarian by Medve Zoltan.
“How Dad Won Mum”, Miro Gavran’s book for children, has just
comeout in its tenth edition. MOZAIC BOOKS from Zagreb is the publisher
andZoran Maljković the editor.
It is officially announced in Dublin that Miro Gavran’s novel
“Kafka’s Friend”, translated into English by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak, was
nominated for the INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD FOR 2012.
Miro Gavran’s play “All About Women” will have it’s 33rd
premiere in Regional drama theater in Novokruznjeck in Russia on
November 22nd. Translation into Russian has been made by Sergej Girin
and director is Aleksej Valentinovic Slosarcuk.
Miro Gavran’s play “George Washington’s Loves’ will have it’s
30th premiere in Prague, Czech Republic in Teater LA MY production in
Slovakian on November 24th. Translation into Slovakian has been made by
Jan Jankovic, director is Vanda Zaplatilova Hutavova and actors are
Maria Holbova and Klaudia Gaborova. Premiere will be at Malostranska
beseda in Prague.
The GAVRAN THEATRE will premiere Gavran’s new comedy “The
Doll” on October 12th. Director is Mladena Gavran while the main roles
are played by Robert Kurbaša and Doris Pinčić. The music is composed by
Elvis Stanić and scene and costume designer is Jasmina Pacek.
The Croatian writer Miro Gavran’s comedy, MY WIFE’S HUSBAND,
will be premiered in the SIFAR Theatre’s production in the Indian city
of Hyderabad on August 19th. The play has been translated into the Hindi
language by Feroze Ahmed, and the leading roles will be played by
Prakash Phadnis and Feroze Ahmed. To date, MY WIFE’S HUSBAND has been
played in 17 premiere performances in ten countries in cities such as
Zagreb, Ljubljana, Cracow, Moscow, Los Angeles, Riga, Preševo, Mumbai,
The feature film LAUGHING FORBIDDEN will be shown at the Pula
Film Festivalon July 27. It is based on Miro Gavran’s theatre comedy.
Davor Žmegačdirected the film, and Ljubomir Kerekeš, Ljiljana Bogojevi
and NatašaDangubić play the leading roles, while the script was written
by DavorŽmegač and Miro Gavran. Croatian Radio-Television was the
Miro Gavran’s play “The Doll” will be premiered in New York
on June 22nd by STOREFRONT & BENCH PRODUCTIONS with The Local
Theatre Present at the Gallery MC in the West End. The translation into
English was done by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak. Sanja Bestic is directing and
the members of the cast are Anna-Nora Bernstein and Chris Batstone. This
premiere in New York will be the first performance of the play in the
The play “Laughing Prohibited” by Miro Gavran will premiere
on May 17th in City Theatre Znojmo in Znojmo in cooperation with The
Brno Conservatory from Brno. František Karoch and Helena Karochova
translated this play in Czech, and it is being directed by Roman
Groszmann. Roles will be played by Monika Ademkova, Dominika Sklenarova
and Jonaš Papoušek.
“Chekov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy”, Miro Garan’s drama, will
be premiered atthe TEATRA AAN DE STROM in Antwerp, Belgium on 12th
The translation into Flemish has been done by Bob Snijers, who will bedirecting the play, and the roles will be played by Jef Demedts, MagdaCnudde. Steven de Lelie and Annelore Stubbe.
MOZAIC BOOKS from Zagreb has published a book of Miro
Gavran’s dramas andcomedies entitled “Couples and Similar Weaknesses”.
Zoran Maljković hasedited the book, while the preface has been written
by Lucija Ljubić, thetheatrologist. Six of Gavran’s more recent theatre
texts are presented inthe book: Greta Garbo’s Secret, The Doll,
Couples, The Craziest Show onEarth, Pandora’s Box and It’s Hard to Say
On April 26 in Zagreb, Miro Gavran’s will be presented with
the Prize ofthe Croatian Academy of Science and Art for Literature,
which he will bereceiving for his most recent novel, “Kafka’s Friend”.
Miro Gavran’s comedy, “My Wife’s Husband” will be premiered
in Mumbai,India in the Hindi language. The Performers Theatre Group and
the NationalCentre for Performing Arts in Mumbai are handling the
production side. Theplay has been translated into Hindi and is being
directed by Munish Sharma,while the main roles are being played by Aditi
Pohanker, Munish Sharma andAbhimanyu Pandey.
The 2012 Golden Tooth Festival of Laughter and Comedy has
just finished inthe coastal town of Poreč, where the play “Doctor
Freud’s Patient” won theSilver Tooth Award. Miro Gavran wrote the play,
it was directed by RobertRaponja, and the players were Peđa Gvozdić,
Jakov Gavran and Ana-MarijaPercaić.
Miro Gavran’s play ‘All About Women’ will be premiered in New
York onFebruary 17 by STOREFRONT PRODUCTION at the Gallery MC in the
West End.The translation into English was done by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak.
Sanja Bestic is directing and the membersof the cast are Alison
Novelli, Jessica Duclos,Jennifer Prezioso,KarenEilbacher,Kate
Siepert,Olivia Hayes,Sheri Graubert and Tara Haight.
This production will be the 32nd premiere of this play, whichhas been performed all over the world, first in Croatia and then in India,Brazil, Argentina and on to the Czech Republic,Slovakia, Slovenia,Italy,Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, Poland, Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. This premiere in New York willbe the first performance of the play in the United States.
A premiere performance of Miro Gavran’s play ‘Greta Garbo’s
Secret’ willbe played at the MADLENIANUM Theatre in Belgrade (Zemun) on
February 25th. Đurđa Tešić is directing and the leading role is being
played by TanjaBošković, partnered by Miodrag Krstović, Jovana Balašević
and Petar Benčina.
The 5th CARNIVAL COMEDY Festival in the Polish town of
Katovica has just come to an end and the play HOTEL BABYLON by the
Croatian playwright Miro Gavran won the First Prize awarded by the
audience. Gavran’s monocomedy was performed by the famed THEATRE LUDOWY
from Cracow, Anna Tuszynska translated the play into Polish, it was
directed by Pawel Szumiec, and all eleven roles were interpreted by the
popular Polish actress, Aldona Jankowska.
Two of Miro Gavran’s books for children, ‘All Sorts of Things
in My Head’and ‘Head Over Heels in Love’ came out in the Croatian
language in what isalready the 9th edition of both books. MOZAIK BOOKS
are the publishers, while the editor is Zoran Maljković
Miro Gavran’s play Pandora’s Little Box will be published in the KOLO No. 4 literary magazine.
It is officially announced in Dublin that Miro Gavran’s novel
“The Only Witness to Beauty”, translated into English by Nina H.
Kay-Antoljak, was nominated for the INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY
AWARD FOR 2012.
Miro Gavran’s comedy Drivers for All Time will be premiered
on November 4th, 2011 in Slovensko stalno gledališče in Trst, Italy.
Boris Kobal translated comedy into Slovenian.
In Cairo, Egypt Miro Gavran’s book “Croatian Play’s” will be
published by MAKTABA DAR EL KALEMA. Arabic translation was made by
Ossama el Kaffash and Ines Babić. In book there are Gavran’s plays
“Creont’s Antigone” and “Henpecked Husbands”.
Filming of Miro Gavran’s comedy “Laughing prohibited” is
starting on October 14th. Directed by Davor Žmegač, a screenplay written
by Davor Žmegač, Miro Gavran. Starring Ljubo Kerekes, Ljiljana
Bogojević and Nataša Dangubić.
Miro Gavran’s play “Dr. Freud’s Patient” is being premiered
by Theater GAVRAN on 21st October in Zagreb, Croatia. The director is
Robert Raponja, with Peda Gvozdic, Jakov Gavran, Ana-Marija Percaic and
Katarina Baban as leading roles.
“Mosaic books” from Zagreb will be publishing the 9th edition
in the Croatian language of Gavran’s book “How Dad won Mum”.
Miro Gavran has won an award “Zlatna murva” for the best text on the festival “Glumiste pod murvom” in Skradin.
Miro Gavran’s play “Dr Freud’s Patient” was performed by
Theater GAVRAN on 1st of August and opened Festival “Glumiste pod
murvom” in Skradin. The director was Robert Raponja, with Peda Gvozdic,
Jakov Gavran, Ana-Marija Percaic and Katarina Baban as leading roles.
The “REYNAERT” Theatre from Brugge in Belgium will be giving a
first night of Miro Gavran’s CREONT’S ANTIGONE on July 2. The play
will be performed in the Flemish language. The director is Veronique
Declercq, and the players are Els Janssens and Gerrit Vonck.
Miro Gavran has published his novels “Kafka’s Friend” and
“Forgotten Son” intheir English translatio by Nina H. Kay-Antoljak as
e-books on AMAZON, making them accessible with the Kindle eletronic
April 10 The KOMORNI ČINOHRA Theatre in Prague will be
staging a first night of Miro Gavran’s drama NIGHT OF THE GODS. The
translation into the Czech language has been done by Dagmar Ruljančić,
and Jiri Babek is the director of the play. The Players: Vasil
Fridrich, Lukaš Kral and Matouš Ruml.
April 10 The Croatian National Theatre in Osijek, in
collaboration with the Zagreb Musical Bienniale, will be performing the
premiere of the opera ROYALTY AND ROGUES, for which Miro Gavran has
written the libretto. The music has been composed by Sanja Drakulić,
Robert Raponja is directing, and Filip Pavišić is the conductor.
April 11 The SVOBODNAYA SCENA Theatre company in Moscow will
be premiering Gavan’s play ALL ABOUT MEN at the MTUZ Theatre. Sergej
Girin has translated the play into Russian and Yakov Lomkin will be
directing. The Players: Maxim Averin, Petr Krasilov, Viktor
Dobronravov and Dmitry Joidik.
The Croatian author’s popular comedy MY WIFE’S HUSBAND will
bepremiered at the LITTLE FISH THEATRE in San Pedro, not far from
LosAngeles, on March 9. It has been played in sixteen various theatres
throughoutthe world and this will be its first performance in English in
the U.S., in Nina H.Kay-Antoljak’s translation. The play is being
directed by Don Schlossman, andcast members are John Allee, Cody Lyman
and Iva Hasperger.
MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb has published the sixth edition in Croatian ofGavran’s novel THE TEACHER OF MY DREAMS.
Gavran’s novel KAFKA’S FRIEND has been published in its
Englishtranslation by ITG Publishers from Zagreb. Nina H. Kay-Antoljak
did thetranslation into English.
The third edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel TRY TO FORGET has beenpublished by MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb.
Miro Gavran’s new novel KAFKA’S FRIEND will be published by
MOSAICBOOKS from Zagreb. The heroes of the story are Franz Kafka and Max
Brod,and the women who defined their destinies. Zoran Maljković is the
The first night of Miro Gavran’s monodrama HOTEL BABYLON will
take placeat the LUDOWY Theatre in Krakow, Poland, on January 21, under
the directionof Pawel Szumiec. Anna Tuszynska has translated the play
into Polish. Alleleven roles will be played by the actress Aldona
Miro Gavran’s play PANDORA’S LITTLE BOX is being premiered by Theater GAVRAN on 4th November in Zagreb, Croatia.
The director is Robert Raponja, scene and costumes by Jasmina Pacek, with Željko Duvnjak, Ivica Jončić and Mladena Gavran as leading roles.
Miro Gavran will have promotion of four of his novels in four
languages: PONTIUS PILATE (in German), HOW WE BROKE OUR LEGS (in
Chinese) , FORGOTTEN SON (in Spanish) and THE ONLY WITNESS TO BEAUTY (in
English) at 62nd Frankfurt International Book Faire on Friday, October
8, 2010 at 11 a.m. on Croatian Exhibition Stand, Hall No 5.0-E969
Speakers at promotion will be:
ANTJE CONTIUS (S.Fischer/Traduki, Berlin)
MARIA SEIFERT (Seifert Verlag, Vienna)
EUGENIA EHGARTNER (Leykam International, Zagreb)
MIRO GAVRAN (author, Zagreb)
Miro Gavran will be having a premiere of his comedy LAUGHING
PROHIBITED in Moscow on 11.October on scene of Theater CDKG in
production of PRODUCE COMPANY ANATOLY VOROPAEV.The translation was made
by Sergey Girin, director is Vladimir Ustjugov, and Tatjana Vasilyeva,
Stanislav Sadalsky, Janna Epple and Olga Tumaikina will be playing the
On 16th October Theater „Jan Palarik“ from Trnava, Slovakia,
will be giving a world premiere performance of Miro Gavran new comedy
„PANDORA’S LITTLE BOX“ .
The translation on Slovakian was made by Jan Jankovič, and director is Ladislav Kočan.
Dramaturg will be Mirka Čibenkova, and Tatiana Kuliškova, Vladimir Jedlovsky and Jozef Budjak will be playing the leading roles.
On 27 August, MOJTEATAR from Ljubljana, Slovenia, will be
giving a premiere performance of Miro Gavran’s comedy WANTED – A NEW
HUSBAND at the Letni Oder Ruše Festival in Ruše. Roman Končar has
translated the play into Slovenian and will be directing it.
Miro Gavran’s novel FORGOTTEN SON is being published by RIL
EDITORES in Santiago de Chile, Chile. The translation into Spanish has
been done by Željka Lovrenčić, while the Preface has been written by
Roberto Ampuero, the Chilean writer.
Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT WOMEN is being premiered by the
CAPITOL THEATRE in Warsaw, Poland. The translation into Polish is the
work of Anna Tuszynska, the director is Tomasz Obara, while Dorota
Delag, Magdalena Nieć and Daria Widawska will be playing the leading
The Croatian author Miro Gavran will be having a premiere of
his play NIGHT OF THE GODS in Kosovo on 20 May. The production is being
prepared jointly by Teatar DODONA from Priština and the ADRIANA
ABDULLAHU Theatre from Ferizaj, while the actual premiere will take
place in Ferizaj.
The translation into Albanian has been done by Ben Apolloni,
Fatmir Hyseni is directing, and the leading roles are being played by
Alban Makolli, Hazir Sh. Haziri and Shpetim Selmani.
The Croatian Centre for Children’s Books – the Croatian
Section of IBBY – has nominated Miro Gavran for the ASTRID LINDGREN
MEMORIAL AWARD – the ALMA for 2011, for his literary work to date
written for children and young people. This prize has been awarded by
the Swedish Government since 2003 in remembrance of the great Swedish
writer, Astrid Lindgren. The nomination has been supported by the
Library of the City of Rijeka and the Croatian Librarian Society.
MOSAIC BOOKS and the daily newspaper 24 HOURS have published
Miro Gavran’s long story TRPIMIR – THE MOST OBEDIENT PATIENT in book
Miro Gavran’s novel PONTIUS PILATE will be published in
German translation by SEIFERT VERLAG from Vienna, Austria. The
translation into German has been done by Klaus Detlef Olof, while
the editor is Maria Seifert.
His novel THE ONLY WITNESS TO BEAUTY is to be published in
English by the ITG publishing house from Zagreb. Nina H.
Kay-Antoljak has translated it into English.
Miro Gavran’s novel HAPPY DAYS is coming out in its 6th
edition in Croatian. The publisher is MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb,
and the editor Zoran Maljković.
Gavran’s drama ALL ABOUT WOMEN will be premiered on March 24
by theItalian Drama Company of the Ivan von Zajc CROATIAN NATIONAL
THEATRE.in Rijeka. Silvio Ferrari has translated it into Italian, while
Neva Rošić is the director.
Miro Gavran’s comedy HEN-PECKED HUSBANS (My Wife’s Husband
and TheReturn of My Wife’s Husband) will have its opening night at the
CROATIAN THEATRE in Pécs, Hungary, directed by Želimir Orešković.
The ITG publishing house has published the English version of
Gavran’s THE TEACHER OF MY DREAMS. Nina H. Kay-Antoljak
translated it into English.
Miro Gavran’s play NIGHT OF THE GODS will be premiered on
February 16 at the TEATRO ALLO SCALO in Rome, directed by
Gorjana Ducic, who translated this drama into Italian.
MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb will be publishing the 9th edition in the Croatian language of Gavran’s novel CLARA.
The 8th edition of Miro Gavran’s novel ALL SORTS OF THINGS IN
MY HEAD in Croatian will be published by MOSAIC BOOKS, Zagreb.
Miro Gavran’s play PARALLEL WORLDS will be premiered on
January 29 at the National Theatre in Osijek, with Robert Raponja
The second edition in Croatian of THE ONLY WITNESS TO BEAUTY,
Miro Gavran’s novel, has been published by MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb,
only three months after the first edition came out.
Gavran’s comedy My Wife’s Husband will be premiered on
December 13 at the Slezska Divadlo Opava in the town of Opava in the
Czech Republic. The play has been translated into the Czech language by
Jiri Vobecky, while the director is Blanka Fišerova.
Gavran’s drama How To Kill the President will be premiered in
a stage reading on December 16, organised by the Japanese Centre of
ITI, at the IWATO Theatre in Japan. Ayako Funakawa has translated the
play into Japanese, while the director of the reading is Yoshiko Nozaki.
All About Women, Gavran’s play, will have its first night at
the CLASIC IOAN SLAVICI Theatre in the town or Arad in Romania on
December 18. Catalina Latu did the translation into Romanian, and Felix
Crainicu is directing.
Gavran’s monodrama THE CRAZIEST SHOW ON EARTH has been published in the Marin Držić Prize collection.
DISPUT is the publisher and the editor is Josip Pandurić.
Miro Gavran’s novel How We Broke Our Legs is being published in Beijing, PR of China by World Affairs Press.
The translation into Chinese has been done by Kewein Yan. The
prefaces to the novel have been written by Chen Haosu and Ante Simonia.
To date, this novel has come out in five editions in Croatian.
November 6 The GAVRAN Theatre in Zagreb will premiere the
monodrama The Craziest Show in the World. The author is Miro Gavran,
while the monodrama is being directed by Mladena Gavran, who is also
playing the 12 different roles.
Miro Gavran’s novel The Only Witness to Beauty was published
by MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb. The editor was Zoran Maljkovia.
Gavran’s drama Chekhov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy was premiered
by the Tešin Theatre (a Polish-language theatre) in Eešky Tešin, Czech
Republic. The play was translated into Polish by Anna Wierszowska, and
Malgorzata Siuda directed it.
A collection of Miro Gavran’s plays in English, Parallel
Worlds & Other Plays, was published by the Croatian Writers’
Association. Nikola Djuretia was the editor and the plays were
translated into English by Nina Kay-Antoljak and Ellen Elias-Bursaa.
There are four of Gavran’s plays in the book: Parallel Worlds, Chekhov
Says Good-Bye to Tolstoy, George Washington’s Loves and Laughter
The DOMINO TEATAR from Vilnius in Lithuania will give a
premiere performance of Miro Gavranus comedy MY WIFEuS HUSBAND, directed
by Kostad Dmorginas, on September 9. The leading roles will be played
by: Jolanta Dapkunaite, Juozas Gai3auskas and Vytautas apranauskas.
MOSAIC BOOKS will be publishing the 5th edition in Croatian of Miro Gavranus novel THE TEACHER OF MY DREAMS.
MOSAIC BOOKS will be putting out the 7th edition in Croatian of Miro Gavranus novel HEAD OVER HEELS.
MOSAIC BOOKS in Zagreb published the 5th edition of Miro Gavranus novel PONTIUS PILATE.
A premiere performance of Miro Gavran’s comedy MY WIFE’S
HUSBAND took place at the KAMCHATKA DRAMA AND COMEDY THEATRE in the town
of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka in Russia. Sergei Girin did the translation
into Russian, while Valentin Zverovski was the director of the play.
Miro Gavranus drama ALL ABOUT WOMEN was premiered by the
SPISSKA THEATRE in the town of Spisska Novoj Vesi in Slovakia. Jan
Jankovic translated the play, which was directed by Jan Sledacek.
There was a premiere performance by the POWSZECHNY THEATRE in
Radom, Poland of Miro Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT WOMEN. Anna Tuszynska
translated the play into Polish and Krzystof Olichwiera directed it.
The FREIS TEATAR AUGSBURG from Augsburg in Germany premiered
Miro Gavran’s drama ALL ABOUT WOMEN. Ljerka Hermann Ore1kovia’s
translated the play and Berislav Vrane!i§ directed it.
The SPI SKO THEATRE in Spi!!ka Nova Ves in Slovakia premiered
Miro Gavranus play ALL ABOUT MEN. Jan Jankovi did the translation and
Emil Spi!ka was the director.
The JAZAVAC CITY THEATRE in Banja Luka in Bosnia-Herzegovina
gave a premiere performance of Gavranus drama DR FREUDuS PATIENT.
Aleksandar Pejakovi§ was the director.
Miro Gavran was awarded the MARIN DR1I¦ Prize by the Ministry
of Culture of the Republic of Croatia for his monodrama THE CRAZIEST
SHOW IN THE WORLD.
The L. SOLSKIEGO THEATRE in the town of Tarnov in Poland gave
a premiere performance of Miro Gavranus play ALL ABOUT WOMEN. Anna
Tuszynska translated the play into Polish and it was directed by
The LUDOWY THEATRE in Krakow, Poland gave the 200th jubilee
performance of Gavranus comedy MY WIFEuS HUSBAND, translated into Polish
by Anna Tuszynska, while Tomasz Obara directed the play.
Miro Gavran’s drama FORGET HOLLYWOOD was premiered at the
BRETT Theatre in Vienna, Austria, in a translation into German by Yvonne
Strujia and Nika Brettschneider, the latter also having directed the
MOSAIC BOOKS published the 8th edition in Croatian of Miro Gavran’s novel JUDITH.
MOSAIC BOOKS published the 5th edition in Croatian of Miro Gavran’s novel HOW WE BROKE OUT LEGS.
Miro Gavran’s novel FORGOTTEN SON was published in English by
ITG Publishers from Zagreb. Nina H. Kay-Antoljak translated the novel
The publishers, MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb published the 6th
edition in Croatian of Miro Gavran’s novel JOHN THE BAPTIST.
Since 2003, the Jan Palarik Theatre from Trnava, Slovakia has
organised a theatre festival that is unique in Europe, at which only
the dramas and comedies of the Croatian author, Miro Gavran, are
This year’s GAVRANFEST is the fourth to be organised and it
will be held between February 23 and 27, with theatres from five
countries taking part: Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and
The festival performances of Gavran’s plays will be scheduled as follows:
Feb 23: Henpecked Husbands, GAVRAN Theatre, Zagreb, Croatia
Feb 24: All About Women, STUDIO TWO Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic
Feb 25: All About Men, LUDOWY Theatre, Krakow, Poland
Feb 26: Forget Hollywood, BRETT Theatre, Vienna, Austria
Feb 27: Greta Garbo’s Secret, JAN PALARIK Theatre, Trnava, Slovakia
MOSAIC BOOKS publishers from Zagreb have put out the 7th
edition in Croatian of Gavran’s book for children, How Dad Won Mum,
edited by Zoran Maljkovi§.
The Jan Palarik Theatre from Trnava, Slovakia will premiere
Gavran’s new play GRETA GARBO’S SECRET on December 11. Jan Jankovi has
translated the play and it is being directed by Jan Zeman.
On December 13, the Antonin Dvouák Theatre from Prybram in
the Czech Republic will give a premiere performance of Gavran’s comedy
OTHELLO FROM SUSAK ISLAND in Helena and Franti!ek Karoch’s translation,
with Milan Schejbal directing.
On November 28, the Liepaja Theatre in Liepaja, Latvia will
premiere Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT MEN in Edit Tisheizera’s translation,
directed by Rolandas Atkoiunas.
The GAVRAN Theatre will perform the premiere of Gavran’s
comedy CUCKOLDS in Zagreb on October 4. The comedy is made up of two of
Gavran’s plays, MY WIFE’S HUSBAND and THE RETURN OF MY WIFE’S HUSBAND.
Zoran Muzi? is directing the play while the leading roles will be played
by Siniša Popovi?, Žarko Savi? and Vlasta Ramljak.
MOZAIC BOOKS from Zagreb brought out the 7th edition of Miro
Gavran’s novel ALL SORTS OF THINGS IN MY HEAD. The editor was Zoran
7th July in Prague, Theater STUDIO DVA will perform premiere
of Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT MAN. Czech translate are made by Blanka
Kucerova, dramaturg are Blanka Fišerova and director are Jana Janekova.
Publisher “Mosaic books” from Zagreb was published three
Gavran’s books on Croatian language: 6.th edition on novel HEAD OVER
HEELS IN LOVE, 4.th edition of novel THE TEACHER OF MY DREAMS and second
edition of his book FOUR DIFFERENT PLAY.
For two days running this month, the Croatian writer Miro
Gavran will have two premieres in two important European culture
On May 16, the APOLLO Theatre in Bratislava, Slovakia will
give a premiere performance of his play ALL ABOUT WOMEN, in Jana
Jankovic’s translation. The play is being directed by Minim F. Otzow,
and the leading roles will be played by Andrea Karnasova, Dagmar
Bruckayerova and Andrea Zimanyi-Profantova.
The next day, on May 17, his play ALL ABOUT MEN, in Anna
Tuszynska’s translation and Tomasz Obara’s direction, will be premiered
by the LUDOWY Theatre in Krakow, Poland. Krzysztof Gorecki, Piotr
Pilitowski and Tomasz Obara, also the director, will be playing the
The Slovakian premiere of ALL ABOUT WOMEN will be exactly the
twenty-first premiere of Gavran’s play since the Zagreb premiere that
took place at the EPILOG Theatre in Zagreb in the Autumn of 2000. The
Polish premiere of ALL ABOUT MEN will be the seventh premiere
performance of the play, starting from October, 2006, when the world
premiere was held at the JANA PALARIKA Theatre in Trnava, Slovakia.
Miro Gavran has had more than 160 premieres of his theatre
texts all over the world, and his plays have been seen by more than two
ITG publisher from Zagreb publish Gavran’s book GRETA GARBO’S
SECRET like book on english and croatia language. English translation
was maded by Nina H.Key-Antoljak
12th April Miro Gavran’s play „All About Women“ was premiered
in Theater Stefan Jaracz in city Olsztyn. Play is translated into
polish by Anna Tuszynska, and director is Giovanny Castellanos
19th April Slovenian City Theater from Ljubljana, performed 150. reprise of Gavran’s play „All About Women“
7th March „Theater San Giuseppe“ from city Camoglia from
Italia was premiered Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT WOMEN. Italian translation
was maded by Silvio Ferrari, and director of play was Mario Peccerini.
11th Marc Akvarious Production from Mumbyi, India, premierly
performed Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT WOMEN. Director of play is Hidayet
SEIFERT VERLAG from Vienna will be publishing Gavran’s novel
JOHN THE BAPTIST in German. The translation is by Klaus Detlef Olof and
Maria Seifert is the editor.
AKVARIOUS PRODUCTIONS from Mumbai, India will perform the
premiere of Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT WOMEN on March 11. The play will be
directed by Hidaayat Sami.
MOZAIC BOOKS from Zagreb, Gavran’s publishers, will put out the 2nd edition in Croatian of his novel, TRY TO FORGET.
Mozaic Book from Zagreb will put out 5th edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel HAPPY DAYS.
Gavran’s Zagreb publisher, MOZAIC BOOKS, will be putting out
the 7th edition in Croatian of his novel FORGOTTEN SON, the 4th edition
of PONTIUS PILATE, the 8th edition of his novel KLARA, and the 5th
edition of SMALL UNUSUAL PEOPLE, a collection of short stories. The
editor of all four books is Zoran Maljkovic.
The comedy WANTED – A NEW HUSBAND by Miro Gavran was
premiered on December 2 at the JAK Theatre in Mali Lošinj, directed by
Denis Brižic. Michael Schaf did the scenography, and Lorina Starc was
the costume designer. The leading roles were played by Boris Šegota,
Lucano Nikolic and Lorina Starc.
The KLAIPEDA DRAMA THEATRE from Klaipeda in Lithuania gave a
premiere performance on December 13 of Miro Gavran’s ALL ABOUT MEN
directed by Arvydas Lebeliunas. The players were Edvardas Brazys,
Rimantas Pelakauskas, Igoris Reklaitis and Kezimieras Žvinklys.
The LIEPAJA TEATAR from Liepaja, Latvia premiered Gavran’s
ALL ABOUT MEN on December 14. Edite Tisheizere translated the play into
Latvian and it was directed by Rolandas Atkociunas. The cast: Kaspars
Gods, Leons Lešcinskis and Egons Dombrovskis.
On December 31 the TEATR NOWY from Zabrze in Poland will
premiere two of Gavran’s plays: ALL ABOUT WOMEN and ALL ABOUT MEN. Anna
Tuszynska has translated the play into Polish, Bartlomiej Wyszomirski is
the director, and the scenography is by Iza Toronewicz. The players
will be Aleksandra Gajewska, Danuta Lewandowska, Joanna Falkowska,
Krzysztof Urbanowicz, Marcin Kocela and Norbert Kaczorowski.
Miro Gavran’s novel JUDITH was published in the Catalonian
language by EDITORIAL ENSIOLA from Muro-Mallorca in Spain. The
translation into Catalonian was done by Iris Radetic and Jaume Moragues
Miro Gavran’s comedy MY WIFE’S HUSBAND was premiered on
November 4 in Tirana, Albania, in an ALBANIAN EUROPEAN INSTITUTE
production. The play was translated into Albanian and directed by
Kastriot Cipi, Rudin Coci was the scenographer, while Anila Zajmi
Katanoli designed the costumes. The cast: Rajmonda Bulku, Medih Malka
and Vangjel Toce.
Gavran’s novel for children HEAD OVER HEALS IN LOVE came out
in its 5th edition in Croatian. It was published by MOSAIC BOOKS from
Zagreb, while the editor was Zoran Maljkovic.
The GAVRAN THEATRE premiered Gavran’s new comedy HENPECKED
HUSBANDS in Zagreb on November 11. The play was directed by Nina
Kleflin, Marta Crnobrnja was the scenographer, Djurdja Janeš the costume
designer, while the main roles were played by Zvonimir Zoricic, Ivica
Joncic and Mladena Gavran.
Gavran’ novel JUDITH was published in the Czech language by
NAKLADATELSTVI DAUPHIN from Prague, Czech Republic, in Jaroslav
Gavran’s play DR FREUD’S PATIENT had its premiere on November
6 at the KOMORNI CINOHRA in Prague. Dagmar Ruljancic translated the
play into Czech, the director was Jiri Babek, and the costumographer
Ljubica Babek Malcerova. The cast: Lukaš Kral, Matouš Rumi and Šarka
Gavran will be conducting a literary get-together at the
Gradišcanski [Burgenland] Centre in Vienna on October 19 at 20:00 hrs.
Mladen Martic and Marija Seifert will be talking about his drama and
prose work, and the get-together will be bi-lingual, in Croatian and
The Croatian National Theatre from Varaždin will be giving a
guest performance of Gavran’s play NORA IN OUR TIME at the AKZENT
Theatre in Vienna, Austria on October 20 at 19:00 hrs. The play will be
simultaneously translated into the German language.
HOW TO KILL THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER PLAYS, a book of selected
Gavran plays, will be promoted at the NOWY W ZABRZE Theatre in the
Polish town of Zabrze at the Festival of Comedy. Anna Tuszynska, the
translator, and Anna Wierzchowska, the editor, will be speaking about
the book. An exhibition of posters of Gavran productions from theatres
all over the world will also be opened as part of the occasion.
MY WIFE’S HUSBAND, Gavran’s comedy, was premiered in Moscow.
It was directed by Aleksander Ogarjev, a distinguished Russian director
on “Amurska Jesen” festival. It was awarded three times: GRAND-PRIX for
the best play, Aleksandar Ogarjev was awarded for best direction, and
Leonid Roberman was awarded as the best theatre producer.
The Spanish edition of Miro Gavran’s novel JOHN THE BAPTIST
was launched in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the EL ATENEO EDITORIAL
bookshop on September 4. Marcel Birmajer, the writer, was the promoter
of the book and, along with the author, Mladena Gavran, the actress, and
the writer Dunja Ozanic also took part. Domagoj Prosoli was also
present as the representative of the Croatian Embassy in Argentina.
The Spanish version of Gavran’s JOHN THE BAPTIST was launched
at the National Library in Santiago de Chile, Chile on September 12.
Antonio Skarmeta, was the promotor, and, along with Miro Gavran, the
actresses Paola Bravo and Mladena Gavran, and the editor Arturo Infante,
also took part. Refik Šabanovic and Tuga Tarle were also there as
representatives of the Croatian Embassy in Chile. They were also
organizers of this event.
Miro Gavran’s book of plays DRAMAS AND COMEDIES III was
published in the Slovakian language in Bratislava, in Jan Jankovic’s
translation, with a Preface by Michal Babiak. Four of Gavran’s plays are
included in the book: NORA IN OUR TIME, ALL ABOUT MEN, LAUGHING
PROHIBITED, and HOW TO KILL THE PRESIDENT.
Miro Gavran’s novel JUDITH was published by FAKEL EXPRESS in
Sofia, Bulgaria in Lyudmila Mindova’s translation into Bulgarian.
Gavran’s short story IN THE RIVER’S EMBRACE was published in
Russian in Moscow. It came out in the literary journal Ruska Zvono No.
3, which is published by the Society of Authors of Russia, in Larissa
Savelyeva’s translation. The Society also published it in their
newspaper Moskovski Literat.
Gavran’s novel PONTIUS PILATE was adapted and broadcast by Croatian Radio in Zagreb as a radio-serial in 5 episodes.
ALL ABOUT WOMDEN, Gavran’s play, was premiered at the Valjevo
Cultural Hall in Valjevo, Serbia. It was directed by Ksenija Krnajski,
and the leading roles were played by Nela Mihailovic, Katarina
Vicentijevic and Angelina Lukic.
MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb published the 5th edition in Croatian of Gavran’s book HOW DAD WON MUM.
Gavran’s play CREON’S ANTIGONE will be premiered on July 6 in
Avignon, France, at the International Theatre Festival AVIGNON OFF. The
play will be performed by the ROSEAU THEATER Company in the French
language in Andrea Pucnik’s translation and will be played every day at
the Festival until July 28. The directors are MF and JC BROCHE, while
the main roles will be played by Mathier Barbier and Marie Broche.
Gavran’s drama ALL ABOUT WOMEN will be premiered at the
Teatar STUDIO DVA in Prague, the Czech Republic on July 9, 2007. The
play has been translated into Czech by Jiri Vobecky and Vlatka Soucek-
Kapetanovic. The director is Jana Janekova while the players are Anna
Siskova, Jana Krausova and Jitka Schneiderova.
Gavran short story IN THE RIVER’S EMBRACE was published as a
book in five languages: Danish, Swedish, Romanian, Japanese and
Croatian. The translations were done by: Peter Gronfeldt, Tena Kotvas,
Andra Sorina Besliu and Yumiko Yasue.
Gavran was awarded a SPECIAL PRIZE for his novel THE TEACHER
OF MY DREAMS at the International Festival of Literature for Children
and Young People in Sofia, Bulgaria. Authors from some ten countries
took part at the Festival, which was held under the auspices of the
‘European Union Cultural Programme 2000’.
Gavran’s novel JOHN THE BAPTIST came out in Spanish,
published by the well-known Argentinean publishing house, El Ateneo
Editorial from Buenos Aires.
Mosaic Books from Zagreb published the 4th edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel HOW WE BROKE OUR LEGS.
Polish National Radio will be giving a premiere broadcast of
Gavran’s play CREON’S ANTIGONE. The leading roles will be played by Adam
Ferency and Maja Hirsch. Karolina Brusic did the translation into
Panga Pank Publishers from Cracow will be publishing Miro
Gavran’s book HOW TO KILL THE PRESIDENT AND OTHER PLAYS. The plays have
been translated into Polish by Anna Tuszynska, and the book contains 6
of Gavran’s plays: GEORGE WASHINGTON’S LOVES, NIGHT OF THE GODS, ALL
ABOUT MEN, HOTEL BABYLON, PARALLEL WORLD and HOW TO KILL THE PRESIDENT.
The second edition in the Albanian language of Gavran’s novel
for children, HAPPY DAYS, has come out, published by Andersen
Publishers from Tirana. Shpresa Vreto translated the novel into
The premiere of Gavran’s play CHEKHOV SAYS GOOD-BYE TO
TOLSTOY will be held at the SILVIA MONFORT Theatre in Paris on March 7.
Andrea Pucnik translated the play into French, Marie-France
Lahore is the director with Pascal J. Mercier as asst. director. The
scenography is by Marielle Spalony, costumes by Catherine Caldray, and
lighting design by Daniel Molnier. The Players: Camille Cottin, Thomas
DeWinter, Jean-Claude Drouot, Vincent Primault and Marie-France Santon.
The 5th edition in Croatian of Miro’s book JOHN THE BAPTIST
will be coming out in March, published by Mosaic Books, Zagreb.
The 6th edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel ALL SORTS OF THINGS IN MY HEAD was published by Mosaic Books, Zagreb.
Mosaic Books from Zagreb published Gavran’s book, FOUR VARIOUS PLAYS.
Zoran Maljkovic was the editor, and the following four plays
are included: NORA IN OUR TIME, ALL ABOUT MEN, HOW TO KILL THE PRESIDENT
and PARALLEL WORLDS.
The novel HOW DAD WON MUM came out in its 5th edition, published by Mosaic Books, Zagreb.
Gavran’s play ALL ABOUT WOMEN was premiered at the WANDY
SIEMASZKOWEJ Theatre in the Polish town of Rseszowie on January 13. The
translation into Polish was done by Anna Tuszynska, Krzysztof Jaworski
was the director and scenographer, while Justyna Kolodziej, Malgorzata
Machowska and Beata Zarembianka were the players.
ITG from Zagreb published Miro Gavran’s book PLAYS in
English. Seven of his plays are included: ALL ABOUT MEN, ALL ABOUT
WOMEN, NORA IN OUR TIME, CREON’S ANTIGONE, HOW TO KILL THE PRESIDENT, DR
FREUD’S PATIENT and NIGHT OF THE GODS. The plays were translated by:
Nina H. Kay-Antoljak, Marie-Elise Zovko, Ellen Elis-Bursac and Laura
Gavran’s play for children, The Enchanted Violinist, was
premiered in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina by the HASIJA BORIC Travelling
Gavran’s play Nora in Our Time was premiered at the Croatian
National Theatre in Varaždin with Georgij Paro directing. Mladen Martic
was the dramaturge, Gordana Slivka the assistant director, Dinka
Jericevic the scenographer, while the costumes were designed by Marija
Zarak. Davor Rocco selected the music and the cast members were: Ines
Bojanic, Kristijan Potocki, Stojan Matavulj, Ljiljana Bogojevic, Zvonko
Zecevic, Beti Lucic and Gordana Slivka.
The 7th edidtion in Croatian of Gavran’s novel Clara was published by Mosaic Books from Zagreb.
Gavran’s play Dr Freud’s Patient in Lia Karavia’s translation
into Greek was published in the TEMA No. 32 literary magazine in
His play All About Men in the Croatian language was premiered
at the GAVRAN Theatre in Zagreb. It was directed by Mladena Gavran and
the roles were played by Dražen Bratulic, Ivica Pucar and Robert Ugrina.
The scenographer was Marta Crnobrnja and Djurdja Janes designed the
The 5th edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel for young
people, All Sorts of Things in My Head, was published by Mosaic Books
Gavran’s novel Pontius Pilate was nominated for the
INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD FOR 2007 in Dublin, Ireland.
It was nominated by the City Library in Rijeka, and the Oton Zupancic
Library from Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Gavran’s novel Pontius Pilate was published in Serbia by MOST ART from Zemun.
Gavran’s novel Forgotten Son was published in its 6th edition in Croatian by Mosaic Books, Zagreb.
Gavran’s novel Judith came out in its 6th edition in Croatian, published by Mosaic Books, Zagreb.
Gavran’s novel for young people, The Teacher of My Dreams,
was nominated for the KIKLOP Award in the category of this year’s best
book for young people in Croatia.
Gavran’s play All About Men was premiered by the State
Theatre company in Kosice, Slovakia. It was translated into Slovakian by
Dr Jan Jankovic and was directed by Dusan Bajin.
Gavran’s comedy, My Wife’s Husband, will be premiered in
Moscow on October 16 and 17 by the Art Partner XXI company at the the
Taganyka Actors Society theatre. Sergei Girin has done the translation
into Russian, the play is being directed by Alexander Ogarev, and the
players are Olga Prokofieva, Valeri Garkalin and Semyon Strugacev.
The Jan Palarik Trnova Theatre is organising the Third
GAVRANFEST in the Slovakian city of Trnava between October 21 and 24.
Only Gavran’s plays are performed at this Festival. The organisers, Emil
Nedielka and Michal Babian, have invited seven theatre companies from
five countries (Slovakia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovenia and
Croatia) to this year’s GAVRANFEST. The patron of the Festival is the
County Prefect of the Trnava County, Tibor Mikus, grad. engineer, and it
is being sponsored by POTOMAC d.o.o. – CROATA KRAVATA.
The Festival will open with the world premiere of Gavran’s
play, All About Men, performed by the host theatre, the Jan Palarik…
The play has been translated into Slovakian by Jan Jankovic, is being
directed by Michal Babiak, Jan Zavarsky has done the scenography, the
costumes are by Eva Farkasova, while the players are Peter Kocis, Jozef
Bujdak and Gregor Holoska.
Miro’s novel Judith was published in Serbia by Most Art from Zemun. Dragan Stojkovic was the editor.
Mosaic Books from Zagreb published the 4th edition of
Gavran’s novel for children, How Dad Won Mum. It was edited by Zoran
Mosaic Books published the 3rd edition of Gavran’s novel for
children, Head Over Heels in Love, edited by Zoran Maljkovic.
The Kladno Central Czech Theatre from the town of Kladno in
the Czech Republic will be giving a premiere performance of Miro’s play
All About Women on September 21. Vlatka Soucek-Kapetanovic and Jiry
Vobecka have translated the play into the Czech language, while Stepan
Chaloupka is directing it.
Gavran’s play, Wanted – a New Husband, will be premiered in
German on September 23 at the German-Serbian National Theatre in
The play has been translated by Lubina and Dusan
Hajdukveljkovic and will be directed by Jasa Jamnik from Slovenia. The
players are Petra Wenzel-Bulankec, Jan Mikan and Torsten Schlosser.
The ‘Und So Fort’ Theatre from Munich premiered Gavran’s play
How to Kill the President on August 7. This play was very successfully
premiered in March, 2006 by the Sensemble Theatre from Augsburg, and the
Munich theatre decided to include the show in its repertoire. It was
directed by Heiko Dietz, and the players were Daniela Nering, Sandra
Lenhmann, Johannes Haag and David Scholz.
A stage reading of Gavran’s play Chekohov Says Good-bye to
Tolstoy, directed by Robert Pobleta, was given as a premiere at the
Festival of Contemporary European Drama in Santiago de Chile. Jasna
Bulat translated the play into Spanish.
Mosaic Books from Zagreb published the 2nd edition of
Gavran’s novel for young people, The Teacher of My Dreams. The book was
edited by Zoran Maljkovic.
The ‘Studio K’ Theatre from Katowic in Poland gave a premiere
performance of Gavran’s comedy My Wife’s Husband in the city of Gorzow
on July 30. The text was translated into Polish by Anna Tuszynska, the
director was Jerzy Krol, and the players were Saniwoj Krol and Marcin
The Jonas Zaborsky Theatre premiered Gavran’s play Death of
an Actor in the town of Presovo in Slovakia on June 2. It was translated
into Slovakian by Jan Jankovic and directed by Michal Vajdicka, while
the main roles were played by Jozo Strazan and Kveta Strazanova.
Thirty-two playwrights from the 32 countries competing in the
World Cup were invited to present their work at the Festival of
Contemporary German Drama in Mülheimer in Germany between June 2 and 6.
Miro was the invitee from Croatia and he presented his play Chekhov Says
Good-bye to Tolstoy.
The Croatian National Theatre from Mostar,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, premiered Gavran’s play All About Women on June 15.
It was directed by Robert Raponja and the players were Sandra Krgo,
Jelena Kordic and Ivana Zupa.
Gavran’s play „ALL ABOUT WOMEN“ premiered on 11.May in Rio de
Janeiro, Brasil, on TEATRO LEBLON, in Marcelo Mello translation.
Directing by Tiziana Studart, players were Beth Goulart, Marina Lima and
The 4th edition in Croatia of Gavran’s novel „JOHN THE BAPTIST“ was published Mozaik knjiga in Zagreb.
The 3rd edition in Croatia of Gavran’s novel „PONTIUS PILATE“ was published Mozaik knjiga in Zagreb.
Miro’s publishers Mozaik Books from Zagreb published his new
novel THE TEACHER OF MY DREAMS,. Zoran Maljkovic edited the book.
Miro Gavran’s play „It’s hard to say Good-By“ was published
in literary magazine BALKANI number 1 for 2006 in Sofia.Translation on
bulgarian language was done by Alexandra Liven.
Gavran’s play WANTED A NEW HUSBEND is to be premiered on
March 21. in Bratislava,Slovakia, in Theatre „WEST“ in Jan Jankovic
translation. Ljubo Roman is directing, and players will be Zuzana
Tluckova, Joža Procko and Marian Labuda. Author will be present on
On March 28. in Athene,in Dythiramvos Theatre, will be
premiere of Gavran’s play „Dr. Freud patient“ in Lia Karavia
translation.Directing by Mihalis Zografidis, playing by Mihalis
Zografidis, Yannis Katsambas and Efi Nihoriti.
Gavran’s play, How to Kill the President, will be published
in book form in Paris by Theatron Noctuabundi in March. It has been
translated into French by Yves-Alexandre Tripkovic, who is also the
editor of the book.
The theatrologist, Sanja Nikcevic, has written the Preface.
Miro will be the representative of Croatia at the Leipzig
Book Fair, and will be launching the German edition of his novel Judith
there at 14:45 (2.45 pm) on March 16, as part of the Small Languages –
Great Literature programme. Andreas Maloris, the writer from Cyprus,
will also be presented.
Alida Bremer will be the moderator, and extracts from the work will be read by the German actor, Thorsten Giese.
Gavran’s play How to Kill the President will be premiered at
the Theatre S’Ensemble in Augsburg in Germany on March 18, directed by
Heiko Dietz. The play has been translated into German by Berislav
Vranesic, and the players are: Sandra Lehmann, Daniela Nering, Johannes
Haag and David Scholz.
The Croatian Theatre in Pécs, Hungary will premiere Gavran’s
comedy, The Cheerful Rectangle on March 20, directed by Stjepan
The cast: Stjepan Djuric, Slaven Vidakovic, Tatjana Bertok-Zupkovic and Nela Kocis.
A stage reading will be given of Gavran’s play George
Washington’s Loves for World Theatre Day (March 27) at the “Theatron tis
Imeras” in Athens, Greece.
The play has been translated into Greek and will be directed
by Lia Karavia. Mirna Milion will be playing Silvia, while the role of
Martha Washington will be played by Lia Karavia. The International
Playwright’s Forum, Hellenic Centre of the International Theatre
Institute and the Association of Greek Playwrights has organised this
presentation as part of the celebration of World Theatre Day in Greece.
Gavran’s drama Chekhov Says Goodbye to Tolstoy is to be
premiered on February 25 in Washington in a Rockville Little Theatre
production in Ellen Elias-Bursac’s translation. Alexander Fraser is
directing, and the players will be Stephen Rourke (Tolstoy), Melissa
Leebaert (Sofya), Michael Harris (Chekhov) and Jessica Hansen (Olga).
Gavran’s play All About Women is to be premiered on February 3
at the Ludowy Theatre in Cracow, Poland. The play has been translated
into Polish by Anna Tuszynska, Pawel Szumiec is directing, and the
actors are: Marta Bizon, Magdalena Niec and Beata Schimscheiner.
The Zagreb publishers Mosaic Books published the second
edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel for young people, Head Over Heels
in Love, and the third edition of his novel for young people How Dad Won
Mum. Both novels were edited by Zoran Maljkovic, while Niko Barun did
the illustrations. The books came out in Mosaic’s collection, Miro
Gavran for Young People.
Gavran’s novel TRY TO FORGET was published in Bulgarian by
„Balkani Publishers“, Sofia. The translation into Bulgarian was done by
Miro’s comedy WANTED – A NEW HUSBAND was premiered in the
Lusatian- Sorbian language at the „Lusation-Sorbian National Theatre“ in
Bautzen in Germany on November 5. Lubina Hajduk-Veljkovicowa translated
the play, Jasa Jamnik directed it, the dramaturge was Dorothea Solcina,
and the lead parts were played by Petra Wenzel-Bulankec, Jan Mikan and
At the 57th International Book Fair, Frankfurt, on 21st
October (Friday) at 12 noon, the promotion will take place of:
„MIRO GAVRAN’S NOVEL „JUDITH“ – IN TEN LANGUAGES (Croatian,
Catalan, English, Norwegian, Esperanto, German, Slovakian, Slovenian,
CROATIAN EXHIBITION STAND: Hall 5.0, C 956
At the promotion will speak about Gavran’s novel „Judith“.
SRECKO LIPOVCAN, Zajednica nakladnika Hrvatske, Zagreb
JASEN BOKO, literary critic, Split
MARIA SEIFERT, „Seifert Verlag“, Vienna
ALEXANDER GUZMAN, „Azbooka Publishers“, Petrograd
KIRSTEN ENGELSTAD, „Engelstad Forlag“, Oslo
MIRO GAVRAN, author , Zagreb
In the first week of October, Miro Gavran’s novel „John The
Baptist“ will be published in pocket edition by Mozaik Knjiga, Zagreb.
The editor is Zoran Malkovic. This is the third Croatian edition of this
book, the previous two being hardbacks.
During the last week of September, Miro Gavran’s novel
„Judith“will be published in Vienna, Austria in German. The publisher is
SEIFERT VERLAG, it was translated into German by Hans-Joackim Lanksch,
and the editor was Maria Seifert.
In the National Theatre of Brno, Czech Republic, the premier
of Miro Gavran’s drama George Washington’s Loves will take place. It was
translated into Czech by Hana Drozdova- Nejezchlebova, director: Roman
Groszmann, dramatic advisor: Jan Sotkovsky, set and costumes: Sylva
Markova, actors: Tereza Grygarova (Martha) and Zuzana Scerbova (Silva)
The GAVRAN theatre of Zagreb will on the 24th of September
perform the first night of Gavran’s drama „Creone’s Antigone“ in the
Gradsko Kažalište in Karlovac „Zorin dom“: director: Georgij Paro,
costumes: Irena Sušac, scene director: Aljoša Paro, actors : Zvonimir
Zoricic ( Creon ) i Dora Fišter ( Antigone ).
Miro Gavran’s play „Nora in Our Time“ was published in theater magazine KAZALISTE 21/22.
Miro’s comedy Drivers for All Seasons or Herzegovinians at
the Wheel will be premiered on July 2, 2005 in Zagreb in the Histrion
Acting Company’s production, with Zoran Mužic directing. Arsen Dedic has
composed the music, Elvira Ulip has designed the costumes, and Marta
Crnobrna is the scenographer. The actors: Zvonimir Zoricic, Slavica
Kneževic, Siniša Popovic, Marija Boric and Ivica Purcar.
Gavran’s drama How to Kill the President was premiered on
June 13 at the Kamerni [Chamber] Theatre 55 in Sarajevo, directed by
Gradimir Gojer. Irena Žic designed the sets and costumes, while Zehra
Kreho was the dramaturge. Admir Glamocak, Alen Muratovic, Jasna Ornela
Bery and Sabina Bambur made up the cast.
Mosaic Books published the 5th edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel Judith
Mosaic Book published the 3rd edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel Happy Days
It was announced that Miro Gavran had been awarded the
Ministry of Culture’s Marin Držic Prize for his play Nora Today. The
award was given to him at the Marul’s Days Theatre Festival in Split,
where the ensemble of the Croatian National Theatre in Split gave a
stage reading of the play, directed by Ivan Leo Lemo.
The 4th edition in Croatian of Gavran’s novel All Sorts of Things in My Head was published by Mosaic Books.
March 21 – The premiere performance of Gavran’s play Dr
Freud’s Patient, translated into Greek and directed by Lia Karavia, was
given at the Theatro tis Imeras in Athens, Greece.
Before the curtain went up, the critic Jasen Boko spoke about
Miro Gavran’s place in the Croatian theatre context, and the author
aswered questions from audience members after the performance.
February 23 – THE THEATRE PLAYS OF MIRO GAVRAN, a book by
Prof. Gordana Muzaferija from Sarajevo University, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
was launched at the Villa Arko in Zagreb. On 300 pages, she writes about
all the 34 plays that Miro has written to date. The book was published
by the Croatian Centre of ITI-UNESCO. The author, Gordana Muzaferija,
the book’s editor Sanja Nikcevic, Željka Turcinovic, president of the
Croatian Centre of ITI-UNESCO, and the theatrologist Boris Senker spoke
at the book’s launching.
February 6 – Gavran’s play All About Women, in Czech
translation by Jiri Vobecky and Vlatka Soucek-Kapetanovic, directed by
Jane Janekova, was premiered at the Šlesko Theatre in Opava, Czech
February 5 – The premiere of Gavran’s play, Shakespeare and
Elizabeth, directed by Jiri Vobesky and translated into Czech by Vlatka
Soucek-Kapetanovic and Jiri Vobesky, was held at the Horacko Theatre in
Jihlava, Czech Republic.
Mozaic Books, Zagreb published the 4th edition of Miro Gavran’s short stories entitled Small Unusual People.
The drama by the Croatian author Miro Gavran “All about
Women” will have two premieres abroad, one day after the other. The
first premiere will take place on 14th January in Buenos Aires in the
renowned theatre “Teatro del Nudo” and will be directed by the leading
Argentine director Manuel Jedwabny. The actors in the play will be Ana
Yovino, Stella Matute and Maria Comesana. The drama was translated into
Spanish by Alejandra Sanchez, Maria Rosa Pfeiffer i Nicolas Costa.
The following day, 15th January, in the Mestno gledališce in
Ljubljana, the Slovenian premiere of Gavran’s drama, directed by Barbara
Hieng – Samobor, with the actors Bernarda Oman, Karin Komljanec i Jette
Ostan – Vejrup. Alenka Klabus – Vesel translated the drama into
This unusual Gavran drama, in which each of three actresses
plays five roles,has had premieres in Zagreb, Sarajevo and in the
Slovakian towns of Košice and Trnava.
Miro Gavran’s comedy “My Wife’s Husband” had a first night on
December 21st, 2004 in “Saranda Cultural Centre”, in Saranda in
Albania. Kastriot Cipi translated play into Albanian language and Spiro
Duni is director.
November 30 – The GAVRAN Theatre gave the gala 100th performance of Gavran’s monodrama Hotel Babylon.
November 15 – It was officially announced in Dublin that Miro
Gavran’s novel John the Baptist, translated into English by Laura
Gudim, had been nominated for the INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY
AWARD FOR 2005. Nominated writers have included leading names in world
literature, such as: Günter Grass, Paul Auster, Anita Brookner, J.M.
Coetzee, Mario Vargas Llosa . . .
November 8 to 20 – Gavran’s novel, Forgotten Son, was broadcast as a radio-novel in 5 episodes on Croatian Radio.
November 4 – the FX Saldy Theatre in Liberec, Czech Republic
performed Miro Gavran’s play George Washington’s Loves in the Czech
November 3 – the BRETT Theatre in Vienna, Austria performed
Gavran’s play How to Kill the President in the German language.
Mosaic Books from Zagreb published the 6th edition in Croatian of Miro’s novel Clara.
The renowed AZBOOKA publishing house from St Petersburg,
Russia, published Miro Gavran’s novel Judith in its Russian translation
by Natalija Vagapova.
Miro’s Zagreb publishers Mozaik Books from Zagreb published
his new novel Pontius Pilate, whose hero is the man who sentenced Jesus
Christ to death. The entire novel is in the first person, with Pontius
Pilate himself narrating his life story from early childhood to ten
years after Christ’s cruxifiction.
Zoran Maljkovic edited the book and the Introduction was written by the literary critic, Mladen Urem.
THE SECOND GAVRANFEST IN SLOVAKIA
The J. Kocanowski Theatre in Czestochowa in Poland will
premiere the comedy My Wife’s Husband, directed by Monika Kekus, on
October 9. Anna Tuszynska translated the play into Polish.
The GAVRAN Theatre will be giving the first performance of
Miro Gavran’s new comedy, LAUGHING PROHIBITED, in Zagreb on October 3.
Zoran Mužic is the play’s director and the leading roles will be played
by: Tomislav Martic, Mladena Gavran and Antonija Stanišic. The sets are
by Marta Crnobrnja, and the costumes by Djurdja Janes.
Mozaik Books from Zagreb published the 5th edition of Miro
Gavran’s novel Forgotten Son and the 3rd edition of his novel How We
Broke Our Legs.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Happy Days” will be published in
Albanian language in Tirana, in translation of Shpresa Vreto and publish
by “Andersen Publishing House”.
Miro Gavran’s play “Death of an Actor” will have a first
night by “Theatre Unit” on July 27th in Bombay in “The Space Theatre”.
Director of a play is Satyadev Dubey, who’s also acting main character
named Tom, while Sonali Kulkarni is acting Eve.
On July 27th there will be a first night of a monoplay
“Judith” in Beijing, based by the Miro Gavran’s same named novel in
performance by “Theatre group Ponto”. Monoplay will be played in
Esperanto language at 89th world congress of Esperanto. Main actress is
Vida Jerman and adaptation of a novel is made by Maja Gregl. Director is
On June 16th “Theatroom noctuabundi” had a first night in
Paris in Theatre de Nesle of a Gavran’s play “Creon’s Antigone” in
translation of Caroline Dukic. Yves-Alexander Tripkovi directs itc,
while the main actors are Mathieu Barbier and Marie Broche.
On June 17th it was a first night of a Gavran’s play “Checkov
Says Good-Bye to Tolstoy” in “Ecole Florent” in Paris, in translation
of Caroline Dukic and direction of Andrea Pucnik. The actors are Regis
de Closets, Thomas Dewynter, Samuel Ferret, Virgine Niclase and Andrea
Miro Gavran’s play “Forget Hollywood” will be performed for
the first time on 8th May in the Slovakian Chamber Theatre, Martin,
Slovakia. The translator was Jan Jankovic, the director Michal Nahlik
and the actors Martin Hornak and Marek Geisperg.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Judith” was published in the Norwegian
language in Oslo by “Engelstad Forlag”. The translator was Britt Bakker
Haugen, and the editor Kirsten Engelstad.
For the comedy “Laughing Forbidden” Miro Gavran received the “Marin Drzic” Award of the Croatian Ministry of Culture.
The comedy “My Wife’s Husband” was performed for the first
time in the Ludovy Theatre in Krakow, Poland. The translator was Anna
Tuszynska, the director Tomasz Obara, and the actors Andrzej Franczyk
and Jacek Strama.
Miro Gavran’s novel “Forgotten Son” will be published in
Vienna, Austria in German with the title “Angel from Omorina”. The
publisher is SEIFERT VERLAG, it was translated into German by
Hans-Joachim Lanksch, and the editor was Marija Seifert.
Miro Gavran’s new drama, “How to Kill the President” in which
the main hero is an antiglobalist, has its Croatian premiere on 6th
March in ITD in Zagrebu. The producer is Zoran Muzic, and the actors
are: Marko Torjanac, Luka Dragic, Mladena Gavran and Natalija
?ordevic.(Djordjevic). The music is composed by Mate Matišic, the set
designer is Aleksandar Bezinovic, and the costume designer is ?urda
The publishing house Mozaik knjiga in Zagreb published the
5th edition of Gavran’s novel “Clara” in the Croatian language.
Gavran’s drama “Death of an Actor” was performed in India in
the Marathi language in the”Centre of Performing Arts” in the city of
The 4th edition of Miro Gavran’s novel “JUDITH” os published
in Croatian by the publishing house “Mozaik knjiga”, Zagreb.
The “Jana Palarika” Theatre, from Trnav, Slovakia, was a
guest performer with Miro Gavran’s drama “NIGHT OF THE GODS”, directed
by Michal Babiak, in Slovenia and Croatia, where they gave three
performances in Varaždin, Zagreb and Celje.
The “Jana Palarika” Theatre, in Trnav, Slovakia, performed
the premiere of Miro Gavran’s “All About Women”, translated by Jan
Jankovic, and directed by Michal Babiak. The dramaturge at the
performance was Mirka Cibenkova, the scenographer Jan Zavarsky, and the
costume designer Eva Farkašova. The actors were Dagmar Bajnokova, Andrea
Karnasova, Nina Kocanova, Tatiana Kuliškova and Zuzana Šebova.
Miro Gavran took part in the 3rd International Literature
Festival in Berlin, at which he introduced his novel “Forgotten Son” to
the public in several literary performances.
In Zagreb, the 4th Croatian edition of Gavran’s novel
“Forgotten Son” is published by Mozaik Books. – In Kiev in the journal
“Young Ukraine”, two of Gavran’s dramas are published: “All About Women”
i “Dr. Freud’s Patient”. Translation into Ukranian was done by Jurij
In Tehran, Iran, Gavran’s drama “George Washington’s Loves”
is published in Persian, in the journal AZ NAMAYESH, no.2.
Miro Gavran’s book “FIVE DRAMAS” was published in Paris,
translated by Philippe Gelez, Yves-Alexandre Tripkovia and Caroline
Dukia. In the book, Gavran’s dramas Creon’s Antigone, Chekhov Says
Good-bye to Tolstoy, Death Of An Actor, Shakespeare and Elizabeth, Night
of the Gods are presented. The publisher is Theatroom Noctuabundi, and
the editor is Yves-Alexandre Tripkovia.
Miro Gavran’s book “Dramas and Comedies II” was published in
Slovakian in Bratislava. In the book, six of Gavran’s theatrical texts
are presented: Creon’s Antigone, Night of the Gods, Chekov Says Good-bye
to Tolstoy, All About Women, Forget Hollywood, How to Kill The
President. The dramas have been translated into Slovakian by Jan
Miro Gavran’s novel “JUDITH” was translated into Russian in
the eminent literary journal “Inozemna literatura” in the 4th edition
for April in Moscow. Natalija Mihaljovna Vagapova did the translation.
The novel “CLARA” by Miro Gavran was released in Turkish, and published by the Dharma publishing house in Istanbul.
Gavran’s play “DEATH OF AN ACTOR” was included in an
anthology called “Different Voices – Eight Contemporary Croatian Plays”
arranged by dr. Boris Senker, from the Croatian Centre of ITI – UNESCO
in Zagreb, in the “Mansioni” Library.
The literary journal MOST/THE BRIDGE in its first edition for
this year, is dedicated to the literary work of Miro Gavran, so that in
the first part of the journal we have an interview in English with Miro
Gavran, conducted by Srecko Lipovcan, and in the second part of the
journal, the French translation of Gavran’s play “DEATH OF AN ACTOR” by
Yves -Alexandre Tripkovic and Philippe Gelez is published.
The literary journal “Republika” which comes out in Zagreb in
the edition “The Croatian Writers Association” dedicated its third
edition this year to the prose and drama work of Miro Gavran. Gordana
Muzaferija, Milovan Tatarin, Antun Paveskovic and Ivan J.Boskovic write
The first theatre festival in Europe to be dedicated to the
work of a living author was held in Trnava, Slovakia under the name
GAVRANFEST. Since six theatres in Slovakia are currently producing
Gavran’s dramas and comedies (in Bratislava, Trnava, Pre±ovo, Ko±ice,
Zvolen, and Banska Bistrica), the dramaturge Michal Babiak and the
theatre director Emil Nedielka organised the GAVRANFEST at the Divadlo
Jana Palavika in Trvnavo on February 24 and 25. Along with Miro Gavran,
there were guests at the Festival from a number of countries. The
Festival was officially opened by the Croatian Ambassador, Her
Excellency Andrea Gustovia-Ercegovac. A symposium, Contemporary Central
European Drama, was held as an adjunct to the Festival. The GAVRANFEST
attracted considerable interest among the Slovakian theatre-going
public, and in the media in Slovakia, Croatia and other countries.
Creon’s Antigone and Other Dramas (including the plays
Creon’s Antigone, Shakespeare and Elizabeth, Chekhov Says Good-bye to
Tolstoy, My Wife’s Hunband, and All About Women) was published by the
Kseigarnia Akademicku (Institute for Polish Studies) in Cracow, Poland.
Gavran’s Night of the Gods was premiered in the Slovakian
language at the Trnavski Divadlo Theatre in Trnavo, Slovakia. It was
directed by Michal Bubink.
A Samll Unusual Man (Fossil), Gavran’s radio monodrama, broadcast on Croatian Radio on January 25, 2003
The novel John the Baptist came out in its second edition, published by Mosaic Books from Zagreb
Gavran’s play Chekhov Says Good-Bye to Tolstoy was published
in the Macedonian language in the Anthology of Croatian Drama. The plays
were selected by the eminent Croatian theatrologist, Sanja Nikeevia,
PhD, who wrote the Foreword to the book, published by the Faculty of
Dramatic Art in Skopje, Macedonia.
November 26 – The JAK Theatre from Mali Lo±inj gave its first
night performance of Miro Gavran’s comedy Tycoons with Ivica Kuneevia
Miro’s short story In the River’s Embrace was included in the
Anthology of 20th Century Croatian Short Stories compiled by Ivan
Dorovski. The Czech language translation of the Anthology… was
published by “Boskovic: Albert”. The story was translated by Marek
November 11 – The Loves of George Washington was premiered in
Bratislava, Slovakia at the “V – Divadlo” Theatre, directed by Michel
Babiuk and translated by Jan Jankovia. Scenography and costumes: Eva
Farkasova; Dramaturgy: Jana Liptakova; Leading Roles: Katarina Mrazova
and Katarina Strbakova
November 2 – All About Women was premiered by the “Statna
divadlo Ko±ice” in Ko±ice, Slovakia. The play was translated into
Slovakian by Jan Jankovia. Director: Du±an Bajin; Dramaturgy: Monika
Michnova; Sets: Alena Agricolova; Costumes: Anita Szokeova; Cast: Beata
Drotarova, Dana Kosicka, and Alena Duranova
November 8 – Hotel Babylon, a monodrama with eleven
characters, was premiered in a GAVRAN Theatre production in Zagreb. Aida
Bukvia was the director, and Mladena Gavran played all 11 roles.
Miro Gavran’s novel Judith was nominated in Dublin, Ireland
for the highly regarded INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2003.
Nominated writers have included leading names in world literature such
as Mario Vargas Llosa, V.S. Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Hanif Kureishi,
Nick Hornby, David Lodge, Laura Esquivel, John Irving, Doris Lessing…
Over the last twenty months, Gavran’s Judith has gone through 3 editions
in the Croatian language and it has been published in Slovenian,
English, French and Slovakian, with the Russian translation coming out
October 30 – The play George Washington’s Loves was premiered
at the “Ars Longa” Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria, directed by Miroslav
October 23 – the first night of Night of the Gods at the
“Sofia” Theatre in Sofia. The play was translated by Alexandra Liven and
directed by Ivan Urumov. The Cast: Do±i Do±ev, Ivailo Geresakov and
ARISTEJ from Maribor, Slovenia published Gavran’s novel for
children Happy Days in Emica Antoneia’s translation into Slovenian.
October 5 – The Marin Drµia Theatre company from Dubrovnik
gave a premier performance of Gavran’s comedy It’s Time for Comedy,
directed by Nina Kleflin.
“Dr. Freud’s Patient” had a first night at the Theatre ARGO
in Sombor on August 11th. Olivera ?or?evia directed it. Produced by
Lidija Eerfelj. The actors are Biljana Keskenovia, Radoje Eupia and
“George Washington’s Loves” had a first night at “Slovenian
National theatre Celje” from Celje. Translated into Slovenian: Alenka
Bole Vrabec Directed by: Marjan Berk Dramatised: Tina Kosi The actors:
Manca Ogorevc and Jagoda Jagoda
“Creon’s Antigona” had a first night at Slovenian National
Theatre Celje in Celje. Stane Potisk translated it into Slovenian.
Marjan Berk directed the play. Dramatised: Tina Kosi. The actors: Mario
©elih and Barbara Vidovie
“THE BAPTIST”, Miro Gavran’s latest novel was published in
Zagreb by MOSAIC BOOKS. Zoran Maljkovic was the editor. In a big format
hard cover book over 300 pages, a story about Salome and two pupils of
John the Baptist and Salome. One of the heroes is Jesus Christ himself.
The 3rd edition of the novel “Judith” was published by MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb
My Wife’s Husband premiered at the Jona± Zaborski Theatre in
Pre±evo, Slovakia on June 29. The play was directed by the well-known
Slovakian director Matu± Olha. Dr Jan Jankovia translated the play into
The animated film, The Monument, for which Miro Gavran wrote
the script (director and animator: Jurinko Raia), was premiered in Zlin,
Czech Republic, at the International Children’s Film Festival.
The 3rd edition of the novel, Clara, was published by MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb. Zoran Maljkovia was the editor.
EDIP, Zagreb published Three Comedies containing three of
Miro Gavran’s plays: It’s Time for Comedy, Tycoons, and Drivers for All
Times. The editor was Ivo ®igia.
VETRNE MLYNY , the publishers from Brno, Czech Republic,
published a selection of Miro’s plays – Chekhov Says Good-Bye to
Tolstoy, Dr Freud’s Patient, and Night of the Gods – under the title
TRANSFORMATIONS. They were translated into the Czech language by Dagmar
MOSAIC BOOKS from Zagreb published the 3rd edition (hard-cover) of Miro Gavran’s All Sorts of Things in My Head
At a press conference held on January 30 at the Croatian
Centre for Children’s Books, it was announced that Miro Gavran’s novel
Forgotten Son had been selected for the IBBY 2002 Honour List. Dr
Milovan Tatarin spoke about the novel, emphasising its literary quality
and human character, since the author had managed in an exceptionally
warm way to present his hero, a mildly mentally retarded twenty-year-
old. Ranka Javor, director of the Centre, said that the IBBY Honour List
award ceremony would take place in Basel, Switzerland in September 2002
during the IBBY Congress which would be held there, celebrating the
50th anniversary of the organisation’s existence.
Dr Boris Senker, author of the Anthology of Recent Croatian
Drama – Part II, selected two of Miro Gavran’s plays for inclusion in
the book: Creon’s Antigone and Chekhov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy
The play Chekhov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy was broadcast on Croatian Radio.
Slovakian Radio in Bratislava broadcast Miro’s novel Judith
in episodes. The translation was done by Dr Jana Jankovic.
November 21 – Miro Gavran gave a lecture about his work and
Croatian literature at the Sorbonne University in Paris. He was invited
there by Prof. Zoran Bundyk, and Luka Tripkovia helped with the
organisation of the visit. As part of the lecture, Miro launched the
French version of his novel Judith in the translation by Philippe Gelez,
Edi Milo± and Yves-Alexandre Tripkovia. Both Judith and the play Night
of the Gods (the latter translated by Philippe Gelez and Yves-Alexandre
Tripkovia) have been published by Theatroom Noctuabundi. On the second
day of his visit, Miro attended a theatre performance of the adaptation
of his Night of the Gods performed by Slavic Studies students, directed
by Prof. Sava Andjelkovia.
Novemeber 27 – the first night of Gavran’s comedy The Merry
Rectangle re-entitled Sex, Lies and Strudl, at the ZARES ZAHES TEATER in
Ljubljana, Slovenia, translated by Meta ©tular
November 29 – four hundred young fans of Miro Gavran’s
writing came together in Nova Gradi±ka in Slavonia, Croatia to found the
Miro Gavran Fan Club, the first such club in Croatia devoted to a
writer. The idea for the club came from Ms Biljana Dakia, the chief
librarian at the Nova Gradi±ka Library, with the City Museum and the
Matija Antun Relkovia Open University also taking part. There was an
exhibition of selected art work by elementary school pupils, based on
themes from Miro’s books for children. There was also an exhibition at
the Open University’s foyer, presenting a cross section of his work,
showing his books published in Croatia and abroad, theatre posters,
family photos and press articles – and a great time was had by all.
October, 2001. The first night on October 5 at the Epilog Theatre in
Zagreb of the second version of Miro Gavran’s play It’s Hard to Say
Good-bye. Directed by: Robert Raponja The Players: Edita Majia, Zlatko
Oµbolt, Matija Prskalo/Dora Polia
Croatian Television gave a premiere airing to Miro Gavran’s
TV drama, The Loves of George Washington. Miro Me?imorec’s theatre
direction was adapted by Edo Galia. The Players: Branka Cvitkovia and
The presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany of the
3rd edition of Miro’s novel Judith – in three languages (Croatian,
Slovenian, and Slovakian) – at the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany at
midday on October 13. September, 2001. Miro Gavran’s novel “Judith” was
published in Bratislava, Slovakia, by Juga Publisher, translated by Jan
Published translations into Slovenian of two of Miro Gavran’s
novels were launched in Ljubljana, Slovenia at the Slovenian Writers’
Association premises: Margita published by Mladinska Knjiga, and Judith,
published by Orbis. The books were introduced by the editors, Ale±
Berger and Andrej Poznia, the translater Janez Kajzer, with a word or
two from Miro. August, 2001. Mozaik knjiga from Zagreb will print Miro
Gavran’s book “Selected plays”. In that 440 pages long book are 12 plays
written in last twenty years
Mladinska knjiga – Slovenian leding publisher, will print
Miro Gavran’s novel “Margita” July, 2001. On World Esperando Congress in
Zagreb, in Croatian national theatre Miro Gavran’s play “Maria
Terezia’s longest day” will be premiered by theatrical group Ponto. It
will be directed by Ivica Kuncevic. Actors: Vida Jerman, Ivica Pucar i
Zarko Savic. June, 2001. 2nd edition of Gavran’s novel “Clara” was
published by Mozaik knjiga
Delo – Slovenian leading daily newspaper started publishing
in episodes Miro Gavran’s novel “Margita” translated into Slovenian May,
2001. Miro Gavran’s comedy “Drivers for All Time”, premiered in Zagreb
on May, 18th April, 2001. Miro Gavran’s comedy It’s Time for Comedy will
be premiered on April 4 at the JAK Theatre on the Adriatic island of
Mali Lo±inj, directed by Ivica Kuneevia.
Miro’s comedy Drivers for All Time, directed by Robert
Raponja, will be premiered in Pula on April 8 as a co-production between
the Comedy Theatre from Zagreb and the Istrian National Theatre. March,
2001. Croatian Radio broadcast Miro’s comedy The Tycoons on its first
programme. February, 2001. JUDITH, Miro Gavran’s latest novel, was
published in Zagreb by MOSAIC BOOKS. Marinko Krmpotia wrote the
introduction to the novel. January, 2001. Miro Gavran spent five days in
Slovakia. On January 18th, in Bratislava, his book of plays “Dramas and
comedies” was promoted in Association of Slovakian writers. About his
plays spoke: Dr. Jan Jankovie, translator, Dr. Anton Kret, Mikula±
Feher, chief of dramaturgy in theatre in Zvolen, and the author himself.
On 19th, in Zvolen, in “Theatre of Jozef Gregor Tajovskeho”,
in authors presence, was premier performance of the play “George
Washington’s Loves”. Directed by: Michal Nahlik, Dramaturgy: Michal
Babiak, Scene and Costumes: Jaroslav Valek, The Players: Svetlana
Sara±ova – Csudayova (Martha Washington) and Zuzana Kyzekova / Marianna
©krovinova (Washington’s mistress Sylvia). December, 2000. A book,
“Drames and Comedies” published in Bratislava, Slovakia, by Juga
Publisher, translated by Jan Jankovic. The book contains seven texts.
Croatian television in Zagreb is filming Gavran’s play George
Washington’s loves as a TV drama November, 2000. Croatian television in
Zagreb is making a half-hour long brodcast about Miro Gavran and his
literary work October, 2000. First night of the play All About Women at
the Epilogue Theatre in Zagreb. Directed by: Nina Kleflin The Players:
Doris ©aria-Kukuljica, Ksenija Pajia, and Mladena Gavran September, 2000
At the Kameni teatar 55 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina – premier
performance of the play Chekhov Says Good-bye to Tolstoy. Directed by:
Gradimir Gojer The Players: Zoran Beeia, Kaaa Doria, Rijad Ljutovia, and
Ana Vilenica, Ljubljana, Slovenia – Orbis published Gavran’s novel
Forgotten Son in its Slovenian translation. Editor: Andrej Poznic
August, 2000. Delo, Slovenia’s leading daily newspaper, will be
publishing in episodes Miro Gavran’s novel Forgotten Son, translated
into Slovenian July, 2000. Miro Gavran is conducting the Drama Writing
School at the 5th International Theatre Festival in Pula, Istria June,
2000. Miro Gavran’s Margita, adapted into a radio-novel, was broadcast
in episodes on Croatian Radio May, 2000 Miro Gavran Gavran’s play
“Forget Hollywood” performed by The Epilog Theater company is on tour
from May, 4th to May, 24th in Canada and The U.S.A., visiting the
following cities: Toronto, Montreal, L.A., New York…
From April 10 to 14 Miro Gavran was on a literary tour in
Switzerland. On April 11 he gave a lecture on his literary work at the
Institute for Slavic and Baltic languages in Bern. The next day, on
April 12, he had a literary evening at the Croatian Embassy in Bern.
The 2nd edition of Gavran’s novel Margita was published by Mozaik Knjiga, edited by Zoran Maljkovic
Three Plays (Shakespeare and Elizabeth, Death of an Actor,
Royalty and Rogues) by Gavran will be appearing in book form in English,
published by The Bridge. The foreword to the book was written by Dr.
Sanja Nikcevic, theatre critic and chairperson of the Croatian Centre of
ITI. Edited by Drazen Katunaric
Croatian Television showed its production of Gavran’s play Forget Hollywood on its first programme.
The 3rd edition of Gavran’s novel Forgotten Son was published by MOZAIK KNJIGA, edited by Zoran Maljkovic.
Miro Gavran was invited to take part in the broadly-based
international PAX DANUBIANA art drive in Regesburg, Germany. Artists
from 9 European countries will be taking part. Gavran will participate
with his story In the River’s Embrace. The invitation came from Ms
Regina Hellwig-Schmidt who conceived the entire manifestation. Ms Ursula
Schlicher, vice-Chair of the European Parliament is the patron of this
activity in the arts.
The Epilogue Theatre in Zagreb gave its premiere of Miro
Gavran’s Night of the Gods with Zoran Muzic directing. This is the 12th
premiere performance of Gavran’s new play. Soon after the Zagreb
performance, the Epilog company set out on a major tour with the play
Two of Gavran’s plays were published in German as Zwei Dramen (Creon’s Antigone and Night of the Gods).
The My Theatre [Moje Gledalist’e] troupe from Ljubljana,
Slovenia’s capital, premiered Gavran’ comedy, The Return of My Wife’s
Husband in Slovenian [Ljubeznik najne zene], directed by Marjan Bevk.
Miro Gavran went to Hungary’s capital, Budapest, to receive
the Best Central European Writer of the Year prize, awarded by CENTRAL
EUROPEAN TIME, a non-government organisation. The ten-member jury’s
decision was unanimous. In the amplification of its decision, the Jury
wrote: “Endeavouring to understand and justify all of his heroes, Gavran
shows himself to be an artist who sketches our time and the reality
which surrounds us with contemporary sensibility and an open heart. It
is no accident that the central place in the majority of his dramas and
plays is taken by a woman, whose richness of character and still
hampered position in society are described by Gavran in a realistic and
evocative manner, making his female characters likeable and
understandable… Gavran is an author who manages to give universal
themes the spirit of the everyday and the human, and who, when dealing
with the local, speaks out in an universal language.”
The Istrian National Theatre’s and Pula Summer Festival’s premiere of Creon’s Antigone, directed by Robert Raponja.
- As part of the Playwrights Conference, Miro Gavran’s tragicomedy Royalty and Rogues was performed at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford. Nina Kleflin directed, and the dramaturg was Richard Kalinoski. The members of the cast were John Seitz, Bryan Clark, Deborah Offner, Albert Macklin, Mara Lieberman, Tim Devlin, Elizabeth Anne Keiser, Sharon Freedman, Lacey Bartlett, Casey Murphy and Seth Barron.