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                                                                                                March 29, 2004


CUA to Stage Marin Drzic’s ‘Uncle Maroje’ April 21-25, 2004

CUA Drama Troupe Invited to Present the Work at Croatia’s Famed Dubrovnik Festival


In April, Catholic University’s Department of Drama will present a new adaptation of “Uncle Maroje,” a work by a 16-century Croatian playwright whose style has been compared to William Shakespeare’s for its wit and rich tableau of Renaissance life. 


Newly translated and adapted by CUA drama professors Naum Panovski and Roland Reed, the production will run April 21 through 25 at the university’s Hartke Theatre. (For directions, visit: http://welcome.cua.edu/).  Written in 1550 by playwright Marin Drzic, the play is a delightful picture of life in 16-century Croatia and Rome with themes that would show up a century later in Shakespeare’s writing.


The CUA drama department also will present its production of “Uncle Maroje” July 11 and 12 at the 55th annual Dubrovnik Festival in Croatia. One of the oldest theater festivals in Europe, the Dubrovnik Festival invites a select group of performers from around the world to participate in the internationally recognized event. CUA’s participation marks the first time that a university theater production has been invited to perform at the festival — a member of the European Festivals Association since 1956.


Along with the play, the CUA drama department will host a daylong conference titled Marin Drzic, Dubrovnik and Renaissance on April 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the university’s Callan Theatre.


Directed by Naum Panovski, an internationally recognized theater director, the CUA production also draws on the talents of well-known Croatian set designer Marin Gozze, who has worked with the Academy Award-wining director Jirzy Mencel, and Romanian costume designer and artist Smaranda Branescu, who has partnered with world-renowned theater directors Liviu Culei, Lucian Pintilei and Robert Wilson.


Both the on-campus and Dubrovnik productions are presented with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia.


SHOWTIMES: 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21, through Saturday, April 24

           2 p.m., Sunday, April 25


TICKETS: For ticket information, call 202-319-4000. Tickets are $12 for general admission, $8 for

    seniors, and $5 for students and children under 16.


MEDIA: Contact Chris Harrison or Katie Lee, 202-319-5600, to inquire about interviews with the

 cast or production staff.




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