THE HEATER , Atelje 212, 1969.
Directed by Petar Teslic
Cast: Bozidar Stosic, Dusan Golumbovski, Jelica Teslic
This is a fairy-like tale about a man torn by the necessity of accepting compromises which life among people demands and his need to preserve the innocence of authentic goodness which cannot bear clashes, competing, interest in material goods. His love of an imaginary woman of all times is at risk when a real woman appears. In order to survive in the so-called reality his inner self has to vanish.
It is a dramatic life story of any human being, or more precisely, a tragedy.
The Heater was performed some years later by the Vozdovac Community Amateur Group at the Belgrade Amateur Theatre Festival directed by Dragan Vojnov. The artistic value of their performing significantly outpassed the one of professional actors at the opening night. But in either case the play was not fully understood or recognized.
Objects in the Garden, Teatar Levo, 1970.
Directed by Nenad Momcilovic
After the premiere in the Youth Centre and one show more the play was stealthily left out of the repertoire since it was censored in accordance with the amateur activities censorship as an inappropriate satire at the expense of allegedly despotic rule of Josip Broz Tito, the unquestioned master of Yugoslavia at that time.
An innocent poet falls in love with the daughter of a tyrant. They play, they have fun, make love until the tyrant finds out what is going on. Since the poet is not the right person to be his son-in-law he has to be moved away. But thanks to the ingenious idea of the princess whom Father loves so tenderly the poet can stay at the court where he receives the attention which a princess's husband- to- be fully deserves.
This oneiroic play was performed at the Zagreb International Students' Theatres Festival when the author was awarded a plaque and a statue for the text but those have never reached him. Amateur activities were closely watched by totalitarian censors in Zagreb ,too.
The Youth Studio for Dramatic Arts, Novi Sad 1972. Directed by Vlada Momcilovic
The Belgrade Drama Theatre
Directed by Zoran Ratkovic
Cast: Goran Sultanovic, Ljiljana Lasic, Bozidar Stosic, Tamara Miletic...
This is a comedy about a maladjusted young man who is refusing to grow up. He is struggling not to leave his infantile, irresponsible world, his need of anarchy which he takes for freedom...Everything is going on within his family.
The play was performed about a hundred times at theYugoslav Drama Theatre. Its presentation in Zagreb showed that the audience there had a better sense for the dramatic in it than the audience in Belgrade.
The Yugoslav Drama Theatre, Big Stage, 1977
The text was awarded the first prize at the contest organized by three theatres (The Yugoslav Drama Theatre in Belgrade ,The Serbian National Theatre in Novi Sad , The National Theatre in Nis ) which were therefore supposed to put it on stage. The Head of the Yugoslav Drama Theatre was Bajo Saranovic. The opening night was to be in May 1977., the cast was Ivan Jagodic, Milo Miranovic, Tanasije Uzunovic, Marija Milutinovic, Mirjana Vukojcic, Adem Cejvan, Toni Laurencic. The night before the premiere the performance was cancelled with no explanation. The other two theatres followed the example never even to try to fulfil their obligation. After some time the text was published in the magazine “The Stage”.
“ Construction Works” is in a way related to a folk legend in verse “Constructing the Town of Skadar on the Bojana River ”. There was a smell in the air of future destruction of Yugoslavia which could have been the reason for the ban.
Even The Invisible Likes Fireworks, 1981.
Award-winner at the contest Sedam Sekretara SKOJ-a in Zagreb
This burlesque depicts a quack who comes to power after eliminating all of his fellow revolutionaries. And even though there is no mention of any despot of the time, not of Broz either, a kind voice called from Zagreb to say that “the decision of the jury could not be respected”.
Vojo Soldatovic, the director of a Maribor Theatre, soon showed some interest in the play but the theatre was allegedly having some financial problems and therefore he was unable to carry out the project.
Borisav Mihajlovic Mihiz, the dramatist in the theatre Atelje 212, praised the text but he pointed out that the theatre company was not numerous enough (!) for the play to be put on stage.
The author has never again tried to publish the text.
The author, who was born at Vracar and had already had one of his drama plays performed in the Belgrade Drama Theatre (the community of Vracar), was invited by the managing board to put on stage the dramatized version of the novel. The contract was signed by the author and by Velizar Popovic, Head of the theatre.
The main subject of the play is how young Serbian intellectuals get pushed to the margines of the society so as to be out of way in the process of keeping up status quo (totalitarian regime).
After some serious critical remarks from the part of the Town Cmmittee of the Communist League the play was suspended without any further explanation. The author managed to get his fee only after the legal procedure.The play was published in the magazine “The stage” in 1983., March-April.
When Alojz Senk left and Jovan Cirilov took over the managing position in the Yugoslav Drama Theatre this play was no longer on the list of plays to be performed. The basis for this poetical and psychological comedy is a distant transposition of Molière's Don Jouan. The novelty in the story is that Don Jouan gets punished because he dared come too close to the authorities. The method of punishment is to corrupt him and so to destroy him.
This specific way of moral suicide spread among Serbian artists was not to be discussed.
The text was published in the magazine “The Stage”, 1986., Nov.-Dec.
“The Stage”, 1991., Nov-Dec
“.........Contemporary life is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Svetozar Vlajkovic the author of fiction and drama plays. In A Failure he deals with some characteristic situations and events that arise in the course of a man-woman relationship. He is showing some well-known and rather ordinary situations in everyday life of married couples in an almost incredible manner. They pretend to be solving some enigmatic life tricks and at the same time they are unable to grasp the situation they are in. The play is quite topical but its gloominess should not be taken too seriously. It is just a dramatized warning which is necessary today.