Actresses’ Identity in Contemporary Croatian Plays

Lucija Ljubić, Odjel za kulturologiju Sveučilišta Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku, Osijek
The paper discusses two contemporary Croatian plays – Diva written by Marijana Nola (City theatre Žar ptica, Zagreb, 2010) and Actresses and More (Theatre in Peščenica, Zagreb, 2012). Both plays focus on actresses’ identity from the perspective of their theatrical and nontheatrical everyday lives in which the characters re-examine their roles – of females and actresses. Modes of female identity construction are analyzed in the light of gender studies interest in the body and trauma, the private and the public, and are related to the contemporary Croatian theatre. The analysis reveals that the female characters of Diva act as opponents in both life and theatre, while in the Actresses and More they are activists connected by mutual act of rebellion against the contemporary theatre.
Key words
contemporary Croatian plays; female dramatic characters; actresses; identity; contemporary Croatian theatre
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