"The Professional"

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Kovacevic, Dusan (Serbian playwright, 1948- ), "The Professional,"

a 48-minute tragedy translated and adapted from the original Serbian into English by Bob Djurdjevic, set in editor's office and nearby, in a subdivision of the former Yugoslavia, 1995,


©1995 by Dusan Kovacevic, script/rights available from Simone Genatt, Jigsaw Productions,
Inc., 15 West 72nd Street, Suite 34A, New York City, New York 10023, U.S.A., telephone 212-787-0089, or from Marcy Drogin, Drogin Productions, Inc., One Horizon Road, Suite 1016, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024, U.S.A., telephone 201-568-4437. Cited to Small-Cast One-Act Guide Online by Zeljko Djukic, zdjukic@visuallink.com, February 19, 1997.

Synopsis A formerly out-of-political-favor, now in-political-favor book editor meets a fired, possibly doomed government agent who has been surreptitiously documenting the editor's utterances for two decades. The agent challenges the editor by neatly presenting four bound manuscripts of the editor's
conversations and public speeches as well as a big black suitcase filled with a mass of strange objects. Even their confrontation becomes part of this accumulated record. The agent does all of this in atonement for having supported a corrupt political system and exacts a promise from the editor that the agent's son will be notified of the atonement after the agent's imminent death.

Comment Dusan Kovacevic is one of Eastern Europe's most renowned and prolific playwrights and screenwriters. His screenplay awards include First Prize at the Montreal Film Festival for "The Balkan Spy"; First Chaplin Award for "Who's Singin' Over There?" and Palme d'Or at the Cannes Festival for "Underground." In January 1995, "The Professional" and Dusan Kovacevic attended the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, founded by Robert Redford, to begin the play's transition from stage to screen. Mr. Kovacevic's plays have been translated into over twenty languages. Mr. Kovacevic lives in Belgrade.

"The Professional," directed by Peter Craze, was produced in New York City, 1995, by Circle Repertory Company, with Fritz Weaver as Luke, Jonathan Hogan as Teya, Jan Maxwell as Martha, and James Coyle as Lunatic.

Samuel French, Inc., in 1996 published the English-language translation/adaptation by Bob Djurdjevic, which already had had two productions in the United States.

[This comment is by Zeljko Djukic, 2321 Wilson Boulevard, Winchester, Virginia 22601, U.S.A., a Serbian director now living in the United States who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about this play and currently is directing it at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, U.S.A.]

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