January 11, 2017
GOOD PEOPLE IN AN EVIL TIME BEFORE A FULL THEATER
On Friday, December 16, 2016, a play premiered based on the book Good People in an Evil Time by Svetlana Broz—translated, to date, into six world languages.
On the stage of the Prosvjeta Serbian Educational and Cultural Society in Sarajevo, the adaptation was dramatized by director Gradimir Gojer. The documentary testimony from the hell of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina was performed by actors Irena Mulamuhić, Mirza Mušija, Jasna Bery, Aida Bukva, and Nerman Mahumotović.
The mastery of the actors and the authenticity of Svetlana Broz's documentary prose moved the sold-out crowd to tears, eliciting exceptional perception throughout the play and thundering applause at its end. This prose carousel spinning through the tragic fates of the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina was first performed in the Italian language (La Scelta). The December 16th performance in Sarajevo was its premiere in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At the end of the play, Svetlana Broz was treated to heartfelt ovations both from the audience and the cast.
The Gariwo NGO, the producer, has said they will be promoting productions of the play all over Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then plan to send the play on a tour of theaters in the surrounding countries.
Before the opening night, Gradimir Gojer sent out the message that he was dedicating his direction of the play to the children of Aleppo, saying, "I feel that the flames of love blazing in the hearts of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina once they chose to follow a path of goodness—often paying for their choice with their lives in the most grueling conditions of the war—should be directed to the innocent children in hopes that someone's goodness will shower down upon them. Without the universal humanity this play speaks out about, humankind has no future."