Luigi Pirandello

Right You Are, If You Think So

Directed by Jagoš Marković

Adaptation, Set design and Choice of music: Jagoš Marković, Costume design: Bojana Nikitović, Speech: Ljiljana Mrkić Popović, Lighting design: Dejan Draganov, Sound design: Igor Bošković,

In this year which marks 150th anniversary of the birth of Luigi Pirandello, a Nobel laureate, Yugoslav Drama Theatre  joins the celebration of this anniversary taking place around the world, with the production of his play Right You Are, If You Think So

Born in Girgenti, Sicily. He studied philology at Rome and at Bonn and wrote a dissertation on the dialect of his native town (1891). From 1897 to 1922 he was professor of aesthetics and stylistics at the Real Istituto di Magistere Femminile at Rome. Pirandello’s work is impressive by its sheer volume. He wrote a great number of novellas which were collected under the title Novelle per un anno (1922-37). Of his six novels the best known are Il fu Mattia Pascal (1904) [The Late Mattia Pascal], I vecchi e i giovani (1913) [The Old and the Young], Si gira (1916) | [Shoot!], and Uno, nessuno e centomila (1926) [One, None, and a Hundred thousand].
But Pirandello’s greatest achievement is in his plays. He wrote a large number of dramas which were published, between 1918 and 1935, under the collective title of Maschere nude [Naked Masks]. The title is programmatic. Pirandello is always preoccupied with the problem of identity. The self exists to him only in relation to others; it consists of changing facets that hide an inscrutable abyss. Also, typical for Pirandello is to show how art or illusion mixes with reality and how people see things in very different way – reality is at the same time is true and false. His master plays are: Right You Are, If You Think So
(1917), Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921), Henry IV (1922), Tonight We Improvise (1930)… Pirandello’s tragic farces are often seen as forerunners for theatre of the absurd.
He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 for his “bold and brilliant renovation of the drama and the stage.”

Luiggi Pirandello in YDT

Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore
Directed by Mata Milošević
Premiere on 29th April 1955
Enrico IV
Directed by Boro Drašković
Premiere on 12th April 1967


Premiere: 4 June 2017

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1 hr 25', no intermission