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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 36 | volume VII | May-June, 2004



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 36May-June, 2004
Theatre Play

Trip to Paramaribo

– a global farce –
Translated by: Irena Tanevska


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p. 1
Tomislav Osmanli

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Characters

THE MAN, Kiril, a retired railroad worker around 70 years of age, Meto’s father
    THE WOMAN, a teacher, of similar age
    THE YOUNG MAN, Gordan, 22 years

MAJA, of same age as Gordan
    OUR FELLOW COUNTRYMAN, Meto, coeval with Maja and Gordan
    THE MAN IN BLACK, an American, 45 years
    THE OFFICER, lieutenant Ellsinore, an American, a little bit younger
    KEMAL, an officer of the Ottoman Empire army, later on Pasha Ataturk (1881-1938) a revolutionary, reformer and a statesman /and at the same time
    COLONEL ELLSINORE, the lieutenant’s father
    PAM, an American, a tourist/ at the same time ZSA ZSA, Kemal’s lover and
    Zsa Zsa Gabor, an actress
    ROSE, an American, a mother/at the same time THE WOMAN IN BLACK, our fellow countrywoman, a common woman
    THE LITTLE GIRL, her daughter, a five-year old child

MILADINOV, Konstantin, (1830-1862) a teacher, a reformer and a poet
    ZORBA, a character from a novel by Nikos Katantzakis
    FAT JOE, a rapper from New York
    FRANK SINATRA, a legend

LEATHER COAT 1, Udba, ex-Yugoslav State Security Service
    LEATHER COAT 2, Udba, ex-Yugoslav State Security Service
    AMERICAN SOLDIERS, 1, 2, 3

1. Maribor, Paramaribo

    Waiting room at the Skopje railroad station. Hot summer night of the summer year of 2001.
    An elderly woman is napping. She is wearing an out-fashioned summer dress and has an old hat on her head. A small, shabby suitcase is placed beside her.
    There is a middle-aged man, holding a net bag with two bottles. He is looking at the platform, walking and sighing nervously.
    A young man rushes in.
    

    THE YOUNG MAN:
    (Out of breath, asking the man): Am I late?
    
    The latter is turning his head to the other side. The woman is lifting up her head towards the Young Man for a second and then dropping it once again, to continue with her nap.


    THE YOUNG MAN:
    (Now asking the Woman):
Excuse me, has the train…  
    
    The woman gives him a head to toe look.
    

    THE WOMAN:
    It’s late.

THE YOUNG MAN:
    Late? I’m asking about…

THE MAN:
    (He cannot bear not making a comment) They’re all late.

THE YOUNG MAN:
    It’s impossible!

THE MAN:
    Stop playing a fool. Don’t you know what is going on here? Maybe they’ve started to shoot at the train. Maybe they’ve set a bomb under the train. And maybe there’s a delay, as usual.

THE YOUNG MAN:
    I’m asking, you know, about the train to…

THE MAN:
    And what about me, ah? You think I’ve been waiting for a coach at the railroad station. (Lifting the bag with the bottles and easing the tone of his voice): Never mind,






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