Dying Out - Young playwright Dušan Spasojevič's drama "Dying Out" is set in the country, among the aging inhabitants of an increasingly depopulated and now half-dead Serbian village. The surviving remnants of a rigid traditional and patriarchal view of the world mingle with current social issues and situations. We follow the interwined fates of two families dealing with the traumas of the past, while their future is similarly predetermined - both, as the result of a fateful clash between children and their parents, alive or dead, are condemned to die out. The play aims to describe, convincingly and realistically, the difficulties inherent in village life, but also to create archetypal situations and characters while telling an authentically tragic story.
A moving story about land being sold and a village dying out - but not just a village; this is about the despair of youth and a huge generational abyss; it is a story in which everyone and no one is guilty, and where everyone is right in his own way, but no one feels happy or understood, and everyone is desperate.
(by T. Njezić)
Dark days, dark nights, dark conversations, dark souls. Fires go out, graves are opened, sons and daughters leave, mothers are struck dumb, while the old people continue to resist dying out. Or at least their shadows! And the souls of the farmers do not lose their spirit and their wit, as shown by Boris Isaković in the role of Strahinja. Dara Dzokić (Milica), a bent old woman wrapped in the eternal black of her mourning clothes, is at the same time a tolerant and understanding mother, who enters the story as a character created from folk mentality and poetry.
(by Muharem Pervic, Politika)
Director Egon Savin and his set designer, Geroslav Zarić, have designed a simultaneous set with three acting areas (...) The greatest advantage brought by this use of the stage lies in the simultaneous images that Savin needs in order to show the similarity of the lives, above those of the two mothers. He has thus transformed them, in the spirit of the source material, into archetypes of suffering and victimhood, decline and the unstoppable process of dying out - a terrible image of two bent women, sitting with their heads in their hands or resting their heads against a wall.
(by Ivan Medenica, Vreme nr. 832)