I had the wonderful opportunity today to participate at a premiere audition in Bucharest of a radio drama performance after a play written by the Serbian author Dragana Boskovic, having as subject a fictional Queen Maria of Yugoslavia during her last months of life struggling to get approval from the communist authorities to return home and die in her country.
I was impressed to see such a project having a royal history theme, put together by Radio Romania Theatre section. They deserve to be congratulated for this broadcast, and after having listened to it, I can tell you that the performance was thrilling.
Mignon is presented remembering moments from her life at the Romanian and Serbian courts. The author envisages Maria of Yugoslavia as a sensitive personality animated by an ardent patriotism and profound sense of duty up her the last drop of life. Dragana Boskovic also relates a supposed conversation between Mignon and a communist official from the Yugoslav Embassy in London in 1961, where she declares (in the drama play) her intention to return to Belgrade and die in her country. Alas the permission to entry is not granted and Mignon dies in the bitter exile shortly afterward. [Script by Doina Papp; Director: Ilinca Stihi; Producer: Magda Dutu; Actors: Ilinca Tomoroveanu, Ana Ciontea, Orodel Olaru]
If you are interested in Mignon’s life, I wrote an article about her, schedule for publication in the June 2009 issue of Majesty magazine. ©Diana Mandache
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