ARTS, CULTURE

Play ‘The Life Before Us’ in National Theatre of Sarajevo

On 1 April, citizens of Sarajevo will have the opportunity to see a play produced by Bosnian National Theatre of Zenica and directed by Lajla Kaikčija.

The Life Before Us is the story of an orphaned Arab boy, and his devotion to Madame Rosa, a dying, 68-year-old, 220-lb. survivor of Auschwitz and retired “lady of the night.”

The boy has been one of the ever-changing ragbag of whores’ children at Madame Rosa’s boardinghouse in Paris ever since he can remember. But when the check that pays for his keep no longer arrives and as Madame Rosa becomes too ill to climb the stairs to their apartment, he determines to support her any way he can.

This sensitive, slightly macabre love story between Momo and Madame Rosa has a supporting cast of transvestites, pimps, and witch doctors from Paris’s immigrant slum, Belleville. Profoundly moving, The Life Before Us earned France’s premier literary prize, the Prix Goncourt.

Cast of the play: Igor Skvarica, Faketa Salihbegović Avdagić, Mugdim Avdagić, Sabina Kulenović, Saša Handžić and Muhamed Behonjić.

The play will be shown at 7.30 p.m.

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