direction & text
A homosexual young man and his parents in an intimate and clever family drama about acceptance.
Serbian with German & English surtitles
more about the artist
“I love you the way you are.” Which relationship contains this unquestioned assumption that both people will accept each other unconditionally? One between lovers? Between parents and children? Ideas about people and concepts of family and sexuality that have been elevated to social norms continue to determine our lives more than we would like, but increasingly, they are also once again being politically and religiously abused as a means of exclusion, discrimination and social control. Do we have to fight for the freedom to love all over again?
Patrik Lazić, b. 1995, graduate in Directing from the Theatre Department of the University of Arts in Belgrade, first staged our son at the Belgrade producing house Heartefact, a play strongly influenced by his own biography. The play is about a key moment in the relationship between parents and their adult, homosexual son. In a delicate and intimate game with fiction and reality, Lazić shares the process of an emancipation with the audience. It’s a situation that everyone somehow knows, so similar and yet so different: full of comedy, irony, jokes, full of hurt, fears, missed chances, full of perplexity and unexpected insights.
Despite some protest, EuroPride took place in Belgrade in 2022, a pan-European festival that is dedicated to the acceptance of the LGBTIQ* community, i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersexual and queer people. OUR SON was part of that festival and is still being performed in the Heartefact repertoire today.
With Dragana Varagić, Aleksandar Đinđić, Amar Ćorović
Text & Direction Patrik Lazić
Design Patrik Lazić Production Management Aleksandra Lozanović Production Heartefact Photos Milena Arsenić, Marija Erdelji, Ida K. Rosanda (Portrait Patrik Lazić)