At the turn of the century, the management gave additional effort to urge writers to write dramas.Amongst other things, there were regular annual competitions for new drama texts.
Koštana became a cult play, and as such remained on the repertoire from 1901 until today, only with occasional short breaks.
Besides the pieces of international classics that were a compulsory part of the repertoire (Sophocles, Shakespeare, Calderon, Moliere, Racine, Goldoni, Corneille, Rostand, Schiller, Goethe, Ibsen, Strindberg, Gogol, Ostrovsky, Chekhov, Gorky…), the National Theatre immediately started to support national play writing.
Naturally, in the beginning there were only a few good texts.
At that time a new and great name in national play writing appears – Branislav Nušić.
Besides him, there were other young writers amongst whom one should mention Simo Matavulj, Svetozar Ćorović, Vojislav Jovanović Marambo and Milivoj Predić.