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50 seconds

by Daniel Oltean

50 seconds

by Daniel Oltean

Eugen Gyemant
Maria Nicola
Alexei Ţurcan
Assistant Director:
Alice Gyemant
Daniel Oltean

Premiere: 13.12.2018

Duration: 1 h 20 min / Pause: No

28 Feb 2019 (The Black Box H ...) 20:00
10 Mar 2019 (The Black Box H ...) 20:00

40 lei

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"50 Seconds" is the play for which Daniel Oltean won the UNITER Award for Best Play of the Year in 2017.


"An instant and, suddenly, all the suffering disappears."

The show "50 Seconds" is a lucid and tender investigation into the human mind, a show about what is happening within us when we are not paying attention, and of the care we need to show our thoughts.

In the office of a forensic prosecutor, the investigation is in full swing. This, although from a legal point of view, is all clear and the case could already be sued. At least, that is what the documents, the evidence, the criminal proceedings ...

However, a prosecutor is stubborn to see the twisted mechanisms of the mind of a young man who has already acknowledged his guilt. The question is: why? The case is settled, the file is complete, the facts are clear, and the statements clarify everything.

However, beyond the administration of the evidence, there remains the meeting between two people and their stories, because not always the victims are just those mentioned in the minutes ...

With passion for details and inspired by real facts, Daniel Oltean, a very special author (prosecutor, theatrology expert and graduate of drama writing), contemplates people with attention, tenderness and understanding, achieving a minute dramaturgical analysis of all our uncertainties. Together with the actors in the cast, director Eugen Gyemant (at his first NTB enactment) assembles scenes of unrest, humour, poetry, cynicism and unrecognizable fears in a puzzle that we have to complete on our own. Because key pieces are hiding behind words, in a world where love seems to be insufficient.

The stage set created by stage designer Maria Nicola rebuilds the scenery of an investigation office with over 100 witnesses, but it could also be a courtroom, a hospital salon, or an autopsy room.

The alert pace of the show builds on tensions, strong emotions and brief, contrasting sequences that describe almost cinematographically the human relationships between son and mother, defendant and prosecutor, between men and their loneliness, between each of us and the thoughts that overwhelm us.

A relevant show about the surprising labyrinth of the mind, about empathy, loneliness, and the points of anchorage we seek in others, when everything is falling apart within us.


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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