A new Romanian play, for the first time at NTB: Matilda and the Grave-Makers!

15 February 2020
Online Theatre for American Spectators 27 June 2020
From the desire to meet and welcome theatre lovers from other meridians, the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre has partnered with the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, responding to its request to present, for the first time to the United States audience - made up primarily of Americans, but also of the Romanian diaspora - some of the branded shows from the NTB repertoire, within the programme entitled Digital Stage, developed by RCINY. English subtitled recordings of these shows will be made available online by NTB, being broadcast at 8 pm (New York time), 3 am (Bucharest time). The first broadcast of this series takes place on Saturday, June 27th, 2020 and offers American viewers the opportunity to watch for the first time, on the RCINY Facebook page, in live streaming, the show Lottery Tickets, adaptation of the eponymous short story by I.L. Caragiale, directed by Alexandru Dabija, a show from the current NTB repertoire, whose premiere took place in 2012, within the "Caragiale Year". The show brought the director Alexandru Dabija the Best Director Award at the UNITER Gala in 2013 and two other awards to the set designer Helmut Stürmer: the Award for best scenography at the UNITER Gala and the Award for scenography at the Romanian Comedy Festival. The show participated in the first edition of the MITEM Festival ("Madach International Theatre Meeting"), organized by the National Theatre of Budapest in 2014, within the traditional Budapest Spring Festival, and in 2017 at the "EUROKONTEXT s.k." International Festival, in Bratislava, Slovakia, enjoying an excellent reception at both events. We look forward to echoes of this American premiere in the virtual space, hoping that this partnership will pave the way for further initiatives, designed to stimulate interest in Romanian culture and a better knowledge thereof across the ocean, through high-quality projects. The next premiere of the series Digital Stage will show The Tempestafter William Shakespeare (directed by Alexander Morfov), to be broadcast this summer by NTB for RCINY.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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NTB Review: 12 Weeks of Online Broadcasts, 7 Days out of 7! 22 June 2020
With the resumption of the performances on the real stage, at the TNB Amphitheatre, within the program Summer Nights UP on the theater, the IL Caragiale National Theater ceases - temporarily (!) - the activity of online broadcasts that took place uninterruptedly starting with March 23rd, 2020, following the decree of the state of emergency and, subsequently, of the state of alert. Between March 23rd and June 21st, 2020, 69 conferences from the series NTB Conferences were broadcast online, as well as 9 shows, as of April 24th (in the 3 days of the weekend, with 3 broadcasts for each show, so in total 27 online broadcasts). Both shows from NTB's current repertoire were broadcast online, titles that will be repeated in theatres as soon as the situation allows (The Tempest, Allegro, ma non troppo, Lottery Tickets, God Dresses from the Thrift, Light, at the End of the Tunnel), as well as older shows from the archive (Scourge, Breaking News, Take, Ianke and Cadir, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). The quality of the recordings was different and not always perfect: the filming of older shows, performed with a single camera, from a fixed point, with sound taken directly from the camera - were only intended to archive those shows, without the intention of a public broadcast. The recent shows benefited from the material and logistical infrastructure of NTB's Media Studio (which has only been operational for a few years) and were filmed professionally, which translated into a visibly better quality of the recordings. In the context in which the online activity seems to gain more and more ground, NTB will make efforts to offer to the interested public filmed materials at the highest possible standards. We intend to continue recording, with priority, the shows from the current repertoire, in conditions of maximum professionalism, in order to ensure a quality portfolio for the next period, which will "resist" in the international competitive environment! The conferences that were broadcast online (live streaming) on ​​NTB's YouTube channel are archived, and can still be accessed by those interested. The shows could be watched only on the announced days and times, no longer being available online after the end of the live broadcast. I found, with joy, that there is no risk of decreasing interest in the shows of the current repertoire, but, on the contrary, many spectators said they cannot wait to see those shows live, with the reopening of the halls! Here is a statistical balance of the 90 days of online activity, activity fully provided by the team within the NTB Communication and International Relations Department *: The broadcasts of conferences and shows on the NTB YouTube channel amounted from March 23rd - June 21st, 2020 to: 182,875 views (views) 49,200 hours (watch time) Compared to the initial 8,500 subscribers, further 9,000 (subscribers) were gained. Apart from the Romanian viewers (60% in April, 82.9% in May), NTB's online broadcasts were also watched by viewers from various other countries (we take May as a reference) - England 1387- Germany 1313- Canada 1116- USA 993- France 461- Israel 455- Italy 372- Spain 255- Belgium 232- Colombia (!) - 81 Thanks for the interest shown and for the loyalty of the almost 200,000 virtual spectators that we felt close in these crisis conditions and we hope to see each other healthy again in the lush foyers and hospitable halls of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre! *NTB's Communication and International Relations Department: Adriana Popescu, Director, Anca Constantin, Head of Marketing and Public Relations, Olivia Chirvasiu, Gabriela Hamzescu, Laura Grosu, Florin Ghioca, Andreea Nae, Mihaela Cazan, Ionel Nicolaev, Gabriel Stănciuc, as well as Marius Donici, Mihai Rădinoiu and Cornel Ionescu - external collaborators of the Media Studio. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The NTB Amphitheatre Reopens 15 June 2020
  As of June 15th, 2020, the performances return to the NTB Amphitheatre, a unique place in Bucharest, located above the National Theatre. At this point, the Amphitheatre is the only stage in Romania built in the open air, located inside a theatre, provided with modern professional equipment and which meets the safety conditions of spectators and artists in order to carry out their activity safely, according to the rules to prevent the spread of Covid 19. In this first stage of resumption of performances, in order to strictly comply with the recommendations of social distancing, out of the 300 seats of the Amphitheatre, only 60 are offered for sale to the audience. The actors of the National Theatre will be the main characters of the outdoor amphitheatre this summer, but the programme we have prepared will include independent productions, concerts, film screenings and many other cultural events. The summer season will open in June with performances from the NTB repertoire, tickets will be on sale starting with Saturday, June 6th, 2020, simultaneously, at the theatre’s box office and through the platform. For the July show schedule, tickets will go on sale on Saturday, June 12th, 2020. Spectators' obligations regarding measures to prevent SARS-CoV2 contamination: -      Wearing a mask (medical / non-medical) throughout the event. To provide effective protection, the mask should cover the mouth and nose. Caution! The theatre reserves the right to perform an observational screening and not allow access to people with symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sneezing, rhinorrhea). - Disinfect hands with approved alcohol-based disinfectant to be provided at the entrance. - Thermo-scanning by theatre staff. People who refuse to have their temperature checked will not have access to the theatre. - Observance of the distance of at least 1.5 m between people - from the entrance to the theatre to the Amphitheatre hall, to the toilets and to the exit from the hall. Caution! Within the Amphitheatre, please observe the 2-meter distance indicated by the place assigned to each spectator. Important announcement regarding the Amphitheatre performances: *Being an outdoor space, in case of rain, the following rule will apply: - if the rain starts before the show time, the performance is rescheduled, the tickets remaining valid. Spectators can also opt for a ticket refund, or to exchange them for another show from the Amphitheatre schedule. - if the rain starts during the performance, the show can be interrupted and resumed, depending on the weather conditions. If the resumption is not possible and the show is suspended, it is not rescheduled, and the ticket cost is not refunded.   Schedule June 15th - 30th, 2020 Monday, June 15th & Tuesday, June 16th, 9:30 pm The Beauty of Venice in September By Teodor Mazilu Director: Mariana Cămărășan Stage design: Vladimir Turturică With: Oana Pellea and Mircea Rusu   Thursday, June 18th & Friday, June 19th, 9:30 pm ActOrchestra Director: Horia Suru With: Emilian Mârnea, Florin Călbăos, Petre Ancuța   Saturday, June 20th, 9:00 pm Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference By Marcy Lafferty Director: Liana Ceterchi With Lamia Beligan   Sunday, June 21st, 9:30 pm After Hours Text & direction: Radu Iacoban With: Anghel Damian and Cătălin Babliuc   Wednesday, June 24th & Thursday, June 25th, 9:00 pm Matilda and the Grave-Makers By Stela Giurgeanu Director: Mircea Rusu Stage design: Gabi Albu With: Amalia Ciolan, Cesonia Postelnicu, Erika Băieșu, Fulvia Folosea, Lari Giorgescu   Friday, June 26th, 9:00 pm Once Upon a Time in Romania Directed by: Dragoș Huluba With: Ileana Olteanu, Violeta Huluba, Eduard Adam, Dragoș Huluba   Saturday, June 27th, 9:30 pm Twenty Years in Siberia After Anița Nandriș-Cudla Directed by: Sorin Misirianțu With: Amalia Ciolan   Sunday, June 28th, 9:00 pm Anonymous Venetian After Giuseppe Berto Director: Ion Caramitru Stage design: Florilena Popescu Fărcășanu With: Ilinca Goia and Ioan Andrei Ionescu   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu
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