Center “Ion Sava”

A New Premiere 9G at NTB: Catch-up in the Dark

01 January 1970

On Friday, May 10th, 2019, from8.00 p.m., the Small Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest shall host the premiere of a new show within the 9G programme at NTB, "Catch-up in the Dark", based on a text written by the Israeli writer Edna Mazia and directed by Radu Stoian.

"Catch-up in the Dark" is a reinterpretation of the title "Games in the Backyard", one of Edna Mazia's plays. Written in 1993 and relying on a real case that has deeply affected Israeli society, the text recreates the drama of Dvori Manhes, a 14-year-old girl and a group of four adolescents accused of rape. Everything starts from a game, but - "as in any game" - non-observance of the rules can always lead to the loss of control, with serious consequences for all participants ...

Theviewer is offered both perspectives, of the defense and prosecution. The roles are reversed and the victim becomes guilty and the accused plea innocence.

The young team of creators explores psychologically intuitive themes such as abuse, both physical and mental, or the failure of the legal system. The play does not provide answers, but rather invites the spectator to reflect on the human nature, the understanding of the other, the discovery of truth.

"The real case underlying this text is not a singular one, unfortunately, and TV news or shocking reports are not always able to convey a message or be completely touching. I believe that through the energies of this show, through the mirror that the theatre illuminates in front of the spectators, we shall be able to uncover such abuses and sound the alarm.

The show will primarily address young people, whom we hope to bring to the theaters to understand that childhood games have repercussions in the future, that what we learn in childhood applies throughout adulthood. " (Radu Stoian, director)

The show features the following cast: Alexandra Spataru, Radu Stoian, Florin Craciun, Adrian Georgescu, Adrian Loghin. The creative team: Radu Stoian (director), Teodora Budescu (choreography and direction assistance), Samuel Mikhailovich (stage concept), Aurel Ciucur (musical composition), Cristian machine (light design), Daniel Octavian Nae (sound) and Daniel Buglea (stage direction).


Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 

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Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava” is that place where theatre can be a game, at large, in absence of the institutional pressure, of the dictatorship of deadlines and the final product obligations named spectacle. More than everything, it expects to be an open space for ideas and for attempts, first of all for the creative process, even if it is about the professional development or about the exploration of new territories of scenic art.

It came into existence by means of a government issue in 2005 and functioning since 2006, Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava” is on the one hand an informal “school” of perfectioning artists and technicians who work on the Romanian stage, and on the other hand an open platform for theatrical and interdisciplinary experiment and investigation.

The workshops which evolve inside the Center attend to cover a large spectre of theatrical areas, from dramaturgy to scenography and from neo-avant-garde to recovering the lost memory of the Romanian stage. The center organizes master class handled by distinguished professionists, Romanians and foreigners, and it offers creation space for artists in searching for new dramaturgy or performative language, in the guise of practice, lectures and meetings.

The manager of the Ion Sava Centre for Research and Theatrical Creation is Marina Constantinescu.

The projects of the Centre are coordinated by Cristiana Gavrilă.


Researching and Theatrical Creation Center “Ion Sava”
National Theatre “I.L. Caragiale”
Nicolae Bălcescu avenue, no 2, sector 1, Bucharest
Tel.: 021/3139175 extension 127
Fax: 021/3123169

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