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Zorro premiere 11 December 2022
“Zorro, a Hermit on the Sidewalk”, for the first time at TNB, with Ioan Andrei Ionescu The "I.L.Caragiale" National Theatre announces the premiere of a new show as part of the "Open Doors for All" program, Zorro by Margaret Mazzantini, a text translated and presented in National Premiere. A one-man show by actor Ioan Andrei Ionescu, directed by Toma Dănilă, the new production at Pictura Hall will premiere on December 11, 2022, at 8 pm. The audience is invited to the preview of the show on December 4th to discover, in the setting signed by Mara Nicola, one of the most moving contemporary stories about the unpredictable, multi-faceted way in which fate can play tricks on us and life can change without warning. How a good man can become both victim and executioner at the same time, when everything in his life goes haywire and he can no longer rely on anything that used to be ordinary, safe... Come and discover a moving dramatic monologue that will remind you how fragile and exposed to chance we are. "I invite you to do an exercise of imagination together," proposes Toma Danila, the director of the play. Let's walk together into the story of Zorro, the faceless man we can meet on the street corner or at the traffic light in a busy intersection, the faceless man who blends into the landscape, the man we avoid because he could spoil our normality, he could hijack our daily routine. I invite you to find out his story, and perhaps, afterwards, we will take a closer look at those we used to call "street people" or "homeless". Maybe we'll just call them "People". An actor with multiple interpretative skills, Ioan Andrei Ionescu continues to surprise his audience by tackling a variety of characters and by dissecting, in depth, the particularities that make each character he plays a special human type. From a rich artistic record, we recall, selectively, the part in "Anonymous Venetian" - a show that he has successfully performed for almost a decade with his partner, Ilinca Goia, the role of Lopahin in "The Cherry Orchard" or his recent and remarkable creation in "Machinal. The Musical", Mr. Zero, an acting performance of great virtuosity! Of the more than 20 different characters he has played over the years on the NTB stages alone, Ioan Andrei Ionescu considers Zorro to be his most demanding and moving part. The author of this touching story, Margaret Mazzantini is a famous Italian writer and actress who has given up the stage in favour of writing. For her novel "Don't Move" (2002) she received the Strega Prize and the Grinzane Cavour Prize, Italy's most prestigious literary awards. Translated into 35 languages, the book immediately became an international bestseller, selling more than two million copies, and was screened by Sergio Castellitto, starring Penelope Cruz. She wrote the stage monologue "Zorro, a hermit on the sidewalk" in 2004 for her husband, actor and director Sergio Castellitto. "Zorro helped me to uncover a fear we all have. Because within each of us, unacknowledged, masked, there is this extreme possibility: the sudden loss of the threads, the ballast that holds us anchored to the ordinary world. How many of us, on a night when our souls were gulping, sheltering under a portico, with the shutters up, have not felt towards that body, towards that pile of rags under which a body hides, the possibility of being ourselves in its place? Homeless people are wanderers who have escaped from our homes, who have the smell of our closets, the smell of what they don't have, but also of what we lack." The performance given by the actor of the National Theatre in Bucharest, Ioan Andrei Ionescu, will convince you that the bet with life is worth winning every day, with sincerity and empathy towards those around us. You are invited to the theatre, Zorro is here, and everywhere, there is more than you would expect...  “Zorro, a Hermit on the Sidewalk” by Margaret Mazzantini, with Ioan Andrei Ionescu, on December 4 and 11, 2022, at the Pictura Hall!   Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 
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The Welkin, a moving story about empathy, murder and motherhood 10 December 2022
The "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre in Bucharest announces the premiere of The Welkin, by Lucy Kirkwood, which will take place on December 10, 2022, at 7.30 pm, at the Atelier Hall. The play directed by Gelu Colceag tells a suspenseful story about a conviction in 18th century Britain, which the author turns into a relevant and acute commentary on today's society, on prejudice, inequality, discrimination and the struggle for power. Although a firm admirer of Sidney Lumet's film, Lucy Kirkwood rejects out of hand any resemblance to the famous 12 Angry Men, even though her play also deals with the guilt of one person around whom 12 others gather - all women, called matrons at the time (respectable, married women, mothers and skilled midwives). In an era when women were defined only by their role as mothers or wives, when Sally Poppy is sentenced to be hanged, a "jury of matrons" is convened in a small British town. The guilty verdict has been pronounced, but it is up to the matrons whether her sentence will be death or deportation - if the accused is found to be pregnant. This was the only instance in which women had the right to decide. The writer's interest is to penetrate the intimate life of each of them, with unexpected details and womanhood secrets, desires, frustrations and ambitions. The Welkin portrays these mysteries with psychological finesse, seeing "how complicated it is to feel empathy for the other and how the patriarchal system tries to suppress empathy. Because it's easier to label and put people into categories, and that way difficult decisions can be made more easily," Kirkwood stated for The Play Podcast in 2021. "The Welkin" is a play of magnificent breadth, depth and complexity" (Financial Times). And perhaps even more than that, "this is the unwritten story of the maternal experience, delivered with a refreshing candor, as of sisters cheering each other on, and that is extraordinary (Telegraph), the play "constantly pushes the boundaries, cheekily raising its gaze towards the sky" (exeuntmagazine.com). "Above all, this is about the stories. Stories that gradually reveal themselves to us, with some personal revelations woven into the texture of these women's histories, with a profound contemporary relevance. This play is, beyond the significance of the subject matter, often funny, and towards the end, extremely moving" (whatsonstage.com). "The Welkin" is a show that has the energy of a thriller, the tension of a courtroom drama, the irreverent humor of a smart black comedy, and the profound power of vulnerability. The show's 16 characters, 13 of whom are played by actresses (!), perform on the set by Ștefan Caragiu and wearing costumes by Liliana Cenean. Cast: Aylin Cadîr / Alexandra Sălceanu, Tania Popa, Ilinca Goia, Mirela Oprișor, Erika Băieşu, Medeea Marinescu, Raluca Petra / Magda Catone, Ana Ciontea, Rodica Ionescu, Carmen Ungureanu, Brânduşa Mircea, Victoria Dicu, Lamia Beligan, Marius Rizea, Mihai Calotă, Daniel Hara / Mihai Munteniţă, Marcela Mateescu. The sound design by Călin Grigoriu, the scenic dance by Roxana Colceag and the neat light design by Bogdan Golumbeanu and Laurențiu Iordache contribute to the production. The next performance will take place on December 29, 2022 at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available at the NTB Box Office and online on www.tnb.ro.   Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu 
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National Theatre Podcasts series 01 December 2022
The "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre in Bucharest announces the launch of the National Theatre Podcasts series. The host will be actor Marius Bodochi, artistic director of NTB, who will talk to the actors from the troupe of the national theatre from the Romanian capital. The first edition of the National Theatre Podcasts, which will premiere on December 1st, 2022, on the occasion of Romania's National Day, will feature actress Maia Morgenstern. The interview will be broadcast in video version on TNB-TV - NTB's youtube channel! You can listen to the podcasts on podcast platforms: Spotify, Sticher, Redcircle and Radiopublic The National Theatre podcasts will be broadcast twice a month and can also be accessed via the NTB website. Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu   
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The Just Assassins premiere 22 October 2022
The Just Assassins, a performance of artistic excellence about the paradoxes of justice Premiering at the Pictura Hall of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre, on October 22nd and 27th 2022, at 8 pm, The Just Assasins by Albert Camus, one of the productions of the current season awaited with great interest. An exciting artistic encounter, under the mark of artistic excellence. Directed by Mihai Măniuțiu. In the cast: Marius Manole, Raluca Aprodu, Marius Bodochi, Mirela Oprișor, Maia Morgenstern, Ciprian Nicula. Set designer Adrian Damian, costumes Luiza Enescu. Music by Mihai Dobre. First staged in December 1949 at the Hébertot Theatre under the direction of Paul Cettly, this play belongs to the second cycle of Camus' works, that of the Revolt. Harsh, tense and deeply lyrical, it reflects his desire to create a genuine modern tragedy, out of the conviction that the time was right for it, according to a Camus study. "At the height of the Cold War, Camus reflects on the issue of violence, which he approaches through the prism of intellectual and moral conscience. The antagonism of two positive notions, love of life in all its fullness and social justice, seemed essential to him at the time", according to Eugène Kouchkine of the Camusian Studies Society. Interested in the figures of the Russian revolutionaries of 1905, called by him in an essay "the delicate assassins", Albert Camus does not hesitate to declare his admiration for them in the book The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt, and then in this play. "In writing about violence and murder, I have tried to define the limit at which murder must stop. The example of Kalyayev and his comrades made me conclude that you can only kill on condition that you die yourself, that no one has the right to threaten the existence of a being without immediately accepting his own extinction." Impressed by the heroic deaths of young Russian revolutionaries, he does extensive research. Death row inmates' indictments and the memoirs of the notorious terrorist Boris Savinkov provide the subject matter and characters. He is seduced by their "personal exigency", which drove them to terror, and their "paradoxes". "Necessary and at the same time unforgivable, that's how murder appeared to them" - this is how the author introduces his heroes in the play. Equally moral, lyrical and political, Camus's play stands out in the contemporary sensibility as a memorable work, with its unique and vivid note. Based on contradictions of thought and action, The Just Assassins continues to raise questions about life and death. Considered a history of "higher suicide" and "a tragedy of intelligence", the play incites debate, challenging us to see, once again, that... history repeats itself. The next performance is scheduled for November 9, 2022.   Translated by Andreea Codrea-Boeriu
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