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21 January 2020
Beginners premiere 03 March 2020
The "IL Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest announces the premiere of the performance Beginners, on March 3rd and 4th, 2020, at the Black Box Hall, directed by Bobi Pricop, on a text by Tim Crouch, one of the most unconventional contemporary English playwrights. Creator of theatrical performances employing multimedia technologies and exploring the borders of the dramatic art, Bobi Pricop is at the third encounter with the British author, after An Oak set at the Youth Theatre in Piatra-Neamț and The Author, staged at the "Marin Sorescu" Theatre in Craiova. Beginners - A show about the invisible border between childhood and adulthood, the children we used to be and the adults we will become. A show full of fantasy and mystery, of situations and many surprises, with adult and child actors, a staging that will put our senses to trial, playing at the same time with our minds. "Each text by Tim Crouch proposes a new, surprising experience. I think he is one of the most interesting contemporary playwrights because he constantly tests the boundaries of theatricality, the relationship between the audience and the stage, the roles we play in the world and the ways in which we are perceived by others. I am interested in how he experiments with new, sometimes risky, artistic forms to talk about certain fundamental, universal realities. In Beginners, this can be clearer than ever. That is why I wanted so much to put on this show, which I think resonates acutely in each one of us. Because he talks about childhood, the stories we learn when we are young and the ones we create about ourselves later. ” Bobi Pricop The cast comprises the actors Raluca Aprodu, Ada Galeș, Alexandru Potocean, Istvan Teglas, Ciprian Nicula, as well as the children Chloe Basu / Eva-Ilinca Crudu / Maria Mustache, Maria Luana Colica / Erica Mihaela Tanasov, Rareș Gheorghe / Victor Vasilescu, Radu Anghelina / Ștefan Popa. The stage design is signed by Nikola Toromanov, who also worked with Bobi Pricop on the shows Terror by Ferdinand von Schirach (Târgu-Mureș National Theatre) and Radio by Eric Bogossian (Craiova National Theatre). The Bulgarian scenographer has collaborated with NTB, obtaining the 2012 Uniter Prize for The Visit by Fr. Dürrenmatt, directed by Al. Morfov. The team of filmmakers is completed by Eduard Gabia (score and stage movement), Dan Basu (drawing and animations), who are entering a new collaboration with Bobi Pricop. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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A new Romanian play, for the first time at NTB: Matilda and the Grave-Makers! 15 February 2020
Matilda and the Grave-Makers by Stela Giurgeanu, proclaimed "Play of the year 2018" at the UNITER Awards Gala, will celebrate the official premiere on Saturday, February 15th, 2020, at the Black Box Hall, from 8 pm. The audience of the National Theatre of Bucharest has the opportunity to meet with a new Romanian play, inspired from the reality of our days, in which domestic violence hovers, pressing, sometimes silent, but most often violently noisy, like dark birds, above the shelter, hosting three sisters-in-law and a seemingly identical destiny. A dark comedy about the eternal dispute between men and women, full of suspense as a detective novel, where no one knows who wins, or at least ... on the surface. A text about a generation that buried their demons to give the next generation the right to happiness. "Who wants to laugh like champagne? asks renowned journalist Eugen Istodor on HotNews. Who wants excitement, suspense, entertainment, fear, happy end? They should go to Matilda and the Grave-Makers". Directed by Mircea Rusu, with a cast chosen and directed with psychological finesse, Matilda and the Grave-Makers is a show ‒ plea for the freedom of women so powerful in all their frailty, a game of appearances, camouflaging terrible pain and scarred wounds. "This mixture of fear and humor, "dark humor", fascinates me. It is a micro-universe that rejects and attracts at the same time," says Mircea Rusu.  "If things are not what they seem? asked the author, a journalist passionate about social investigation. "Can anyone, who says a joke, hide a trauma? What if someone who looks angelic is in fact diabolical? Can a strong man be an extremely fragile man?" A cold and detached man, who laughs at the idea of ​​love, does he not long for despair after love? Caught in the pace of a pulsating life, we often ignore the sufferings of those around us - thus risking to build that vicious cycle in which those around us will be deaf to our sufferings. Because "Matilda and the Grave-Makers" is, first of all, a play about appearances, it seems like a comedy. But, as one viewer told me: "you don't know whether to laugh or cry." And I think that through this, I reached my goal: to give people time to think twice before putting a label and to offer them a journey on the axis between good and evil, a journey full of nuances - at the end of which one gets the gist,evenif briefly, of the weariness of everyday life,” says Stela Giurgeanu. Editor of the Dilema Veche magazine, Stela Giurgeanu is a remarkable journalist focused on social issues. In 2003, she received a mention in the "reportage" section of the contest "Young journalist of the year", organized by the Freedom House Foundation and in 2008, she was designated "European Reporter of the Year", an award granted by the Representation of the European Commission in Romania, for the footage on the Europe of the Gârda People. She made her debut in 2007 with the story Two People, published in the volume The Book with Grandparents (Humanitas Publishing). As a playwright, she participated several times in the annual contest organized by UNITER under the aegis and with the support of the Royal House of Romania. In 2015, the play The Time of Madmen was nominated "The best Romanian play of the year" and was presented, in a lecture-show, at NTB. In 2016, the play The Time Collector was nominated in the Final Selection of the UNITER Drama Contest. In 2019, Matilda and the Grave-Makerswas designated "The best Romanian play of the year" and was published by the Unitext Publishing House. We invite you to discover why, in an apparent impromptu, three women take refuge on the terrace of the house, in a hilarious and improvised existence. Who are they running from, what mysteries do they hide? Cast: Amalia Ciolan / Liliana Hodorogea, Cesonia Postelnicu / Tania Popa, Erika Baiesu / Oana Constantinescu Fulvia Folosea / Cristina Constantinescu, Lari Giorgescu / Dragos Ionescu. The scenography is signed by Gabi Albu, whose creations you could admire recently at the premieres of The Merchant of Venice and The Cherry Orchard. The following representations of Matilda and the Grave-Makersare scheduled for March 18th and 28th, 2020, at the Black Box Hall, from 8 pm. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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