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Anca Hanu, actress of the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, received yesterday, during the UNITER Gala, the Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She was given this award for her role in the production Amalia takes a deep breath by Alina Nelega, director Tudor Lucanu. For this award, the following actresses were also nominated: Alexandra Fasolă for her roles in "The Good Person of Szechwan", at the Bulandra Theatre in Bucharest, and Daniela Török for the role of Sally Bowles in "Cabaret", at the German State Theatre in Timişoara. 

For her role in „Amalia takes a deep breath", Anca Hanu also received the Award for Best Actress at the Short Theatre Festival in Oradea, 2014 and the Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role offered by the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre within the event Cluj International Meetings 2014. The actress was also nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role as the Siren in The Island, "Atelier" International Theatre Festival, 20th edition, Baia-Mare, and the Award for Debut, at the UNITER Gala for her role as Grace in Cleansed by Sarah Kane, 2007. Together with Ada Milea, Anca Hanu received the Award for best Music for the production Sânziana and Pepelea at the Romanian Comedy Festival in Bucharest, 2014. 

At this year’s UNITER Gala, Cluj-Napoca National Theatre also had another nomination, the actor Sorin Leoveanu for Best Actor in a Leading Role.

The 23rd edition of the UNITER Gala took place yesterday, 25 May 2015. The members of the nomination jury were the theatre critics Monica Andronescu, Mircea Morariu and Maria Zărnescu, and the final jury that decided the winners had the following members: the set designer Ştefania Cenean, the literary critic Dan C. Mihăilescu, the actress Valeria Seciu, the theatre critic Oana Stoica and the director Alexa Visarion. The complete list of nominations and awards is available here.

The production AMALIA TAKES A DEEP BREATH by Alina Nelega, director Tudor Lucanu, one woman show with Anca Hanu, has been selected within the contest festival festCo 2015 - The Romanian Comedy Festival. The performance will be presented on location. In this respect, Cluj-Napoca National Theater will supplement the performance schedule for MAY 2015 with a representation of this production which will take place on Monday, 11 May, at 7 pm in the  "Euphorion" Studio.

On this occasion, the members of the jury of this year’s Romanian Comedy Festival will be in Cluj-Napoca: Sanda Manu - director (president of the jury), Adrian Titieni - actor and rector of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre and Film University Bucharest; Coca Bloos - actress; Monica Andronescu - theater critic; Nina Brumușilă - set designer. 

The Romanian Comedy Festival - festCO was created in 2003 at the initiative of the manager of the Comedy Theater, the actor George Mihăiţă. festCO aims at promoting Romanian playwriting and also the best productions based on Romanian comedies. The previous 10 editions gathered theater companies from the country and from abroad, both state theaters and independent companies. As of 2006, the festival is also a contest, giving awards for the best performances and the best artists within the Romanian Comedy Gala. (source:

Tickets for this supplementary representation are available for purchase at the theater’s Ticket Agency, Ștefan cel Mare Square,  no. 14, as well as online at

Cluj-Napoca National Theater announces the opening of the production American dream by Nicoleta Esinencu, which will take place in the "Art Club" Studio, Tuesday, 5 May, at 07 pm. Director: Leta Popescu, assistant director: Cătălin Filip, set design: Brândușa C. Bălan, assistant set designer: Gloria Gagu, video: Alexandru Lupea, Alexandru Ponoran, music: bhkata. The cast is comprised of the actresses Diana Buluga, Sînziana Tarța, Alexandra Tarce.


Favoring a documentary-political theater, Nicoleta Esinencu speaks in her play about the "American dream" and the "Russian" one, mixing English with Moldavian Romanian, in a collage-type structure having as a starting point the rules of the game "Monopoly". A Moldavian student crosses the ocean to the America of all possibilities, borrowing money for the trip. She returns not only without any earnings, but also forced to go in the opposite direction, Moscow, a place where new humilities await. In the intimate space of the "Art Club" Studio, the story of young Tatiana flows with great easiness in the interpretation of the three actresses led, in an inspired manner, by the director Leta Popescu.


Nicoleta Esinencu (born 1978 in Chișinău) is a playwright of Romanian origin from The Republic of Moldova, graduate of the Moldova State University of Arts, Playwriting and Script writing.  She is the literary secretary of the "Eugène Ionesco" Theater from Chișinău.  Author of the plays How to Write a Play, Fuck you,!, The Seventh Whorehouse (co-author, together with Dumitru Crudu and Mihai Fusu), Zuckferei, Clear history. The play American Dream was written in 2014. In an interview, the author declared the following about her plays: „Perhaps some are inspired by reality, others provoked and others hurt. All I do is take pieces of reality and lay them on paper."  

Leta Popescu
 (born. 1989) is at her fifth collaboration with Cluj Napoca National Theater. She was an assistant director for the performances The Star without a Name (director Alexa Visarion), Sânziana and Pepelea (director Alexandru Dabija), Mein Kampf (director Alexandru Dabija) and The Extraterrestrial Clowns (director Eli Simon).  She graduated from the Faculty of Theater and Television, BBU Cluj, in 2013, majoring in Directing, and she is currently a MA student at the same faculty.  For co-directing the production Parallel, at the Cluj Paintbrush Factory,  Leta Popescu shared the 2014 UNITER Award for DEBUT with Lucia Mărneanu, performer in the production and with Ferenc Sinkó, co-director and choreographer of the production.

The opening of the production THE LAST NIGHT OF LOVE, THE FIRST NIGHT OF WAR, based on a novel by Camil Petrescu, stage adaptation by Ada Lupu, will take place on Thursday, 30 April, 7 pm, on the main stage. Director: Ada Lupu, set design: Iuliana Vîlsan, music and soundtrack: Alin Stoianovici, video: Lucian Matei, assistant director: Olivia Grecea, light design: Jenel Moldovan, choreography: Horia Pop and Ioana Lascu (The Tango Company Cluj). The cast comprises the following actors: Sorin Leoveanu, Ramona Dumitrean, Cristian Grosu, Dragoş Pop, Ovidiu Crişan, Petre Băcioiu, Cristian Rigman, Cătălin Herlo, Emanuel Petran, Radu Lărgeanu, Miron Maxim, Romina Merei, Adriana Băilescu, Matei Rotaru, Cătălin Codreanu.


The author... from life to novel

The novel The Last night of love, the first night of war was written in 1930. Almost twelve years had passed since Camil Petrescu had returned from war, his hearing weakened and three times injured in the two years spent in the trenches. When creating his character, Gheorghidiu, he took into account his experiences during World War I, his enlisting on August 1 1916, as well as his student life at the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy, Bucharest University, and, simultaneously, his studies at the School for Officers (graduating it as a sub-lieutenant).  Next to the "insight into the obscure regions of the conscience", as Tudor Vianu states, the search for an "almost scientific analysis of the typical soul complexes" has been a preoccupation of Camil Petrescu ever since his work on the play Jocul ielelor, in the summer of 1916. 

As the author himself confesses: "Every one of my works is arborescent, meaning it continuously develops, amplifies, ramifying in all its dimensions [...]. This arborescence is achieved in different stages, like a sketch which is gradually amplified through new episodes which are added laterally or intercalated to add to the generating organic idea." This organic arborescence can be found both in the novel and in Ada Lupu’s stage adaptation, a national premiere.

Roxana Croitoru and Eugenia Sarvari



The heroes... from mental images to stage images


In Ada Lupu’s vision, the troubled consciousness of sub-lieutenant Gheorghidiu is envisioned as a dialogue with the Psychiatrist, an invented character, a character derived from Camil Petrescu’s hero, who helps him better understand himself and confront the two overwhelming dimensions of his life: love and war. 

This introspection, conceived almost cinematographically, leads to the duality of the hero from the novel, played by two actors. So, He is Ștefan Gheorghidiu the speaker, hunted by a troubled self, a "hard soul", as Pompiliu Constantinescu states, "lost in life and unable to compromise, with a geometrically organized mind, yet torn by the insidious assault of love". The other Gheorghidiu is the Ștefan from the past who experiences a passionate last night of love with Ella, torn by jealousy, fighting in the trenches during the first night of war.  They are two transparent images of the same intransigent consciousness searching for absolute love and confronted with the social reality of couple life. 

In a sort of psychoanalytical duality and multiplicity of mental and physical spaces, all the characters enter in a sort of pluridimensional labyrinth where beliefs, consciences, prejudices, projections, desires, frustrations, egos, love and regrets are confronted. Iuliana Vîlsan’s set design, combined with all the videos and images, organically contributes to the stage representation of a true vivisection of the consciousness of Camil Petrescu’s hero.

Ştefana Pop-Curşeu