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by Vasile Alecsandri

director: Alexandru Dabija
set and costume design: Cristian Rusu
original music: Ada Milea, Anca Hanu
stage movement: Florin Fieroiu
costume design assitant: Cătălina Chirilă
assistant director: Leta Popescu

Sânziana, Old woman Catrina, Fairy: Anca Hanu
Old woman Rada, The Lake fairy: Miriam Cuibus
Old woman Anghelica, Fairy: Angelica Nicoară
Old woman Marghioala, Fairy: Irina Wintze
Tândală, Old woman Gheorghița: Romina Merei / Diana Buluga
Old woman Casandra, Fairy: Adriana Băilescu
The enchanted bird: Patricia Brad / Diana-Ioana Licu
Pepelea: Matei Rotaru
The dragon, Old woman Anica: Ionuț Caras
Papură, Old woman Domnica: Radu Lărgeanu
Codruța: Cristian Grosu
Păcală: Adrian Cucu
The king Grasshopper: Cătălin Herlo
The King Burnallover: Dragoș Pop
The priest Parody: Cristian Rigman
Zorilă, The cupbearer: Miron Maxim
The King of Dusk, Papură’s steward, Statu-Palmă-Barbă-Cot - fantastic creature: Silvius Iorga
Mihnea - the devout trompetist: Mihnea Blidariu

stage manager: [Arhidiade Mureşan] / Ioan Negrea
lighting designer: Jenel Moldovan
lighting technicians: Mădălina Mânzat, Alexandru Corpodean
sound technician: Marius Rusu

Alecsandri makes us revisit, as Alexandru Dabija has also mentioned, the childhood of Romanian theatre, a childhood which invites today’s audience to be part of  a game, to accept the convention of naivety, the exaggerated characters, the voluntary grotesque, since "in a country of dolls, the honesty of most rolls!". Of all the plays written by Alecsandri, Sânziana and Pepelea (written in 1881) seems to be the closest to this universe taken out of a fair puppeteer’s box. He significantly names it "a national fairy", mocking all the Romanian fairy tale characters and clichés and posting them in front of the deforming mirror of modernity, anticipating the avant-garde style of Alfred Jarry’s works.


Ştefana Pop-Curşeu

Ticket prices:

50 lei, 40 lei, 30 lei, 20 lei, 10 lei (depending on the seat location);

10 lei - discounts for pupils, students, pensioners.

Audience award, voted on-line by the spectators of Cluj-Napoca National Theatre, awarded within the Cluj-Napoca National Theatre Awards Gala, 2014.

Special Award for Music
for Ada Milea and Anca Hanu, and the Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, for Ionuţ Caras, in the roles of „The Dragon" and „Old Woman Anica", at the Romanian Comedy Festival from Bucharest, 2014.

Production invited to the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu, 21st edition, 2014.

Production invited to The European Performance Festival from Timişoara - Festival of Romanian Drama, within the Romanian Drama section (FDR), 2014.

Production invited to the 19th edition of the Arad International Classic Theatre Festival, 2013.

Opening date: 6 octombrie 2013

Next performance
Sunday, April 28 2024, at 19:00
Main stage
2 h., with one intermission