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KEAN

 

based on Jean-Paul Sartre and William Shakespeare




director: Mihai-Florian Nițu
set and costumes design: Ilona Lőrincz


Cast:
Kean: Mihai-Florian Nițu
Anna: Alexandra Tarce
Salomon: Matei Rotaru


stage manager: Constantin Pojonie
lights technician: Ionuț Maier, Alexandru Corpodean
sound technician: Vlad Negrea

Kean was adapted by J.P. Sartre after Alexandre Dumas's play Kean, ou Désordre et Génie written in 1836 for the actor Frédérick Lemaître, and inspired by the life of the famous and romantic British actor Edmund Kean (1787-1833). The play opened on 14 November 1953 at the "Sarah Bernhardt" Theatre of Paris. The subject, common to Chekhov's Swan Song, depicts Kean in his tiring room, after years of stage glory, looking for the meaning of theatre art, tormented by his loves which were more or less fulfilled.

 

The performance conceived by actor Mihai-Florian Nițu and initially played under professor Adrian Titieni's supervision as graduation performance, went through several changes, and had different casts at Bucharest, then Sfântul Gheorghe. New actors joined at the National Theatre of Cluj-Napoca, Matei Rotaru in the role of Salomon, the devoted prompter, valet and guardian angel of the boisterous and extravagant Kean, and Alexandra Tarce, playing Anna Demby, the merchant's young daughter enthralled with the art of the great actor and aspiring to the double role of actress and wife. The performance hints at the condition of the actor who leads a chaotic, wasteful, passionate, totally unleashed life. His career on the wane, his former roles jumbling into his memory, his mind hazed by alcohol, the hero seems to live in a plan parallel to reality, governed by its own laws which lead him to failure. First of all, a failure of the being. The appeal of this biography is enhanced by the inclusion within the text of Shakespeare's famous characters, Ophelia and Hamlet.


Mihai Florian Nițu graduated UNATC of Bucharest at professor Adrian Titieni's class in 2013. He played in Shakespeare's As You Like It (The "Tony Bulandra" Theatre of Târgoviște), Mariana Hartasanchez's A Banjo and Two Dead (The "Nottara" Theatre), Lia Bugnar's The Wall (The "Metropolis" Theatre), Sorina Creangă's La Boheme musical (The Mignon Theatre), Ioan Petru Culianu's Orestes, The King of Sounds (The "Tudor Vianu" Theatre of Giurgiu), Maitreyi after Mircea Eliade (The "Bulandra" Theatre), Line Knutzon's First You are Born, Molière's Tartuffe, Histrion after Sartre and Shakespeare (The "Andrei Mureșanu" Theatre of Sfântu Gheorghe), Matei Vișniec's Requiem (The National Theatre of Bucharest), Dybbuk after S. Ansky (The Jewish State Theatre).


 


Opening date: Saturday, May 6 2017

"Euphorion" Studio
14+
1h 30 min.