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by I.L. Caragiale

director and music selection: Dragoș Pop
set and costume design: Adriana Grand
lighting designer: Jenel Moldovan
assistant directors: Teodora Minea, Tudor Antofie

Boss Dumitrache Tartar the Hard-hearted, lumber dealer, Captain in the National Guard: Ovidiu Crişan
Nick Gumshoe, Precinct Chief, member of the same political party as the Captain: Miron Maxim
Kyriak, lumberyard manager, the Captain's trustworthy right-hand man, Sergeant in the National Guard: Ioan Isaiu
Spiro, an orphan apprenticed to Boss Dumitrache's household: Alexandra Tarce / Silvius Iorga
Rich Venturiano, archivist at one of the lower courthouses, law student and newspaper reporter: Radu Lărgeanu
Veta, Boss Dumitrache's better-half: Ramona Dumitrean
Zitsa, Mary Jane's sister: Romina Merei

stage manager: Vlad Negrea
lighting technician: Mădălina Mânzat, Andrei Mitran
sound technician: Vasile Crăciun
prompter: [Ana Maria Moldovan], Alina Forna

After almost one and a half century from the first staging of A Stormy Night, Caragiale's text retains its powers of fascination over actors, directors, and spectators. Oftentimes this fascination, rather than being driven by a desire to modernise, to bring into the present the romantic, social and political themes fiercely painted by Caragiale's humorous and sarcastic brush, stems from the very charm and vibrancy of that age, solidifying the image of the eternal Romanian, after having now reached that distance which is essential for trigerring off the mechanisms of the comic. The more we try to escape that image, the stronger it becomes - our unshakeable shadow. It is impossible today not to be aware of the glaring clash between essence and appearance, the unfounded pretension, the empty political discourse, the fleeting romances, the betrayals and love triangles of the so-called good society for which being fashionable - in thought and in behaviour - is the highest law. Castigat ridendo mores, the Latins would say, and there is no doubt that Caragiale still has the power to sanction the unwarranted whip wielders of Romanian society. 

Ștefana Pop-Curșeu


Opening date: Sunday, January 23 2022

Next performance
Sunday, September 8 2024, at 19:00
Main stage
1h 50 min.