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THE MOST BELOVED OF EARTHLINGS

 

script by Tudor Lucanu, after the novel by Marin Preda


director: Tudor Lucanu
set design: Cristian Rusu
costumes design: Cristian Rusu, Sânziana Tarța
music: Șerban Ursachi
lighting designer: Jenel Moldovan


Cast:
Petrini: Matei Rotaru
Matilda: Ramona Dumitrean
Suzy: Sânziana Tarța
Mother: Irina Wintze
Father: Ovidiu Crişan
Petrică: Ioan Isaiu
Grandfather: Petre Băcioiu
Vasile: Radu Lărgeanu
Tasia: Anca Hanu
Petea: Adrian Cucu
Vaintrub: Cosmin Stănilă
Ion Micu: Miron Maxim
Clara: Sânziana Tarța
Istrate: Ruslan Bârlea
Vintilă: Radu Dogaru
Bacaloglu: Radu Lărgeanu
Calistrat: Adrian Cucu
Strelitu': Cosmin Stănilă
Ciceo: Ruslan Bârlea
Olaru: Petre Băcioiu
The Hungarian Colonel: Cătălin Herlo
The Romanian Colonel: Cătălin Herlo
The Captain: Miron Maxim
Officer 1: Ruslan Bârlea
Officer 2: Radu Dogaru
The Instructor: Ovidiu Crişan
The Guard: Adrian Cucu
The Poet: Cosmin Stănilă
Mircea: Ioan Isaiu
Vătămanu: Miron Maxim
Pencea: Cătălin Herlo
Iosif Visarionovici Stalin: Miron Maxim
Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej: Ioan Isaiu
State Workforce Agency Representative: Anca Hanu
The Fiddler: Anca Hanu
The Neighbor: Cosmin Stănilă
The Investigators: Anca Hanu, Sânziana Tarța, Irina Wintze, Radu Lărgeanu, Radu Dogaru, Adrian Cucu, Ioan Isaiu, Cosmin Stănilă, Miron Maxim, Ruslan Bârlea
The Inmates: Anca Hanu, Sânziana Tarța, Irina Wintze, Radu Lărgeanu, Radu Dogaru, Ioan Isaiu, Cosmin Stănilă, Miron Maxim, Ruslan Bârlea
The Clerks: Anca Hanu, Sânziana Tarța, Irina Wintze, Radu Lărgeanu, Radu Dogaru, Adrian Cucu, Cătălin Herlo, Cosmin Stănilă, Miron Maxim


stage manager: Răzvan Pojonie
asistent de regie tehnică: Vlad Negrea
lighting technicians: Jenel Moldovan, Mădălina Mânzat, Alexandru Corpodean
sound technician: Vasile Crăciun
sufleor: Ana Maria Moldovan

The Most Beloved of Earthlings, Marin Preda's last work, paints an ample view upon Romanian Stalinism. The three-volume novel was published in 1980, shortly before the author's tragic demise, on 16 May 1980, at the Writers' Creation House from the Mogoșoaia Palace. Eugen Simion wrote in his preface to the 1984 edition of the novel: "The Most Beloved of Earthlings is a total novel (...), which depicts an individual destiny that assumes the history, and a history that lives through an individual destiny". The hero, philosopher and academic Victor Petrini, was shaped after the tragic fate of famous Romanian writers like I.D. Sîrbu and Ion Caraion, both of whom were victims of political persecution after the installation of communism. Critic Laurențiu Ulici justly observed that all the moments "of the hero's social life enable the author to examine in realistic, blunt terms the «haunting decade of Stalinism»". 

 

The title of the famous novel was suggested by Aurora Cornu, with whom Marin Preda had a passionate love affair, followed by a four-year marriage. She used to pamper her husband by calling him "the most beloved of earthlings". However, when the novel was published, its title seemed a mean-spirited hint at "the most beloved son of the people" surname given to Nicolae Ceaușescu by the official press. Petrini's passion for Suzy - an actual sunshine after the tormented and deceptive marriage to Matilda - is artfully recomposed by director-scenographer Tudor Lucanu, who inserts new fragments in the text on the basis of the production. "Extremely interesting life philosophies" from "the lower strata of society" are "mirrored", then opposed to The Age of Bastards, as Victor Petrini calls his times. Victor Petrini experiences a constant lack of freedom. This explains the director and the scenographer Cristian Rusu's option for a confining, opressing prison environment.


Tudor Lucanu deftly leads his actors through the turns of this story "like some sort of guide who set the track, and has travelled the road before, who knows the destination, and has seen the whole map". The dramatist-director proves to be the right guide to help us understand that  terrible "Age of Bastards".


Ticket prices:

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

10 lei (discounts for pupils and students);
20 lei, 15 lei (discounts for pensioners).

 


 


Opening date: Friday, May 24 2019

Next performances
Wednesday, October 9 2019
Tuesday, October 15 2019
Main stage
16+
2h 30 min., (one intermission)