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September 18, 2020

Young playwrights at National Theatre Festival

This year’s edition of the National Theatre Festival taking place in Bucharest, from October 31 through November 8 is bringing together a series of independent theatre performances authored by debutant directors and presented within the ‘Debut’ section of the festival.

The ‘Debut’ section will begin at the LUNI Theatre at the Green Hours, with ‘Make Room!’, an adaptation of a text written by Mihaela Michailov, directed by David Schwartz, Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1, from 10 PM. On Wednesday, November 4, and on Thursday, November 5, from 10 PM, the same LUNI Theatre at the Green Hours will host the ‘Concretes’, a stage adaptation of Russian author Vladimir Sorokin’s directed by Alexandru Mihaescu. Playwright Bogdan Georgescu and director David Schwartz are inviting the festival public to the Atelier Hall of the Bucharest national Theatre on Friday, November 6, from 6 PM and from 9 PM, to their ‘Romania! I Kiss You!’ – a production of the ‘Vasile Alecsandri’ National Theatre in Iasi. Friday, November 6, and Saturday, November 7, from 10 PM, the ‘Arca’ Theatre presents ‘Hippies and Bolsheviks’ by Amiel Gladstone, directed by Felix Crainicu, at the La Scena Club, the leitmotif of the show being ‘How one can make God laugh? By sharing your plans’. The last performance proposed in the ‘Debut’ section of the festival this year is ‘Pool (no water)’ by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Alexandru Mihaescu, produced by the Timisoara German State Theatre to be played on Sunday, November 8, from 6 PM and from 8.30 PM at the Atelier Hall of the National Theatre. ‘The director’s conception is for the acting space to double the walling of an art gallery where characters at times turn into exhibits’ festival selector and theatre critic Cristina Modreanu explains.

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