Livestreamed on this page on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 18:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 20:00 EET (Cluj, UTC +2)
One of eight performances written by eight contemporary Romanian playwrights, presented by Reactor
Reactor presented a performance of Glory livestreamed on the global, commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 11 a.m. PDT (San Francisco, UTC -7) / 2 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 18:00 GMT (London, UTC +0) / 20:00 EET (Cluj, UTC +2).
By: Alexa Băcanu
Directed by: Olivia Grecea
With: Alexandra Caras, Radu Dogaru, Oana Mardare, Paul Socol
Music by: Linda Ianchiş
Stage design and costumes: Andra Handaric
Puppets made by: Forró Ágnes
”Oh, Glory, who no one knows exactly how to define, how perfect you are to justify our choices, to guide our steps towards dangers that we would otherwise avoid from a distance, to make us forget that we are mortals and if we get hurt, it hurts!”
From fairy tales to contemporary narratives, stories seduce, overwhelm and inspire us. Following archetypal characters through time and space, we start from their role and our need to communicate through them, so that in the end we can arrive at a better understanding of our own stories.
Produced by Reactor
About the author: Alexa Băcanu
Alexa Băcanu is a playwright and cultural manager based in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Beginning with 2009, she has written plays that have been staged in both independent and state theatres, and have been published in cultural magazines and anthology volumes. She is part of the ten playwrights representing Romania in the international program Fabulamundi: Playwriting Europe.
She is interested in experimenting with structure and narrative and looks for subjects that are rooted in reality and which allow her to explore themes that interest her in her own life: social pressure, discrimination, media/pop culture influence on world perception, our relationship with time, psychological disorders such as anxiety and depression.
Her latest staged works include the works:
Third Row, Close to the Edge, a play documenting what it was like to live as a homosexual during the last century in Romania (Reactor Cluj, 2019, directed by Sânziana Stoican),
The Mars Operation, a meditation on the anthropocentric era framed by the search for the first human colonists on Mars (The National Theatre of Craiova, 2019, directed by Dragoș Mușoiu)
Schrödinger’s Cat, a story about depression and anxiety with a background of research involving psychologists and volunteers (produced in October 2018 at unteatru Theatre in Bucharest and directed by Alexandru Berceanu).
About the project:
Focus: Contemporary Playwriting
Eight performances written by eight contemporary Romanian playwrights.
The project aims to gather a selection of representative performances from some of Romania’s young playwrights working today. Despite differing styles, they are all dealing with current issues faced by their mostly young audience: from parental abandonment, the educational system or the complex ways they are being influenced by pop culture, to couple relations and the sense of imminent planetary disaster.
Six of these performances have been produced by the independent theatre Reactor, based in Cluj, Transylvania, while two others are coproductions of four other independent cultural organizations.
This cultural event is co-funded by The Administration of the National Cultural Fund (AFCN). The project doesn’t necessarily express the views of the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. AFCN is not responsible for the content of this project, nor for the way its products are being used. That is solely the responsibility of the grant beneficiary.
The project is also co-funded by the Cluj-Napoca City Hall and Local Council.
Reactor (Reactor – a place for creative experiments - full name) is an independent theatre founded in 2014 and focusing on contemporary dramaturgy, artistic experiment and social themes. It is also encouraging constant artistic development by organizing workshops for theatre professionals as well as the general public, and by offering residencies for emerging artists. Two of the plays included in this series have been written during the Drama 5 playwriting residency happening at Reactor annually since 2016 (All’s Well That Ends and Our Little Centenary).
Reactor is also working towards a more open and reciprocal relation with its audience, by audience developing programs, cultural mediation and community activities. Three of the productions included in this series have been voted by the audience to be staged, after presenting the first 15 minutes of each of them (out of a total of five possibilities): I Like Sushi, Finally the End, and Glory.
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