Radu Stanca National Theatre (Romania)
Photo: Mihaela Marin, Dragoș Dumitru

Monday, November 25, Main Hall

Original script by Silviu Purcărete, after Oedipus Rex and Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles
Romanian translation by: Constantin Georgescu, Simona Georgescu, Theodor Georgescu
1h 30'  without intermission 

Oedipus, King of Thebes: Constantin Chiriac
Jocasta, wife of Oedipus / Antigone, daughter of Oedipus: Ofelia Popii
Ismene, daughter of Oedipus: Diana Fufezan
Teiresias, an old blind prophet / An old shepherd / Theseus, King of Athens : Diana Văcaru Lazăr
Creon, brother of Jocasta: Cristian Stanca
Polyneices, son of Oedipus: Ioan Paraschiv
Messenger: Adrian Matioc
Messenger from Corinth: Pali Vecsei

Choir: Veronica Arizancu, Emőke Boldizsár, Florin Coşuleţ, Diana Fufezan, Adrian Matioc, Ioan Paraschiv, Eduard Pătraşcu, Ofelia Popii, Cristina Ragos, Cristian Stanca, Cristina Stoleriu/Serenela Mureșan, Diana Văcaru Lazăr, Pali Vecsei.


Set and costume design: Dragoș Buhagiar
Music: Vasile Șirli
Director's assistant: Sanda Anastasof, Crista Bilciu
Light design: Dragoş Buhagiar, Silviu Purcărete

The Radu Stanca National Theatre’s production is an adaptation of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus and Oedipus Rex, capturing director Silviu Purcărete’s staging with the force of an almost cinematic approach , which blends reality with imagination, developing a poetics of excruciating detail. It is a painting of dismay, premonitions, and wretchedness, in the spirit of the great masters, a contemporary interpretation of a legendary destiny.

Oidipus is one of the most beautiful texts of dramatic literature. As others have noted, after many years, I have returned to Greek tragedies, an opportunity for me to exercise my desire to create the same images again and again. In fact, I work with a very limited inventory of images and it has been a while since I last worked with these types of images. So it’s great that I did this production without having to hide the use of the same 1970s aesthetic, which was very close to my heart and to my generation. What can I do?! This is my age and my destiny. And I thought we need to create a truly 1970s performance… It’s a complicated production, it’s a complicated text, it’s not the kind of performance that has audiences flocking to it. Oidipus was not planned to be a popular production... Faust, for example, is a popular text and its performance was conceived as a popular one. The fact that it has an extraordinary success is a very nice surprise... Here, however, the text is complicated, it is harder to digest, and the performance somehow follows that lead. I mean, it’s not a production that overlaps with the notion of entertainment… as Faust is to some extent. It’s a more problematic performance, because the play itself is problematic. The work contains problems that have never been unraveled...”

Silviu Purcărete

Photo: Mihaela Marin, Dragoș Dumitru