Tue, Mar 26


Romanian Cultural Institute

“Jonah” Opens Our Romanian-American Studio Theater Program

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“Jonah” Opens Our Romanian-American Studio Theater Program

Time & Location

Mar 26, 2019, 7:00 PM EDT – Mar 29, 2019, 9:00 PM EDT

Romanian Cultural Institute, 200 East 38th Street, New York, NY, USA

About The Event

We’re launching our brand-new theatrical series, The Romanian-American Studio Theater of New York, with “Jonah”, a thought-provoking allegory of ecological devastation and the personal and moral implications it brings about. Directed with visual flair by American Sharon Willems and performed in English by London-based Romanian actor Bogdan Silaghi, the show is an ingenious contemporary update of one of the most famous monologues in Romanian theater, written by great poet and playwright Marin Sorescu (1936-1996).

“Jonah”, which premiered at RCI London in 2017, is presented in the United States by RCI New York in collaboration with the UK theater company Kibo Productions, with the support of the Romanian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and Busboys and Poets.

The Romanian-American Studio Theater of New York is one of several new permanent programs of the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, offering, throughout the year, chamber performances in English of exquisite quality, created by Romanian, American and international talent.

“‘Jonah’, as performed here, is the product of great, imaginative literature matched with great theatrical effort.” – Central and Eastern European London Review


By: Marin Sorescu Translation: Andrea Deletant and Brenda Walker Director: Sharon Willems With: Bogdan Silaghi Visuals by: Cristian Luchian & Leo Băcică

Performed in English.

Where & when:

Washington, D.C., Busboys and Poets, Tuesday 26 March, 7 p.m. Followed by a conversation about conservation and ecology.

New York City, Romanian Cultural Institute, Friday 29 March, 7 p.m. Followed by a glass of wine.

Our events are free and seating is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. We generally overbook to ensure a full house.

Sharon Willems is the artistic director of Kibo Productions and previously directed Kibo’s five-star production of “Tea Set” by Gina Moxley (The White Bear/ Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh), starring Amy Molloy. Prior to this Sharon directed the UK premiere of “Birthday” by Brooklyn-based playwright Crystal Skillman (Waterloo East Theatre/ Camden Fringe) and wrote the foreword for the subsequent Samuel French publication. She has curated several new writing events for Kibo Productions and this summer will work with award-winning playwright, Jaki McCarrick (“Leopoldville”, PapaTango Prize) to develop “Tussy", a new work on the life of feminist revolutionary Eleanor Marx. Sharon is also a freelance director and dramaturg and has worked across London on new writing for Little Pieces of Gold, The Off Cut Festival, PapaTango Theatre Company, and Salt Theatre Company. Say hello on twitter @kiboproductions and visit www.kiboproductions.com for more information.

Trained in both his native Romania and in London at East15 Acting School, Bogdan Silaghi has been working in various theaters (with, amongst others, Christopher Hayden for The Gate Theatre and Robin Sneller) and film projects (Debbie Tucker Green’s “Second Coming”) both in the UK and abroad. Recent credits include Oliver in “As Yo