THE RCI DIGITAL STAGE PRESENTS: “LOTTERY TICKETS” - A TRAGICOMEDY ABOUT THE WHIMS OF LUCK
Updated: Jul 3
“...a symphonical theatrical jewel about the whims of luck (a protruding theme in Caragiale’s writing), a theatrical symphony exemplarily directed, with a care for the pace of scenic exposure, rarely seen lately in Romanian theatre.”
As part of a partnership with The National Theater of Bucharest, we are proud to present in our Digital Stage series one of the best performances of recent years, “LOTTERY TICKETS”, an adaptation after a famous short story by Romania’s iconic playwright, I. L. Caragiale. Directed by influential Alexandru Dabija, the humorous story of a ridiculous clerk hitting the jackpot at the lottery acquires dark, expressionistic notes, which keeps the viewers at the edge of their seats. A cautionary tale for the modern times, about the evanescent nature of luck and the destructive power of self-illusions.
With a special intro message from director Alexandru Dabija.
after I.L. Caragiale
Director: Alexandru Dabija
Decor: Helmuth Stürmer, Andrada Chiriac (assistant)
Costumes: Liliana Cenean, Irina Moscu (assistant)
Soundtrack: Alexandru Dabija
Assistant Director: Patricia Katona
Stage Movement: Florin Fieroiu
Duration: 1 Hour
The subtitled broadcast is made possible by a partnership between the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York and The National Theater of Bucharest.
Gipsy women: Ana Ciontea, Corina Moise, Eliza Păuna
Mrs. Popescu: Valentina Zaharia
Mr. Lefter Popescu: Gavril Pătru
Storyteller: Marius Manole
Captain Pandele: Mădălin Mandin
Commissioner Turtureanu: Daniel Hara
Mr Georgescu - The boss: Mihai Munteniţă
Mitica, The Attendant: Eduard Mihai Cîrlan
Newsboy: Ionuț Toader
The Banker: Dragoş Dumitru
Police executioner: Marcel Bălănescu
About the play:
"Lottery Tickets" is swirlingly staged by Alexandru Dabija, this master of contemporary direction, who is quartered in the essence of essences. Although joyful, the work is profoundly tragic. It's an urban Scourge.” (Dinu Grigorescu).
“...a symphonical theatrical jewel about the whims of luck (a protruding theme in Caragiale’s writing), a theatrical symphony exemplarily directed, with a care for the pace of scenic exposure, rarely seen lately in Romanian theatre.” (Mircea Morariu)
"Alexandru Dabija…created a show that produces a strong impression on the audience…Destiny, good luck, bad luck, misfortune, disaster ... In “Lottery Tickets”, luck induces euphoria and the misfortune creates compassion on one hand and horror on the other." (Maria Sarbu)