In a twisted society losing sight of reality, theater may hold a key to redemption
The RCI Digital Stage is busier than ever as another original production, an experimental media hybrid shown as part of the „Constantin Chiriac Presents” miniseries, comes to enrich our online theatrical program. Directed by Bobi Pricop, one of Romania’s most daring young directors, LIVE takes on a new concept of creating and experiencing theatre during the pandemic and questions notions like truth and reality through five stories about how to make sense of the world in a fragmented, post factual age.
With a conversation between Constantin Chiriac, founder and President of the Sibiu International Theater Festival, and legendary Joseph Melillo, Executive Producer, Emeritus at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM).
„Constantin Chiriac Presents” offers a lineup of three shows curated for the RCI Digital Stage by the influential actor, manager and festival director from a roster of recent productions of The ”Radu Stanca” National Theater of Sibiu.
Facebook premiere on Wednesday, November 25 at 8 p.m. New York & Toronto time / 5 p.m. Los Angeles & Vancouver time. The recording will remain available on our page for 24 hours. (Please follow the link to watch.)
By Thomas Perle
Performed in Romanian with English subtitles
Director & stage designer: Bobi Pricop
Original music: Eduard Gabia
Director of photography, sound designer & editor: Mihai Popa
Video designer: Dan Basu
Costume designer assistant: Emőke Boldizsár
Live editor: Ovidiu Coca
Project manager: Hunor Horvath
Project assistant: Eliza Ceprăzaru
Cast: Johanna Adam, Yannick Becker, Emőke Boldizsár, Daniel Bucher, Anca Cipariu, Fabiola Petri, Daniel Plier, Valentin Späth/Ali Deac
“LIVE is designed as work-in-progress, the play was developed from scratch in close cooperation with the actors’ personal stories, as the characters and the situations depicted in the show reflect the thoughts and the concerns of the whole team. It has been an organic process in which we have acquired new languages, explored various ways of working together and of expressing ourselves. The presentation formula we’ve stopped at is a hybrid, with the performance unfolding on the stage for a limited number of spectators (when it will be possible) and at the same time being streamed online, in a pay-per-view system, for the digital spectators of TNRS. The play follows five short stories taking place online; they are all contemporary extreme situation inviting us to reflect on how reality can be perceived in the post-truth era, a time when anything is possible and credible, as long as it can set an emotional connection to our vulnerabilities, predispositions or expectations.” - Bobi Pricop