|On May 18, 19 and 26, director Ella Joseph premieres an adaptation of Marin Sorescu's JONAH in Buffalo, New York, featuring performers Diane McNamara & Patrick Posey and percussionist Jason Bauers.
"My characters are irrevocably contemplative, forever unprotected in life, entirely unarmed from a pragmatic point of view... They couldn't cross the Channel other than on a miraculous husk of a flask, more fragile that the egg of a swallow, forgotten under the eaves of a peasant's home. Not a sterile egg, but just delayed, the birth within it postponed, yet imminent."
Marin Sorescu (1936-1996), poet, playwright and novelist, was one of the most original voices in Romanian literature. His masterpiece play, Jonah (1968), also described as a poem monologue, was translated in many languages and staged all over the world. Sorescu's story of Jonah differs from the biblical myth. Critic and literary historian Vladimir Streinu (1902-1970) described it as the conflict between idealism and the idea of freedom on one hand and the damnation of the human condition on the other – where Jonah spends his lifetime traversing from the belly of one whale into another in a metaphysical loneliness.
In 1998, director Ella Joseph staged Jonah at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, Canada.
Jonah Interrupted is another personal interpretation of Sorescu’s play. Employing a visceral, spiritual and intellectual approach, this last adaptation seeks to involve the audience in their "interrupted" existence. In homage to Marin Sorescu whose 75th anniversary since his birth was celebrated last year, 2011.