January 23-31, 2010
NYU, Tisch School of the Arts
721 Broadway at Waverly Place, NYC
SAT, January 30, 7 pm
WIRE & ACROBATS
FREE ADMISSION. Reservation required at smarttix.com
RCINY brings playwright Peca Stefan at the 9th hotINK - international festival of play readings, presented by the Department of Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU.
His latest play, WIRE AND ACROBATS, a story about motorcycles and time warp, and a gruesome and beautiful tale about remembering true love, will be presented on January 30 in a staged reading by New York-based Romanian director Ana Margineanu.
WIRE AND ACROBATS by Peca Stefan. Directed by Ana Margineanu
Emil is a young writer hired by a Western theatre to write a short piece about his country - the "New Romania" - and his quickly improvised story unfolds as a series of almost surrealistic acrobatics that happen in the course of one night in Romania: an unappreciated artist threatens to kill himself in the center of Bucharest; a woman dreams of killing her abusive lover and running away to Iceland; a delusional father insists upon talking to a mummy he believes has hoarded his treasure; a businessman receives an unusual birthday present - a night with a sex worker - from his wife; two sisters must decide what to do with their Father’s ashes. A story about motorcycles and time warp. A gruesome and beautiful tale about remembering true love.
Peca Stefan is considered one of the most powerful voices in Romanian contemporary playwriting. He studied dramatic writing at NYU (2003-2004), was a resident of the Royal Court International Residency (2005) and CEC ArtsLink Playwright in Residence at the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven (2007, 2008). His work has been presented in Romania, the United States, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Estonia, Holland, Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, Belarus and Serbia. His plays have won several awards, including the Heidelberg Stuckemarkt Innovation Award (2007) and London Fringe Report Award for Best Play – Relationship Drama (2006). More info on ww.peca.ro.
Ana Margineanu is a Romanian theatre and television director. Selective theatre directing credits include: 5 Miraculous Minutes in Piatra Neamt, The Sunshine Play, Bucharest Calling, 89, 89… Hot After ’89, Garbage, Cheek to Cheek and Vitamins. Her work has been presented internationally in Basel, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Graz, New York, Prague, Saint Petersburg, Stuttgart and Vienna as well as the major cities of Romania. The Sunshine Play received several awards including Best Play in 2006– Relationship Drama at London Fringe Awards, and the Romanian Critics Award in 2007. Ana is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Theatre and Film, Bucharest. She has lead workshops in Athens, Bucharest, New York and Timisoara. She is a member of DramAcum, directors collective that supports young Romanian playwrights, The Internationalists Directors Collective, and she participated in Lincoln Centers Directors Lab ’07.