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Marin Sorescu: VLAD DRACULA THE IMPALER

FRI, May 13, 7.30 pm
RCINY - The Gallery/Carturesti Book Exhibition

FREE ADMISSION

Marin Sorescu: VLAD DRACULA THE IMPALER (A treia ţeapă)
A Reading the Tea Leaves performative reading directed by John Eisner


Join us in RCINY Gallery/Carturesti Book Exhibition for the staged reading of the play Vlad Dracula The Impaler, directed by John Eisner. This event continues the Reading the Tea Leaves series of performative readings, a program that highlights classic and contemporary Romanian authors.

The historical drama VLAD DRACULA THE IMPALER (A treia teapa) was written by Marin Sorescu in 1978. As much of what has been produced during the communist regime, under the constant threat of censorship, the play draws with irony and dark humor a parallel between medieval Romania and Sorescu's own times. Sorescu's Prince Vlad the Impaler has nothing to do with Bram Stoker's Dracula or modern vampires of the popular culture; Vlad is a cruel, tormented figure, who eventually plans to impale himself between his victims.

Translated from the Romanian by Dennis Deletant and published in 1987 by Forrest Books, London/Boston.

Performed by: Philip Callen, Joel de la Fuente, Jennifer Dorr White, Sam Guncler, Anna Kull, Tom Ligon, Jake Paque, Scott Sowers, C.J. Wilson


Marin Sorescu (1936-1996) was a prolific Romanian poet, playwright, novelist and essayist, an unconformist explorer of metaphysical parables behind everyday experience. Marin Sorescu ironic voice emerged in Romanian literature in the 1960s. Sorescu's plays and poetry have earned him, Deletant states, "an unequaled audience" at home in Romania. And translations of his work into English have helped him build a secure international reputation. Sorescu's first book, Singur printre poeti (1964), was a collection of poetic parodies and pastiches of conventional lyrical expressions. The work was an immediate success. It was followed by Poeme. Versuri. Parodii (1965), Moartea ceasului (1966), Poeme (1967), and Tineretea lui Don Quijote (1968, Don Quijote's Tender Years). With Iona (1965, Johan), Paraliserul (1970, The Verger), two one-man plays, and Matca (1973, The Matrix), about creation and destruction, Sorescu established his reputation as a major modern playwright. In the 1970s Sorescu started to compose historical dramas. Since 1983 Sorescu was a corresponding member of the Mallarmé Academy. In 1991 Marin Sorescu was appointed member of the Romanian Academy. In 1993 he was appointed Minister of Culture. Sorescu was also a Nobel Prize candidate in literature.

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