has the pleasure to announce
the world premiere of
by Guillem CLUA
translated by Florin GALIŞ and Iunia MIRCESCU
directed by Bobi PRICOP
stage design Velica PANDURU
sound design Eduard GABIA
videography Tania CUCOREANU
multimedia installation Mizdan, Dan Andrei IONESCU, Luca ACHIM
Cast: Dan AȘTILEAN, Mihai SMARANDACHE, Ioana Anastasia ANTON, Cezar ANTAL/ Alexandru POTOCEAN
Kepler-438b, created within the European project Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe is a multimedia show which uses a video installation of processing and live streaming from an adjacent space to the main hall.
The action is set at an indeterminate time in the future at the UN headquarters, where representatives of the Republic of Malvati, whose territory has almost disappeared due to climate change, ask their counterparts for an island in order to found a new land. Combining comedy, melodrama, political analysis and mythology, the play narrates the adventures of the President and his delegation, who are confronted with surrealist situations as they meet with delegates from different nations in their attempt to ensure their future as a people and as a family.
Guillem Clua, multi-rewarded playwright, scenarist and director, is currently considered one of the most innovative and versatile theater voices in Spain.The critics have described his work as multidisciplinary, eclectic, and very concerned in narrative structure and plot. Storytelling is at the heart of his style, using elements from comedy, thriller or melodrama, a vibrating rhythm, and an unabashed influence from other media, like television and cinema.
Clua was born in Barcelona, now is living in Madrid, but he also has lived in London and New York, cities that have seen his texts staged and have strongly influenced his writing style. His plays have been also staged in Germany, Greece, Venezuela, Chile, Honduras, Mexic, Ciprus and Poland.
Kepler-438b is his most recent play and the only one which has never been produced until now. It has been presented only as a reading performance in Barcelona, Athens, New York and New Jersey. In March 2016, it has been read at the Odeon Theatre, with the same artistic team, in the presence of the author, with the title Promised Land.
Bobi Pricop is one of the most appreciated directors of the new generation. He graduated the National University of Theatre and Cinematography „I.L.Caragiale” from Bucharest – theatre directing section in 2011 and the master studies in 2013.
He has been rewarded with numerous directing prizes, beginning with his debut show Games in the backyard by Edna Mazya, at Act Theatre, but also for Religion Teacher at „Marin Sorescu” Theatre in Craiova, Ashes Afar of Vanner Company, or The green cat at Luceafărul Theatre in Iași, for which he has been nominated in 2016 for UNITER Prize for the best director.
His most recent and aclaimed show is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time based on the novel of Mark Haddon at the National Theatre in Bucharest.
Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe is a cooperation project among theatres, festivals and cultural organisations in Italy, France, Germany, Spain and Romania. The network aims to support and promote the contemporary play-writing across Europe, in order to reinforce and enhance the activities and strategies of the professionals and artists working in the sector and to provide the authors with opportunities of networking, multicultural encounters and professional development.
In the frame of this project, at Odeon Theatre has been presented between 2012 – 2016 eight reading performances from the dramaturgy of all the partner countries. The translated play were published in 2015 and 2016 in the volumes Italian contemporary drama and European contemporary drama, at Cheiron Publishing House and Cultural Foundation „Camil Petrescu”.
Kepler-438b is the first performance produced within this project.
The opening will take place on September, 17th, 19:30, at the Studio Hall, in the presence of the author.
The next representations are scheduled on September, 18th, 24th and 25th.