The 2009 NTF opens its doors to debutants!

[b]Felix Crainicu[/b], [b]David Schwartz[/b] and [b]Alexandru Mihaescu[/b] are the three stage directors selected by Cristina Modreanu this year for the NTF Debut section, the last two with two shows each. The short list of the section initiated last year is completed by [b]Bogdan Georgescu[/b], a playwright and stage director, a dynamic presence in Romanian theater and original explorer of the performing arts with a critical, open, participative potential. The series of shows in the [b]Debut section[/b] of the 2009 NTF begins at the most dynamic independent theater in Bucharest, LUNI (Monday) Theater at Green Hours that has scheduled for Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1 at 22.00 [i]Make Room![/i] by Mihaela Michailov, directed by David Schwartz. Cristina Modreanu, 2009 NTF selector, saw in this show “an expression of the revolt of a generation against the incompetent state apparatus, indifferent to the problems of ordinary people.” Wednesday, November 4 and Thursday, November 5 at 22.00, LUNI Theater at Green Hours has scheduled [i]The Concrete[/i], after Vladimir Sorokin, directed by Alexandru Mihaescu. Its plot is simple: three young people go out for a night of clubbing involving repeated visits to the “Literary Archives”, where they “consume” classical literary works. How they do it and what follows you must discover by yourselves. Both are productions of LUNI Theater at Green Hours. NTF Debut continues at the National Theater’s Atelier hall with [i]Romania! I Kiss You[/i] by Bogdan Georgescu (playwright) and David Schwartz again (stage director), on Friday, November 6, at 18.00 and 21.00. Upon entrance the audience is greeted by a few actors who, after introducing themselves, create links between the scenes by means of a soundtrack made by hitting various housewares, while their colleagues are telling a story of Romania today. The show is produced by the Vasile Alecsandri National Theater in Iasi. Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7 at 22.00, at La Scena Club, Arca Theater presents [i]Hippies and Bolsheviks[/i], by Amiel Gladstone, directed by Felix Crainicu, a show whose leitmotif is making God laugh by telling Him your plans. Felix Crainicu signs a show connected to contemporaneity, balanced and touching: it’s his graduation show. The last show included in this year’s Debut section is [i]Pool (No Water)[/i] by Mark Ravenhill, directed by Alexandru Mihaescu, produced by the German State Theater in Timisoara, scheduled Sunday, November 8, at. 18.00 and 20.30 respectively, at the National Theater’s Atelier hall. “It would be exaggerated for me to claim that the stage director creates a new theatrical language, but Alexandru Mihaescu’s both shows, typical of postdramatic theater, contain a series of new forms worth exploiting in the future as well,” says Cristina Modreanu, theater critic and NTF sole selector.