class="">The Trial after Franz Kafka

The Trial after Franz Kafka

21 October, 22 October | 21:00
Odeon Theatre, Majestic Hall

Kafta’s The Trial is like a dream. Despite the sombre image we tend to associate to him, Kafta was a dreamer, and his works carry that dream substance in them, from their structure to the strangeness of the images, sounds, ideas and emotions that they convey. His writings imitate at an almost absurd level the irrational and scary madness of this nocturnal universe in movement that we call “dream”.



The existential topic proposed by the author is that of the Being who lost his self due to endless pride, undermined by the hang-up of his own superiority, victim of an identity and spiritual crisis. Nowadays, Man lost conscience of his bond to the Universe, hypnotized by his own self. A self which, under the burden of his inflamed ego, is eventually turned into mere remains of a false identity, founded on illusion.

The forefront of the existential theme illustrates, in Josef K.’s case, a rigid behaviour and secret carnal desires that he pulls out of pain, trying to repress his fury, hate, guilt, pride, fear… And so much more! The absurd, nightmarish system of Justice amplifies those paradoxical desires, offering a fertile and generous environment for experiencing them intensely. But at the same time, the very same system is a machine which stimulates his pride. Thus, the appearance of the illusion of his ephemeral legitimacy as a moral, faultless being…

The second front of the existential theme brings the topic of terms paired such as: to have and to be, a conflict which, in K.’s case, translates into the dissipation of his authentic existence in favour of an illusory accumulation of justifications. The irresistible urge to go seach for “to be” is absolutely necessary, but it will eventually be unachievable, because the character fragments his own existence endlessly. (Mihaela Panainte)

Translated by: Gellu Naum

Adapted by: Mihaela Panainte and Daniel Ilea


K: Ionuţ Caras

Painter Titorelli, Flogger, Court Usher: Cristian Grosu

Leni, Girl 1, Kaminer: Patricia Brad

Defense lawyer Huld, Willem the Guard, Agent 1: Matei Rotaru

Block, the Priest: Adrian Cucu

Fräulein Bürstner, Girl 3, Robensteiner: Anca Hanu

The Uncle, Franz the Guard, Agent 2: Radu Lărgeanu

The Laundress, Girl 2, Kullich: Angelica Nicoară

Frau Grubach, A Person in the crowd: Elena Ivanca

Student Berthold, a Defendant: Cristian Rigman

The Inspector, Desk Supervisor: Mihai-Florian Nițu

Directed by: Mihaela Panainte

Set Design: Helmut Stürmer

Choreography: Enikő Györgyjakab

Original Score: Şerban Ursachi

Light Design: Jenel Moldovan

Duration: 1 h 30 min (no intermission) 

“Lucian Blaga” National Theatre, Cluj-Napoca