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Bucharest Calling... Düsseldorf

A project by Alexandru Mihaescu

Host organization: Theater an der Ruhr and Forum Freies Theater, Düsseldorf

October 2007, Forum Freies Theater, Düsseldorf (Germany)

In October 2007, the Monday Theatre@Green Hours was hosted in Düsseldorf and performed the piece "Bucharest Calling" in English under Ana Margineanu's direction.

What should you do if you live in a city that seems to be facing dismal prospects? Bu - ka - rest. Three blows in the face. An aircraft that cannot take off. An annoying, paralytic mother on her deathbed. Each of the five characters - a club girl, a prostitute, her pimp, a radio DJ, and an illegal racecar driver - knows that you have to change something in your life. However, they are all chasing dreams that they can hardly define, let alone achieve. If the pressure of the city could be diminished? Then the aircraft could finally take off.

The German premiere of "Bucharest Calling" presented the newest piece by Peca Stefan, one of Romania's most famous young playwrights. In August 2007 it was part of the Fringe Festival in New York City and met with great success. In 2007, Peca won the Heidelberger Stückemarkt's innovation award with his piece "Romania 21." He works as a house dramaturge at the Green Hours Jazz Café & Theatre - one of the few independent venues in Bucharest that produces new Romanian theater.

At the end of the performance, there was an open discussion about the history and development of independent Romanian theater after 1989. Participants included Voicu Radescu, director of the Green Hours Club, and Kathrin Tiedemann, artistic director of the Forum Freies Theater. After that, there were Balkan beats and a party with DJ Leizaboy from Timişoara in the foyer.

With support from: Robert Bosch Stiftung, Romanian Cultural Institute Berlin