The tenth anniversary edition of the UNDERCLOUD International Independent Theatre Festival is kicking off today. ARCUB-Gabroveni will host over 40 events-theatre shows, dialogues and meetings until August 31.
The „Krapp’s last tape” show directed by Jarosław Fret, director of Grotowski Institute from Poland will open the festival today at 6 p.m. The first representation is sold-out. The show will have its second representation at 9 p.m.
The artist proposes an event reversal of Beckett’s text: a young actor registers his voice to use the tape on the moment in the future when he will be ready to play Krapp’s character. The setting of the production is quite impressive, being made of 800 cardboard boxes.
Director and actor, Jarosław Fret is the founder of ZAR Theatre, director of Grotowski Institute and professor at the National Academy of Theatre Arts din Krakow.
The first day of the festival will present the “Maria Callas-La Divina” musical show directed by late Radu Gabrea, with Victoria Cocias as leading actress. Inspired from Callas’ life, the theatre play is focused on the end of her career, when, leaving the stage behind, she devotes herself to the pedagogical work.
The first day of the festival also includes two one-woman-show representations, racing in the Competition section: „A lonely woman” by Daniel Grigore-Simion (7 p.m.) and „Half song” by Crista Bilciu (8 p.m.).
UNDERCLOUD presents other two shows on Wednesday: „Two contemporary women”, a theatre-dance production and „Before Christ”, a sad comedy produced by Frilensăr theatre company.
Famous French writers Frederic Beigbeder (August 25) and Pascal Bruckner (August 30) are among the honorary guests at Undercloud this year.
Two events will have Pascal Bruckner into the limelight: “The President’s Christmas” will be staged as a first at the festival, as well as his second theatre play, “What will you have?” directed by Chris Simion-Mercurian.
Oona & Salinger’s reading show, after the homonym novel by Frederic Beigbeder’s will be released as a first at Undercloud, in a production directed by Chris Simion-Mercurian. The author imagines a love story to be doomed to failure between the US icon novelist J.D. Salinger and Oona, the daughter of equally famous novelist Eugene O’Neill.