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2017 edition

Oradea International Theater Festival | FITORadea


"FAT PIG" by Neil LaBute, is a bitter comedy about uncomfortable subjects, about how brave we are to be ourselves, about cowardice in the face of a cruel society that, apparently, strives for perfection but in reality puts a lot of pressure on us. We end up simulating this perfection by displaying FORMS established by society as the image of perfection, but which only reaches form because the substance is lost in this uniformity. "Fat Pig" is the story of a young corporate man who falls in love with a cute overweight librarian, only his friends and colleagues at the firm react strongly when they learn of the young man's "inappropriate" relationship.


I don't expect anyone to come to the theater today just to see two hours of the agony of a decrepit actor in a mutilated theater at the end of a world in agony. I think we are facing a text about decomposition and disintegration, organic and essential fears of each of us. And that's what we tried to talk about, each in the way we had the courage to reveal ourselves. Of course, at the same time, the show questions the meaning of art, of theater, in uncertain times for society. We ask questions about the status of the artist and his relationship with the world. But this is not the main purpose of our approach.


"Being born in Arad, I often wondered who lived in the buildings on which today it says "historical monument" or what kind of shops there were 100 years ago instead of the pharmacies and casinos that exist today on the boulevard and what were people doing on a saturday night?


The show starts from a broad framework of club offerings that promise pleasures and rediscovery of sexuality. Through searches in one's own stories and desires, the show touches, in a complex and personal way, the different forms of contemporary love. Where and how do we find peace in the concepts of "single" or "open"? How do we come to exorcise our desire for tenderness and how do we relate to "great love" today? What are the current ways to rekindle passion in long-lasting couples? Are there still perfect couples today?


"Immigrate or there are too many of us on this damn boat", by Matei Vişniec, artistic direction Ovidiu Caiţa, scenography Oana Cernea, presents a hot topic of today's Europe, confronted with the wave of migrants from the East, which is invading the continent from the sea. The show is designed from a sequence of scenes, which present events that happened on the route followed by the migrants, from the boat that transports them across the sea, with the group of cynical guides, who treat them as a commodity, but, presenting their good intentions, giving the migrants behavioral instructions at sea, then in Europe.


Slava's wife, Renata, dies. After a while, he finds his wife's e-mails, from which it emerges that, for years, Renata had cheated on him, thus invalidating his paternity. As much as it pains him, he understands that he has no right to blame Renata, because he has also had a mistress for about four years. Still thinking about the nature of lying, Slava decides to stop lying, to tell only the truth. And this decision brings him new suffering: he becomes rude and uncomfortable for the rest of the world.


The Little Soldier is a story for all ages and all times, carrying with it the scent of childhood forever. The world seen through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl is as candid and unpredictable as a serious game of life and death. The show is composed like a childish puzzle from the memories of Grandma, the central character of this Cosmos, the mistress of the games and the holder of all the small and big questions in the universe. Grandma is childhood, she is the world, she is life. That is why she is not allowed to disappear, and little Ami decides to save her grandmother from death, training an entire army of soldiers to defend her...



"Dramatic Creation Contest for Short Play" aims to encourage original Romanian dramaturgy, especially short theater, as part of the prestigious Oradea Short Theater Festival, which since 2013 has been part of the Oradea International Theater Festival.

The organizers do not suggest a specific theme, leaving freedom of choice to the creators, the criteria for judging the pieces being aesthetic. The only imposed element is the formal one, required by the rigors of the short theater. In the opinion of the organizers, the short piece has a maximum of 25 pages (approximately 50,000 characters without spaces), and its editing must not exceed 90 minutes, without a break.

This year, 13 texts were entered in the competition, which were read and analyzed by the jury made up of theater critics Elizabeth Pop, Claudio Groza and editor-in-chief of Familia magazine Ioan Moldovan. Following the evaluation of the texts, starting from premises related to the dramatic technique and the artistic value, three of them were nominated, namely:

  1. SUB – SOUL, by Crista Bilciu
  2. SUPER OK, by Mircea Moroianu
  3. UNDER CONSTRUCTION, by Marco Tesei

The piece declared the winner, in full agreement of the jury members, was "Sub-soul", written by mrs Crista Bilciu.


The play "The Stag King" revolves around the image of King Deramo, who is convinced by Prime Minister Trataglia that he must marry in order to leave an heir to the throne. To this end, he organizes a series of meetings with girls from all over the kingdom, regardless of their social status. With the help of some magic tricks, he manages to find his chosen one. However, this is not a happy ending, but the very beginning of a series of more and more bizarre entanglements.


The show entitled "Collisions" talks about the man of today. Men and women, independent but at the same time interconnected stories and events that outline a diverse portrait of us.

how are we Sometimes nice, other times full of weaknesses, we yearn for love, but if we receive it, we don't know what to do with it. We fight with others and with ourselves, we support or crush each other, we accept and refuse, we cry and laugh together. We bump into each other every day, we break up, then we find each other.


In the beginning it was just US... and that was it. With our torments, with our sorrows, with our joys, with our thoughts. Everything takes on another dimension as new settlements, new feelings, new people are discovered... as we rediscover ourselves. With every spoken word we discover a world

What if we were to go back to the ORIGIN? Would we be different now?


The Professional Artistic Ensemble Crisana successfully carries the banner of Romanian folklore throughout the country and has proven this in numerous international confrontations. Through the Extraordinary Concert "From Bihor to Banat", the artists of the ensemble bring to the public gems of folklore from the two areas during the two hours of the show.

BÉRENGER – recital by Emil Boroghină after "Killer without Cimbria" by Eugène Ionesco

Eugen Ionescu believes that the world is him, and as such, if he knows himself, he will know the world. Disappointed and passionate, burlesque and pathetic, Eugen Ionescu is a lonely man. Mistrust, doubt, fear of others leads him to solitude. And yet there is in him a feeling of participation in the collective dramas of humanity, a feeling of suffering in front of its pains. He is not among those who drink without thirst the liquor of humanism. He is hungry and thirsty.


Mare and Mic are two Frenchmen who do not have many professional prospects and decide to create homemade bombs in pressure cookers. Their initiative, apparently without much chance of success, turns into a real business as the experiments bear fruit and they are joined by some promising partners. He creates relations with the Islamic world and benefits from the tacit support of the French authorities.


In a world that is much faster, harder to follow and understand, parents can have surprises that can destabilize them when they relate to their children. At their precocity. To the lack of preconceptions and to the way they choose to live their freedom. In short, the eternal war between generations. In the show at the Comedy Theater we will meet five parents who meet to judge and condemn the freedoms of adolescence, hiding their own equally adolescent beginnings under a veil of prudery and prejudice.


"Dissatisfied with what is happening to his life, Edmond decides to start over. To the temptations of the street, he responds brutally, with the sharp edge of the blade, out of desperation, misunderstanding, fear. In his painful odyssey, he accumulates experiences and sensations, crossing brothels and nightclubs, where encounters with others are frustrating and alienating. In a world full of "dead", being alive is the protagonist's obsessive aspiration.




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