•  Theatre 2016
 Romania
  Teatrul ACT
Vanilla Skype
Written and directed by: Cătălin Ştefănescu
Assistant director: Alexandru Ion
Photography and video: Alexandru Iureş
Graphics: Ionuţ Gavrilă
Translation into English by: Nadine Vlădescu
With: Marcel Iureş, Medeea Marinescu, Marius Manole, Vlad Zamfirescu, Andi Vasluianu, Alexandru Ion, Mircea Postelnicu, Vladimir Purdel
“Vanilla Skype” is a mosaic-story on the great power of storytelling and on the total helplessness of the narrator. A helplessness, which paradoxically can turn into great joy. Four actors are talking on the internet with their psychotherapist, who left to attend a congress. Two workers are on an eternal break, they play checkers and card games, they eat, they drink beer, deconstructing the “grammar” of the world and of existence itself. A detective from a movie shot in the 40s is totally clueless, although everything seemed clear from the get-go. Four actors respond to a casting call. All their “realities” melt into one another, the narrative slowly intertwines with the thought out story so that the characters become almost insignificant. From these, new stories emerge that transcend into the world, each with its own life and unusual powers. The script, written by Cătălin Ștefănescu, is especially designed for the actors in the play, thus emphasizing a neglected feature in the Romanian theater culture today - the close collaboration between the playwright and the actors. The team involved in the performance artistically shapes a collaboration started almost 10 years ago - within the Ideo Ideis National Young Drama Festival, festival that hosted the world premiere of “Vanilla Skype” during its 10th edition, which was performed in front of a 500 person audience.
Performance presented in Romanian, with translation into English.
Performance not recommended to audiences under the age of 16.
Vanilla Skype is a co-production of Teatrul ACT and T.E.T.A. Association. Cultural project co-financed by the Administration of the National Cultural Fund. Project financed in the framework of the cultural programme “Eşti Bucureşti”.
Main sponsor: ExxonMobil
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