Gianina Cărbunariu’s play at MESTC, New York

The Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, in partnership with Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, has the pleasure of inviting you at:

A reading of Gianina Carbunariu’s play
Mihaela, the Tiger of Our Town

Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 6:30 pm

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center – The CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016

With an introduction by theater critic and curator Cristina Modreanu

Directed by Tamilla Woodard

Performed by Kevin Crisaldi, Em Grosland, and Jens Rasmussen

English translation by Jim Brown


Mihaela, the Tiger of Our Town is a fictional play inspired by a real event: in 2011, a Siberian tiger escapes from the Zoo of Sibiu (Romania) and is shot after 3 hours of freedom in a neighboring forest.
„During the documentation, I made interviews with people from the town, but I was more interested in their opinions about the city, about what an „European” city could mean today, about their fears, their everyday life, about the way normal people relate to their town, to possible dangers, but also to invented dangers, to minorities, to what is strange or different. The tiger is „the stranger”, the possible or invented danger, „the different one” that enters your reality and forces you to reset your mind. The tiger is also the stranger inside each of us”. (Gianina Carbunariu)

Gianina Carbunariu is a Romanian director and playwright, based in Bucharest. From 2013 to 2015, she was a lecturer in directing at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj. She was the coordinator of theatre workshops at the Conservatoire and Université Libre de Bruxelles and GalataPerform Theatre in Istanbul. She was the initiator of „DramAcum” Association, in which she is a producer and co-producer of independent theatre projects.
Performances by Gianina Carbunariu were presented in international festivals including the official selection Avignon Festival 2014, LIFT Festival in London, Biennale of New Plays from Wiesbaden, TransAmériques Festival in Montréal, New Drama Festival in Moscow, Dialog in Wroclav, Kontakt Festival in Torun, Konfrontacje Festival in Lublin, New Drama in Budapest, Mladi Levi Festival in Liubliana, Divadelna Nitra, New Drama in Bratislava, 20 Years After at HAU in Berlin, and Contemporary Balkan Scene – Onassis Center in Athens.
Recent awards: 2015 – Award for Best Production of the Year – UNITER (The Romanian Association of Theatre Artists); 2014 – The Award of the UNITER’s Senate for In Capital Letters.

Cristina Modreanu is a curator, theater critic, and expert in performing arts, based in Bucharest, Romania and New York, USA. She holds a PhD in theatre from the Theater and Film University in Bucharest and she is the author of five books on Romanian Theatre, including „Performative Utopias. Radical American Artists in the 21st Century” (Humanitas Publishing House, 2014). Modreanu is currently the editor of the Performing Arts Magazine „”, which she co-founded in 2008, curator for theater and performance events, and an associate professor at the Center for Excellence in Image Studies of Bucharest University. She is also a Fulbright Alumna and she was a Visiting Scholar at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Performance Studies Department (2011-2012).
Cristina Modreanu wrote the afterword for „roMania after 2000 – Five New Plays”, edited by Martin E.Segal Theater Centre, The Graduate Center, CUNY, New York (2007) and a chapter on Romanian theater in „Theater in Times of Change” edited by Theater der Zeit (2008). She contributed to special issues dedicated to Romanian theater by „Theater” magazine (Yale University, USA, 2009) and „Alternative Théâtrales” (2010) and penned articles for „Slavic and East European Performance” (CUNY, New York, 2012), „New Theatre Quarterly” (London University, 2013), and „PAJ” (New York, 2014).
She curated the most important theater festivals in Romania: the European Performing Arts Festival in Timisoara (2011-2013), the National Theater Festival (2008-2010), the Romanian New Drama Festival in Timisoara (2006-2008), and co-curated FestCo, the festival produced by the Comedy Theater in Bucharest (2005-2006). She is currently the curator of the Bucharest International Theater Platform, which she founded in 2014.
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Tamilla Woodard is a theatre director who works both nationally and internationally. She is co-founder with Ana Mărgineanu of „PopUp Theatrics”, a partnership creating site impacting theatrical events around the world and in collaboration with international theatre artists. Currently, she is serving as the Artistic Director of The Five Boroughs/One City Project, a multi year initiative of The Working Theater. The project will support the commissioning and development of 5 Playwright/Director teams working in collaborations and creating theatrical works in response to working class communities in all 5 boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island). She is a current Time Warner Directing Fellow at the Women’s Project Theater Lab, a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, alumna of The Lincoln Center Directors Lab and artistic affiliate with New Georges. She graduated from The Yale School of Drama’s Acting program and is the recipient of The Charles Bowden Award from New Dramatists and The Josephine Abady Award from The League of Professional Theatre Women.

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