Text: Alexandra Badea
Directed by: Radu-Alexandru Nica
Director of image and editing: Alexandru Condurache
Scenography: Iuliana Gherghescu
Original music: Claudiu Urse
Assistant director and prompter: Sanda Anastasof
Project manager: Claudia Maior
Cast: Raluca Iani, Ali Deac, Iustinian Turcu, Ciprian Scurtea, Andrada Oltean, Iulian Buzuloiu
‘The project “Maternal” was born out of the need to understand and mend a more than worrying reality in our society: presently, Romania records approximately 53,000 institutionalized children, i.e. the equivalent of the population a medium-sized town. Considering that ageing population is a very real and worrisome phenomenon of the 21st century, the fact that we are incapable of ensuring a decent future to these children so they can be useful to society makes reality ever more inexplicable and this problem more acute.

The text follows the story of a woman who tries to dismantle preconceived ideas, collective indifference and corrupt administrative structures that make it possible for this endemic issue to perpetuate, but at the same time, it captures people’s confrontation with their own limits, mistakes, momentary dismay in their fight against an almost disarming state of inertia of the community. As suggested in the title, the theme of individual vs. collective maternity develops through a vivid, nuanced dialogue, with the text revealing a slice of authentic, troublesome life, though not entirely hopeless, of current Romanian society.’ Radu Nica, director
Estimated duration:1h 40min
Premiere Date:10-10-2020
Age limit:Performance not recommended to those under the age of 16