by Marin Sorescu
March 2019 US Tour
A Kibo Productions and Romanian Cultural Institute USA Event
We were thrilled to collaborate with the Romanian Cultural Institute USA to bring Marin Sorescu's epic tale, Jonah, to American audiences.
Based loosely on the biblical story of the prophet swallowed by a whale, Marin Sorescu's Jonah is a lyrical parable about solitude, life, the choices we make and the choices that have been made for us.
Initially banned by the Communist censors when it was first performed in 1968, Jonah has been played extensively in post-Communist Romania, but only received its US premiere in 2019.
Sorescu's language carries you to world unseen, steeped in philosophy and wonder, far beneath the sea. A world that is part nightmare and part fairy tale; Jonah's desperate struggle to survive his loneliness is at the heart of his poetic journey.
Directed by Sharon Willems
Starring Bogdan Silaghi
Translation: Andrea Deletant and Brenda Walker
Producers: Raluca Cimpoiasu (RCI) and Leonard Bacica (Kibo Productions)
Original Music by Andrea Biondo
Video Design by Cristian Luchian and Leo Bacica
Lighting Design by Leo Bacica
Poster Design by Alex Suchea
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The Romanian Cultural Institute USA, NYC