With the prospect of Romania’s EU membership on the horizon, five young writers respond to their rapidly changing society in these six short plays. Romania’s vibrant new writing movement has already forged an exciting new body of work for the stage. ROMANIA. KISS ME! gave New Yorkers an intimate look at a culture undergoing radical transformation, through the eyes of a new generation of artists.

The Plays
Red Bull by Vera Ion, Directed by Marcy Arlin
Diagnosis by Ioana Moldovan, Directed by Thomas Caruso
Romania. Kiss Me! by Bogdan Georgescu, Directed by Kaipo Schwab
FUCK YOU Eu.Ro.Pa by Nicoleta Esinencu, Directed by Jackson Gay
Our Children and Bus by Cristian Panaite, Directed by Liesl Tommy

Reviews of Romania. Kiss Me!

“…the shows provide a crisp portrait of a country in transition.”
The New York Times

“…delivers sharp insights about both the characters and the repressive government…”

Romania. Kiss Me! offers a fascinating glimpse into the hardships of life in Romania in the post-Ceausescu era by a quintet of diverse contemporary Romanian playwrights.”

Photo by Carol Rosegg

U.S. Premiere
NOV 17 – DEC 03, 2006

Written by
Nicoleta Esinencu
Bogdan Georgescu
Vera Ion
Ioana Moldovan
Cristian Panaite

Directed by
Marcy Arlin
Thomas Caruso
Jackson Gay
Kaipo Schwab
Liesl Tommy

Translated by
Roberta Levitow
Saviana Stanescu
Cornelia Talmazan

Nadia Bowers
John Boyd
Chris De Oni
Robert Hogan

Set Design:
Clint Ramos
Costume Design:
Oana Botez-Ban
Lighting Design:
Tyler Micoleau
Sound Design:
Bart Fasbender
Production Stage Manager:
Nicole Bouclier
Production Manager:
Lester Grant


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