Little did I know that the Tuesday TV interview was going to be shot at a Libyan restaurant called Saha and that after the interview, we were invited for a meal.
The Director of the company, Adrian Găzdaru came by before the interview was over and he spoke with the reporter for a while. All the jurors for the festival were there as well as my beautiful translator Adriana. One of the things they kept mentioning was the need for the city to increase funding for the theatre. Although they generally get more funding from public sources than we do at Beyond the Proscenium, times are tough and it’s expensive to produce theatre, especially when paying the actors as they do. The even provide housing for them upstairs in the theatre, which someone told me used to be a hotel before it became the city's theatre.
In this part of the world, one must always respect another’s hospitality, so even thought it was dangerously close to my interview and the show, our hosts brought out lemon chicken soup, hummus with pita bread, a salad of finely chopped vegetables with grain and Libyan white and rose wines. Then came the lamb, carrots and what seemed like couscous. I had missed the interview but
The show was “Fuck You, EU.ro.PA! by Nicoleta Esinencu performed by Yuko Fujisawa, a prose pastiche about a young woman dealing with conservative family values, her peers and politics in
Between the and shows, we generally went back to the hotel to have some dinner. We were given tickets worth a certain amount that we would use for our meals. One thing that surprised me was that I got used to the fact that no one uses ice in drinks. Even white wine is served at room temperature most of the time. After the show ended around , we’d all go back to the hotel for a glass of wine or beer and some having a desert or a meal if they hadn’t between the shows already. I don’t think I got to bed before at least on any night.
Tuesday’s show was Tamara Buciuceanu-Botez, one of
I was able to have my other translator, Justin take a message to Laura, the reporter for the newspaper requesting that we reschedule the interview for the next day, Wednesday. I also was asked for an interview by a radio reporter for the public station in