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THE CONCRETES To Play During Undergroundzero Festival at PS122, 7/6-25

East River Commedia in association with Monday theatre at Green Hours present THE CONCRETES as a part of the 4th annual undergroundzero festival. THE CONCRETES will run at Performance Space 122 from July 6-25.

In the youngster's night out, in a frenzy world full of easy amusements of a futuristic Moscow, long after the myth of the surgical strike disappeared, our characters decide to tear apart universal pieces of literature, to go inside other worlds and to search for new prey. Trip after trip, from Moby Dick to Natasha of War and Peace or the heroes of Dune, three - too real [aka concretes] - teenagers chew with orgasmic pleasure the symbols of world literary heritage then leaving with satisfaction towards something new.

Widely applauded in Romania, in various locations in Bucharest and in other theatres in the country, the performance engages young and more experienced theatre goers with a unique wit, the new language of the east, the raw screams of degenerated humans and to compensate: visual pleasures in a special offer by VJ Cinty.

The cast features Katia Pascariu, Monica Sandulescu and Marius Damian. THE CONCRETES is directed by Alexandru Mihaescu with costumes by Carmen Secareanu.

Tickets ($20) may be purchased online at or via phone at (212) 352-3101.

Vladimir Sorokin (Playwright) Vladimir's development as a writer took place amidst painters and writers of the Moscow underground scene of the 1980s. Sorokin's works, bright and striking examples of underground culture, were banned during the Soviet period. His first publication in the USSR appeared in November 1989, when the Riga-based Latvian magazine Rodnik (Spring) presented a group of Sorokin's stories. Soon after, his stories appeared in Russian literary miscellanies and magazines. In 1992, Russian publishing house Russlit published Sbornik Rasskazov (Collected Stories) - Sorokin's first book to be nominated for a Russian Booker Award. In September 2001,Vladimir Sorokin received the National Booker Award; two months later, he was presented with the Award of Andrey Beliy for outstanding contributions to Russian literature.

Alexandru Mihaescu (Director) started out as an actor after he graduated in 2003 from the Rostock Acting University in Germany. He followed different employments in theatre and film in Germany and Romania, while completing directing studies at the Bucharest University of Film and Theatre in 2006. In 2005, the Theatrical Union of Romania (UNITER) nominated him for the best emerging actor award. He then received a Robert Bosch scholarship in Cultural Management, which brought him back to Germany for one year working in theatres such as Theater an der Ruhr, Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf and Kampnagel in Hamburg where he co-produced the East-European Arts Festival Tr@nsfusion. From 2008 until the present he had several engagements, notably playing the main part in Radu Gabrea's movie Red Gloves that premiered at the Transylvanian International Film Festival, the defense attorney in the Last Hour of Elena and Nicolae Ceausescu, a reenactment of the trial on stage, that successfully toured Germany and Switzerland and the production of the Pulse-Project at the Fabrica venue in Bucharest with the Chilean director Javier Opaza-Madariaga. He has been a long-time collaborator of the German Theatre in Timisoara where he staged David Greig's The Cosmonaut's Last Message To The Woman He Once Loved In The Former Soviet Union and Ravenhill's Pool (no water). With the 2008 staging of Pool(no water) and his latest production The Concretes he participated at the National Theatre Festival Bucharest and the Arad Underground Festival in 2009. At present he is living as a freelance actor and director in Bucharest.

Monday Theatre@Green Hours was founded in 1994 and is located in the middle of downtown Bucharest. It promotes young directors, actors and playwrights from Romania; the café-theatre is one of the first spaces dedicated to independent theatre in Bucharest, with productions already presented in many international festivals.


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