The National Theater in Bucharest: a place to learn about film and philosophy

From the play: Lamia Beligan

Had the chance to watch Vivien Leigh: The Last Press Conference , written by Marcy Lafferty, directed by Liana Ceterchi, played by Lamia Beligan.

I knew too little things about Vivien; that she won two times The Academy Awards, once for the  Best Actress, as Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and for the role as  Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). I also knew she was amazingly beautiful. Then I have found out that she was not happy with her beauty, thinking that this will diminish her credibility as a good actress. Incredible!  

                                                        From the play: Lamia Beligan

The play revealed many other insights. Viviene had Indian origins (from her mother's side), Leigh is her first husband's surname, she had a bipolar disorder and she died at 53 of chronic tuberculosis. Lady Olivier, as she was also known because she had a beautiful love story with the actor and the director  Olivier Laurence with whom she married in 1940, was so ambitious, humble, passionate and hard-working. She wanted to become  'a big star' and she managed to do so.  
                                                                                Vivien Leigh

After the play, I have searched online about her life on various websites. Her life is incredible and same incredible is how Lamia Belgan managed to keep us one hour and a half watching her acting with no pause. I was wondering how can an actor talk one hour an a half with no break, how can she remember all those things? Incredible, really incredible.

                                                                              From the play
The director of the play is Liana Ceterchi -  I had the chance to meet her in person at the play 'In Memoriam Camille Claudel'  - an amazing piece of art!  Camille Claudel was a genius  French sculptor who ended up poor in an asylum; she eventually gained recognition after her death. As the play showed, was so difficult to be a woman, a sculptor, a lover and a sister/daughter,  back to 1880 to 1943. Her story made us cry inside the theatre.  Liana Ceterchi directs plays which promote women from the past or the present,  who had something to say in the society. She has a warm soul and I am so happy that I had the chance to meet her. I think she does a great job promoting women!

     Camille Claudel play with Liana Ceterchi (middle), Cezara Munteanu (write), Teodora Toader (left as you read)

Will end up my post with another play: Exit the King  , written by Eugène Ionesco and directed by Andrei and Andreea Grosu. Saw the play at the National Theatre in Bucharest and admired the talent of Victor Rebenciuc and Mariana Mihut.  I was wondering if the King dies because he is afraid of death or he dies because the people that surround him tell him to die...difficult to understood philosophical plays

Victor Rebenciuc and Mariana Mihut

Victor Rebenciuc and Mariana Mihut

From the play 'Exit the King'


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