Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill

Episodic structure
Episodic structure

The scenic design was based on the Romanian flag.

Ceaucescu
Ceaucescu

A lecture on Communist Romanian History

Smashing an egg
Smashing an egg

In Romania, food was not just a commodity, but a bartering tool and here the father smashes a coveted egg in front of his family.

Securitate
Securitate

Actors play between three and nine characters and here the actor plays a Romanian security officer

Angel
Angel

The angel was designed based on the tryptic images of Medieval Romanian cathedrals.

Revolution
Revolution

In Act II, the actors are isolated and tell their individual stories of revolution.

Lines
Lines

Characters are waiting to buy meat, a common daily activity in Communist Romania

Doctor
Doctor

Girl seeks an abortion from a Romanian doctor, considered an illegal activity.

Palinka
Palinka

The men gather to drink traditional Romanian palinka and tell stories.

Staged in the moment of the Romanian revolution, this play explores the effect of Ceaucescu's dictatorial regime on the people and the land.  

 

Scenic and lighting design by David Leugs

Painting and backdrop by Jayme Mellema

Costume design by Melissa Merz