about the Director
Aleksandar Švabić / Croatia
Aleksandar Švabić was born in Pula (Croatia) in 1987. He studied directing in Belgrade on Faculty of dramatic arts and now lives in Zagreb. He is a member of Croatian Freelance Artist Association. He mostly has an interest for directing his own original devised work or stages contemporary croatian and european plays and texts. His most recent work includes: Difficult Loves, Italo Calvino/Ivan Penović – Croatian National Theatre Split (2020.); Same as every day, Vedrana Klepica and Aleksandar Švabić – Virovitica Theatre (2020.); Death at the disco, Aleksandar Švabić – Kunst Theatar (2020.); Its fine as long as we die in order, Ivor Martinić – Zagreb Youth Theatre (2019.); Breakfast of the Champion – co-production Ulysses and Bitef Theater Belgrade (2017); One dead man, – &TD Theater Zagreb (2017).
about the actor
Nicolae Vicol graduated, in 1999, from the University of Craiova, Faculty of Letters and History, Dramatic Art Department – Acting, class Prof. Remus Mărgineanu, and, since 2016, he has been part of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre’s company.
He has also played at the “Elvira Godeanu” Dramatic Theatre in Târgu Jiu, and “Ion D. Sîrbu” Dramatic Theatre in Petroşani, in more than 50 performances, on texts by Caragiale, Shakespeare, Gogol, Goldoni, Sophocles or Bulgakov.
Alongside his performance in his one man show Dragostele unui fante, another two of his successful roles were: Jean, the seductive opportunist in Miss July by August Strindberg and, in a very different way of interpretation, the resentful Semion Semionovici Poţekalnikov in The Suicide Boy by Nikolai Erdmand, an essential play about freedom, about the tragicalness and the absurd of the human condition.
He has also directed a few performances for children such as: Cinderella’s Story after Charles Perrault, and Little Muck by Wilhelm Hauff.
In the Craiova National Theatre’s current season, Nicolae Vicol is playing 6 plays: Where Is My Soul? after Marin Sorescu, directed by Norbert Boda; Farewell, Europe! after Ion D. Sîrbu, directed by Bogdan-Cristian Drăgan; Under(re)Construction by Marco Tesei, directed by Alex Teodorescu; Ajax. An Essay on Dementia after Sophocles, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu; The Old Man and the Euthanizer by Ionel Buşe, directed by Vlad Drăgulescu; The Jays by Al. Kiriţescu, directed by Alexandru Boureanu.
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