Friday, April 23, 2021, 21:30 EET (GMT +02:00)


Director: Claudia Espinola / Paraguay

Actor: Iulia Lazăr

Episode: Day 4. Story 10

about the Director

Claudia Espinola

Claudia Espínola was born in Asunción Paraguay in April 1991.

In 2018 she debuted as dramaturge with her first piece called Condenadas, a feminist play that she also helped to direct.

Her debut as director came with Ninfómana Alérgica, a play that she also co-wrote with the lead actress, which has just premiered in April 2021 and pretends to stay a month on billboards.

In September 2021 she’ll present her second piece called La noche mas hipócrita del año, also written by her.

She is also an actress, a Stand Up comedian, a screenwriter and a director for film.

In 2019 wrote and directed her first short film called La Maldición who won the biggest prize in the local filming competition: Festival Prócer Latino Sombras en la Noche. A year later she wrote and directed another prize winning short film called Pa’íma he’i for the Smartfilms competition, this time she won Best Script and Best Direction.

She currently works writing scripts for a sitcom, doing Stand Up shows, directing theater and films, and as a professor of acting for film in TIA, one of the most prestigious acting schools in Paraguay.

about the actor

Iulia Lazăr

Iulia Lazar graduated from the “I.L. Caragiale” National University of Theatre and Film Bucharest. Immediately after graduation (2000) she was cast by the director Vlad Mugur in the performance of The Gossip Carnival after Carlo Goldoni, and since then, she has been part of the Craiova National Theatre, where she has played more than 30 roles.

She has worked here with Silviu Purcărete (Phaedra after Seneca and Euripides, The Twelfth Night by W. Shakespeare, Measure for Measure by W. Shakespeare, A Tempest after W. Shakespeare), Robert Wilson (Rhinoceros by Eugène Ionesco), Alexandru Dabija (Good News. Final! by Davide Carnevali), László Bocsárdi (The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge, Caligula by A. Camus), Claudiu Goga (The Inspector by N.V. Gogol, A Night’s Lodging by M. Gorki), Radu Afrim (Meerkats House by David Drabek), Bobi Pricop (Against Freedom by Esteve Soler) etc.

Iulia Lazar’s scenic presence cannot be forgotten, she just catches your attention from the first moment, as shown by her memorable roles played on the stage of the Craiova National Theatre. Her Masha in The Seagull by A.P.Cehov, directed by Yiannis Paraskevopoulos (2015) and Valerica in Meerkats House by David Drabek, directed by Radu Afrim (2019) are just two examples from the dozens of roles she has played so far.

Iulia Lazar also performed in several feature films: Binecuvântată fii închisoare (2002, directed by Nicolae Margineanu), Moartea domnului Lăzărescu (2004, directed by Cristi Puiu), Tache (2008, directed by Igor Cobileanski) etc.

In the current season she performs in 6 performances: Meerkats House by David Drabek (directed by Radu Afrim), Good News. Final by Davide Carnevali (directed by Alexandru Dabija), Athens by Night after William Shakespeare (directed by Charles Chemin), Operațiunea Marte by Alexa Bacanu, Spargerea after Razvan Petrescu, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play by Sarah Ruhl (all directed by Dragoș Alexandru Muşoiu).

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