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CONTRASTS q&a preview by Richard Bovnoczki
July 25, 2012

What is your job on this show?
Actor and Director.

When did you know you wanted to work in the theater, and why?
When I was a 4th year student at the Theater and Film Academy in Bucharest I felt I could be an actor. I felt I was gifted for this calling. That same year had several shows at the Academy's Studio, so when I set foot on stage for the first time I realized I was not intimidated. I felt at ease on stage, I had a connection with it. I really love performing.

If you're not a New Yorker: what are you most looking forward to doing and seeing (apart from the festival) while you're here?
I would like to spend more time with my mother and my brother who have been living in New York City for many years. I'd also like to be able to spend more time with my friends here.

In your own words, what do you think this show is about? What will audiences take away with them after seeing it?
At the beginning of the show I wake up next to a girl I don’t know and I am confused because I don’t understand how we ended up in this situation. It is a mutual wondering. Then I am pulled into different life situations and it is the same girl that unleashes the fast, dramatic, tragic or comic flow of these encounters. Each time we discover we know each other from somewhere, but we cannot remember where from. These random meetings (as far as space and time are concerned) create a very colourful and engaging travel, after which one can deeply enjoy the epilogue. People are different and so each person from the audience will take home what he or she needs from our show, but I dare say that thanks to the behavioural language we use (which passes the borders of classical pantomime) and our show’s rich imagination and energy, each one will leave the theatre with a bag full of ideas, imagination, good spirits and the desire to have had seen more of it. The stage vocabulary which we learned by working with famous Romanian actor Dan Puric uses movements and behaviour fit to each situation, reaching refinements that classical pantomime language couldn’t reach.

Which cartoon character would you identify your show with: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Mickey Mouse, Marge Simpson?
I believe Bugs Bunny will fit because of his dynamics, smart solutions, and humor.

Why should people come to FringeNYC this summer, rather than the beach, mountains, or the latest movie blockbuster?
A theater festival enriches the atmosphere, spices up the common flow of days and offers us food for our souls and minds. Even though New York City is spectacular through its architecture, fast pulse of its streets and much more, I believe that the atmosphere of this big city will have something else during FringeNYC (August, 10-26th), something created by this artistic marathon.