Iași

Once my production opened, I had several days free, so I headed to Iași, the largest city in northeast Romania (Moldova) and the home base for three of my Fulbright colleagues. The city’s location makes it seemingly less accessible, and the cheap train and bus rides are too long; however, there are plenty of short and…

The Big Night

After 19 consecutive days of rehearsal, we finally premiered The Fantasticks last night at Fabrica de Pensule (“Paintbrush Factory”). With only a hundred or so seats, the house filled to capacity with an audience comprised primarily of the actors’ friends and family members along with a handful of UBB professors and several of my Fulbright colleagues. With outside…

Brașov Report

The final Fulbright meeting with the Commission will be in Brașov next week, the same week as the premiere of my musical, so I will not be able to attend. The grantees have been asked to prepare a short presentation summarizing their experiences in Romania. This post will serve as my “public” report. I greatly regret that I won’t…

Back in the Saddle

Part of my Fulbright grant and my primary assignment to UBB is to provide a musical theatre module (an “intensive”) for the eight first-year Masters students in the acting program. I claim no expertise in musical theatre and have only limited experience, but this is one distinctly American topic that the UBB theatre admin thought I could…

Spring Break

Our spring break at Babeș-Bolyai University fell the week after Easter Sunday; consequently, my classes scheduled for Good Friday were forfeited. Those students told me in advance that they would be going home, and they asked that I reschedule their class, which I did. The result was that I effectively ended up with two weeks for spring…