Radu Stanca

Playwright, poet, essayist and theatre director, born in Sebeș on 5 March 1920 and died in Cluj on 26 December 1962. He started writing when he was in school and until 1945 he published lyrics, articles and essays in different publications, such as: Națiunea Română, Pagini literare (in Turda), Lanuri (in Mediaș), Afirmarea (in Satu-Mare), Familia (in Oradea), Gând Românesc, Symposion, Luceafărul, Universul literar. He was a student of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy in Cluj, which he graduated with a thesis on The Issue of Reading. His first stage appearance is in the role of Farfuridi from O scrisoare pierdută (A Lost Letter), directed by the university Professor Liviu Rusu. He taught the course Introduction to the aesthetics of theatre at the Popular Conservatory in Sibiu. In 1974, he is awarded with the Sburătorul Award for the manuscript of the play Dona Juana. The first performance he directed, Căsuța din câmpie (Little House on the Plain), by S. Marshak, was premiered on 13 February 1949. Among the most important performances he directed, we mention: Gaițele (The Jays) by Al. Kirițescu - in four different stagings, O scrisoare pierdută (A Lost Letter) by I. L. Caragiale - in three different stagings, and Hagi Tudose by B. Delavrancea. On 1 October 1956, the German Department of the Sibiu State Theatre is founded, on the urge of Radu Stanca. Starting with October 1961, he is main-director at the National Theatre in Cluj and here is where he directs his last performances: D-ale carnavalului (Carnival Adventures) by I. L. Caragiale and Uncle Vanya by A. P. Chekov.

Constantin Chiriac:
“The spiritual patron of the National Theatre of Sibiu, Radu Stanca is the creator of the new Theatre in Sibiu, in the 20th century. He is awarded a star on the Walk of Fame for his drama work, for his activity as an actor, director, poet, essayist, cultural entertainer, as well as a leader of the Sibiu Literary Club.”

Supported by: Banca Comercială Carpatica