Playwriting is my favourite game. On my bad days – I play it to make the world a better place for those like me, imagining I can control everything. On my good days – I play it to give my voice to those who don’t have one and help them be heard.
No matter the day I have, this game implies discipline and connection to reality. I can not imagine a play in my head. I have to go out and seek for my heroes. Follow them everywhere and listen closely to what they say. Never judge them – just make sure I understand what they wish for and make it real.
When I play directing, I am interested in a type of theatre that is alive and talks about real people around us, caught up the same events as all of us are. We are all heroes and our lives are sequences of extraordinary events. But we forget easily and that’s when theatre does it’s magic. Let’s put the lights on and talk about it!
Olga Macrinici was born on February 14, 1987, in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Performative Arts – Directing, at the Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and the MA in Playwriting, coordinated by Alina Nelega, at the University of Arts, Targu-Mures. Currently, Olga is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Arts, Targu-Mures, researching the Post-Soviet Dramaturgy of the New Millennium.
In 2011, she directs OXIGEN by Ivan Vyrypaev at the Ariel Theatre for Children and Youth, Târgu-Mureș.
In September 2013, she is invited with her play MOLDOVASHOP. We Have Everything! at the International Theatre Festival – VERBARIUM, Chișinău.
Starting March 2014, Olga coordinates the Youth and Volunteering Programmes of the Targu-Mures National Theatre and runs playwriting workshops for the Romanian Youth Company.
In July-September 2016, Olga participates in the FreshStart residencies at the Reactor, Cluj-Napoca, where she writes and directs DOCUANIMAL – A Play About the Human-Animal Bond.
In November 2016, she directs MAMELOSCHN – Mother Tongue by Sasha Marianna Salzmann, at the Targu-Mures National Theatre, within the project Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe.
Olga’s most recent performance is GEN.EU – which she co-directed with Andi Gherghe. The performance is based on six winning short plays selected in the playwriting contest eurOpinions, organized by Theatre 3G and the Targu-Mures National Theatre.
DOCUANIMAL – A Play About the Human-Animal
The play is based on interviews with real people whose activity is directly connected to animals: a pet shop seller, a hunter, a horse-riding trainer, a homeless person. Their monologues are interlaced with scenes from our everyday life about the way we come in touch with animals. Besides the human characters, you will also find the animal ones – The Doe, Coco – the cheerful Jako, and Bella – the dog. Their presence is essential in the play – as they help us understand the way the human-animal bond has developed in our days.
Some of the questions the characters from DOCUANIMAL are asking themselves: when did we start taking animals for granted? Why did they become objects in our lives? Who are we eating today for dinner? What if we wake up tomorrow and there would be no animal left?
Given the topic of the play, it is far from being a sad one, as its situations are full of irony and surprises that offer a good opportunity to talk about our relationship to animals in a non-judgmental, borderless and friendly way.
BondCharacters: 14 (7w, 7m) – cast variable, the same actress / actor can play more than one character
MOLDOVASHOP. We Have Everything!
Having as starting point the events that took place in Chișinău in April, 2009, MOLDOVASHOP is following the mental map of a young girl who is trying to find a better life far away from home. Besides her, you will meet Sasha and Vadim, two best friends, who will give you a trip around Chișinău and tell you who stole the Christmas tree from the central city square and what is the difference between Moldavians and Romanians.
The play alternates monologues with short scenes, talking about the political and socio-economic crisis in a never-ending transitional period in one of the 15 former USSR countries. How has the crisis affected everyday life and what are the struggles of common people? How is it to be young and have dreams in Chișinău? What opportunities do you have?
Even if the events from the play took place in real life, they turn out to be surprisingly different in the play, opening new perspectives on the way the Republic of Moldova is seen beyond its borders and on how its citizens see the world within their personal borders.
Characters: 7 (2w, 5m) – cast variable, the same actress / actor can play more than one character